Former Vice President Mike Pence confronted shouts of “traitor” at a conservative convention this week.
Whereas talking on the Religion & Freedom Coalition’s convention in Florida, Pence was greeted with the shouts, video footage confirmed.
“I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order, and I’m honored to face earlier than you,” Pence mentioned by means of the shouting.
In line with reporters on the scene in Orlando, the individuals who cried “traitor” have been escorted out of the room or left.
Pence couldn’t be reached for remark.
Pence drew criticism from some supporters of former President Donald Trump when he declined on Jan. 6 to take motion throughout a joint session of Congress convened to certify electoral votes.
Trump needed Pence, who was presiding over the session in his position as president of the Senate, to declare that some states had violated the Structure with the best way they ran elections. That transfer, some believed, might result in Trump successful the electoral votes from states the place Democrat Joe Biden was licensed because the winner.
Pence, although, said shortly before the session began that “the Structure constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to find out which electoral votes needs to be counted and which mustn’t.”
Trump in response mentioned on Twitter that Pence “didn’t have the braveness to do what ought to have been accomplished to guard our Nation and our Structure, giving States an opportunity to certify a corrected set of information, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they have been requested to beforehand certify.”
Protesters later stormed the U.S. Capitol, inflicting an hours-long interruption of the session. Nonetheless, Congress finally licensed Biden because the winner, and the Democrat was sworn in on Jan. 20.
Trump has since indicated that if he runs for president in 2024, he might select a unique working mate.
The Trump-Pence ticket received in 2016 however misplaced in 2020.
Pence mentioned at a unique occasion earlier this month that he and Trump have spoken “many occasions” since they left workplace in January.
“And I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on that day. However I’ll all the time be pleased with what we completed for the American individuals over the past 4 years,” he mentioned.
Pence, who on Friday additionally hit the Biden administration, arguing they’ve pushed “open borders, larger taxes, runaway spending” and different agenda gadgets.
Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) later Friday defended Pence, saying Pence “just isn’t a traitor.”
“Mike Pence served not solely as a member of Congress … some of the conservative members, he was a governor of Indiana, and he was a vp, stood proper by President Trump,” McCarthy mentioned on “Fox & Mates.”
“Helped him get by means of the tax reform, get these judges in, presiding over the Senate as effectively. Mike Pence deserves quite a lot of credit score,” he added.