Former Vice President
‘It is great to be back with so many patriots. Dedicated to faith and freedom and the road to the majority,’ Pence said at the ‘Road to Majority’-themed event.
As he began thanking Ralph Reed, the head of the Faith & Freedom coalition, he was met with boos and people loudly shoting ‘traitor!’
Former Vice President Mike Pence was booed and called a ‘traitor’ by audience members attending the Faith and Freedom coalition ‘Road to Majority’ event in Orlando, Florida
Audience members booed and shouted ‘traitor’ at former Vice President Mike Pence at an event in Orlando, Florida Friday
‘And I want to thank my friend Ralph Reed for those overly generous words, I’m deeply humbled by them,’ Pence said.
‘Ralph Reed knows me well enough to know the introduction I prefer is a little bit shorter: I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, and I’m honored to stand before you today,’ he continued, as the shouts also continued.
In the lead-up to the January 6 MAGA riot, former President Donald Trump pushed Pence, who had a Constitutional duty to preside over Congress’ counting of Electoral College votes, to throw out votes from key swing states – in an effort to overturn President Joe Biden’s win.
‘I hope Mike is going to do the right thing. I hope so. I hope so,’ Trump told the crowd at the Ellipse on the morning of January 6, before droves of them stormed the Capitol. ‘Because if Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election.’
Trump falsely claimed to the crowd that Pence had ‘the absolute right’ to toss out Electoral Votes at his choosing.
Pence publicly said he didn’t see it that way.
When rioters got to the Capitol later on January 6, some chanted ‘hang Mike Pence’ for his refusal to do Trump’s bidding.
During Trump’s second impeachment hearing, video footage showed Pence narrowly escaping from the crowd.
Trump never called to check in on him.
Earlier this month, Pence tried to push that he was still on Trump’s good side telling an audience at the Lincoln-Reagan Dinner in Manchester, New Hampshire that he’d spoken to Trump ‘many times’ since they left office.
Former Vice President Mike Pence (left) appeared alongside his wife Karen Pence (right) at the Road to Majority conference Friday
He admitted, however, that they do not ‘see eye-to-eye’ on the January 6 insurrection.
‘But I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years,’ Pence said. ‘And I will not allow Democrats or their allies in the media to use one tragic day to discredit the aspirations of millions of Americans,’ he added.
He told the audience that he ‘learned a lot serving alongside President Donald Trump.’
‘Some people think we’re a little bit different,’ the ex-veep said. ‘But I think what President Trump showed us was what Republicans can accomplish when our leaders stand firm on conservative principles and don’t back down.’
‘It was four years of consequence, four years of results,’ Pence said. ‘It was four years of promises made and promises kept.’
The Road to Majority conference attracted a number of conservative household names including Sens. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Marsha Blackburn, Lindsey Graham and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise spoke Friday at the Road to Majority conference in Orlando, Florida