WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Mike Pence was heckled on Friday with “traitor” calls as he spoke at a conservative politics conference in Kissimmee, Fla.
At first, Pence was greeted with cheers when he appeared on stage at the Faith and Freedom Coalition event, which was billed as plotting a political direction toward a conservative majority. But as he began to speak, he was briefly interrupted by a woman who yelled “traitor” several times before being escorted. Pence ignored the explosion and continued with his speech.
It’s unclear who the woman was or what her motivation was for heckling Pence. As she began, others in the audience also appeared to shout “no!” Over and over as Pence spoke of the cacophony.
During the Jan.6 assault on Capitol Hill by a crowd of supporters of President Donald Trump, some in the crowd were heard chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” who was in the building overseeing the counting of the electoral votes consolidating the Biden’s presidential victory. Trump had urged Pence to attempt to overturn the election results, but the vice president said he did not believe he had the power to do so, causing a very public rift between the two that escalated in the aftermath of riot.
Although Pence on Friday touted what he saw as the accomplishments of Trump’s presidency, he also recently made it clear that he may never “agree” with the former president about January 6. At a GOP event in early June, Pence called it “a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol.”
“You know, President Trump and I have spoken to each other a number of times since we left office. And I don’t know if we’ll ever agree on that day, ”he said.
The former vice president gave his usual stumpage speech on Friday, describing what he said were the promises he and Trump have kept over the past four years and attacking the work President Joe Biden has done so far. now.
“After 140 days, the Biden administration and the Democrats in Washington pushed the borders towards openness, higher taxes, runaway spending, police funding, abortion on demand, freedom censorship of expression, the cancellation of our dearest freedoms – the time has come for every American dedicated to the faith and freedom to stand up and be heard and get back on the agenda of the radical left, ”he said. he declared.
Pence criticized the Democratic Party, which he said was responsible for starting “a wave of violent crime that is wreaking havoc in families across the country,” and attacked the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Black lives are not endangered by the police. Black lives are being saved by the police, ”Pence said. “We don’t need to fund the police, we need to stand up for the police and save the lives of law-abiding citizens. “
Pence did not address the many deaths of blacks in custody, including George Floyd in Minneapolis, which sparked protests for racial justice and police reform last summer in cities across the country.