When former Vice President Mike Pence
took the stage at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's annual conference on Friday, he was met with a chilly reception from some.
There were some applause, but Pence was also booed by audience members, who echoed former President Donald Trump
's criticisms of him.
“It is great to be back with so many patriots dedicated to faith, freedom, and the path to the majority,” Pence said as he began his remarks at the Orlando
Several shouts of “Traitor!” followed.
At the Faith & Freedom Coalition summit, Pence is drowned out by hecklers, some of whom appear to be chanting "traitor!" pic.twitter.com/pAQxavsK3O — Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) June 18, 2021
According to Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel, some protesters who yelled at Pence were escorted out of the venue, while others left on their own.
When Mike Pence begins speaking at the Faith & Freedom Coalition summit, there are a few cries of "traitor!" The people
yelling it are being led out or leaving, with one guy in the Bikers for Trump swap filming himself. — Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) June 18, 2021
Every year, the Faith and Freedom Coalition, which bills itself as a grassroots Christian conservative advocacy group, hosts a conference, with speakers such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Since the insurgency at the United States Capitol
on January 6
, Trump has infamously called on his vice president to disrupt the official certification of the 2020 presidential election
, which Trump lost, during a rally near the White House
shortly before hoards of people broke into the building.
Rioters who stormed the Capitol demanded Pence's execution, and gallows were erected outside the building.
Trump previously stated that failing to stop the certification of Joe Biden
's victory would be a betrayal, and he used his time on stage at the January rally to call on his supporters to "fight like hell."
The Washington Post
reported that Trump was enraged and refused to speak with Pence in the aftermath of the deadly rioting.
Pence told a New Hampshire
audience in early June that he had spoken with Trump "many times since we left office."
“I don’t know if we’ll ever agree on that day,” Pence said, adding, “but I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years.”