Video footage shows former Vice President Mike Pence being given a warm welcome while speaking at a convention of the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Florida.
“I am a Christian, a Conservative, and a Republican, in that order, and I am honored to stand before you,” Pence shouted.
According to reporters at the scene in Orlando, people who called him a “traitor” were kicked out of the room or left.
Pence could not be reached for comment.
Pence criticized some supporters of former President Donald Trump after he refused to act during a joint session of Congress convened to certify electoral votes on January 6.
Trump wanted Pence, who was presiding over the session in his role as Senate President, to declare that the way some states ran elections had violated the Constitution. The move, some believed, could propel Trump to win electoral votes from states where Democrat Joe Biden was certified as the winner.
However, Pence said shortly before the session began that “the Constitution forbids me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not.”
In response, Trump said on Twitter that Pence “did not have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our Constitution, giving states a chance to prove the true set of facts, not fraud.” Or the wrong people which he was asked to authenticate earlier.”
Protesters later stormed the US Capitol, disrupting the session for hours. However, Congress eventually certified Biden as the winner, and Democrats were sworn in on January 20.
Trump has since indicated that if he runs for president in 2024, he may choose a different running mate.
The Trump-Pence ticket won in 2016 but lost in 2020.
Pence said at a separate event earlier this month that he and Trump have spoken “multiple times” since leaving office in January.
“And I don’t know if we’ll ever meet face-to-face that day. But I’ll always be proud of what we’ve accomplished for the American people over the past four years.”
Pence, who also hit out at the Biden administration on Friday, argued they pushed for “open borders, high taxes, runaway spending” and other agenda items.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) defended Pence later Friday, saying Pence “is not a traitor.”
“Mike Pence not only served as a member of Congress … one of the most conservative members, he was the governor of Indiana, and he was a vice president, standing right by President Trump,” McCarthy told Fox and Friends. But said.
“Helped get them through tax reform, also helped those judges preside over the Senate. Mike Pence deserves a lot of credit,” he said.