Republican Voters Send Clear Message To Pence

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

On Friday (April 14) afternoon at the National Rifle Association (NRA) conference, former Vice President Mike Pence received a not-so-warm reception.

Following his introduction by NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre, Pence drew loud boos from across the room as attendees expressed strong disdain for the former Vice President, trying to muffle those applauding Pence.

“Well, hello, NRA,” Pence began as he was greeted with more boos.

Yelling over the boos, one attendee shouted, “We love you, Mike!” prompting the former Vice President to respond, “I love you too,” to which many laughed.

Former President Donald Trump also appeared to mock Pence’s introduction, telling the crowd the entrance had “made news.”

Prompting boos from attendees, Trump said, “I hope you gave Pence a warm approval.”

At first, the former President seemed to be holding the crowd back from booing Pence telling them that the former Vice President is a “nice man,” reiterating that Pence is a “good man.”

However, Trump continued, appearing to mock the exchange with Pence, describing the former Vice President’s appearance as “rough.”

Trump then went on to detail his lead in polls, explaining he was leading all other announced and potential Republican candidates, including Pence.

Pence’s political position among Republicans has suffered because of his role in certifying the 2020 Presidential election.

The former Vice President first earned the ire of Trump supporters as they rioted at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, chanting “Hang Mike Pence.”

Despite this, the Vice President is rumored to be considering a run for the White House but has not confirmed whether he will ultimately challenge Trump.