Former Vice President Mike Pence was confronted with boos and shouts from “traitors” on Friday as he spoke at a Conservative conference on retaking the Republican majority in Washington DC
“I’m a Christian, a Conservative, and a Republican in that order,” Pence said as the crowd cheered him on at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Orlando.
But during Pence’s speech, the attendees could be heard on the video of the event yelling “traitors” and booing the former Vice President while others continued to cheer.
Reporters from the event posted on Twitter that those who attempted to interrupt Pence’s speech were either removed or left the event.
‘No regret’: Evangelicals still support Trump after the Capitol uprising
After four years in the office of former President Donald Trump, Pence became enraged by Trump supporters that he hadn’t done more to prevent President Joe Biden’s victory, despite the vice president’s no power to overturn the election results.
Pence was among the officials evacuated from the Capitol when a pro-Trump mob stormed the building on Jan. 6 to stop Electoral College certification. Some shouted “Mike Pence hanging” as the mob swept across the Capitol following a nearby rally where Trump was speaking.
As President of the Senate, Pence refused to reject votes from states that voted for Biden. Trump has been criticizing his former vice president since that day.
Earlier this month, during a public appearance in New Hampshire, Pence said that he and Trump had spoken several times since Jan. 6, but the two would likely never be eye level that day.
Still, Pence continued to praise the Trump administration in public.
Pence would have expected to find a friendly audience at the Coalition for Faith and Freedom conference. The non-profit political advocacy group says on its website that one of its missions is to “mobilize and train people of the faith to be effective citizens” and “speak for Christian values”.
The former vice president has called himself an evangelical Christian and campaigned for causes that appeal to religious rights, including opposition to abortion.
Trump and Pence found sustained support among white evangelical voters. Edison Research’s exit polls showed that their ticket won 76% of support among white evangelicals in the 2020 election, and the Associated Press VoteCast poll found that about 81% of support in that group was for Trump.
Evangelical voters are a foundation within the GOP. A Quinnipiac University poll published in May found that nearly three-quarters of Republican voters believe too much has been made of the January 6 attack on the Capitol and it was time to move on.
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