Some voters in New Hampshire had harsh words for former Vice President Mike Pence during his campaign visit.
A small group of supporters sported signs of "Pence is a traitor" and yelled as he spoke to voters on Friday.
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“Why’d you sell out the people,” one supporter could be heard asking, followed by the question, “Why didn’t you uphold the Constitution” — a likely reference to Pence certifying the 2020 election results, according to Breitbart News.
“I upheld the constitution,” Pence retorted, later yelling, “Read it!”
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"While Pence generally had a calm relationship with Trump during his term in office, he has drawn the lasting ire of many GOP voters for his refusal to go along with Trump’s effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election," the New York Post reported.
"The moment underscored a delicate two-step Pence has been forced to dance on the stump — trumpeting his record as a loyal vice president, while simultaneously making the case to voters that they should choose him over his old boss Donald Trump," it added.
The incident is part of the strong challenge Pence faces in running against his former boss in the 2024 GOP presidential primary.
So far, Trump has dominated polls, with Pence struggling in single digits, though the early numbers are before the upcoming primary debates.
In early surveys, only Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has consistently held double digits against Trump, with other candidates struggling to reach even five percent.
Pence has focused his early efforts on contrasting with Trump's post-2020 fallout and emphasizing pro-life plans in his hopes to run against President Joe Biden in 2024.