Vice President Mike Pence started last week like it was any normal week — until Wednesday when tens of thousands of President Donald Trump’s supporters gathered at the Capitol to protest the certification of the presidential election, a protest that quickly turned ugly.
Pence, who continues to face intense pressure from all sides in regards to President Trump, received a standing ovation from his staff during his weekly Friday meeting, as he ended any speculation that he will cave to the mob.
“What he said was, you should hold your heads high and focus not on the actions of people in the past 48 hours, but you should focus on everything you accomplished in the last four years and the good that you did,” a person reportedly involved in the meeting said.
Leading up to the riots, Pence broke with the president’s demands that he somehow overturn the Electoral College results from certain battleground states that Trump lost, which prompted multiple outbursts aimed at Pence by the president himself, including an accusation that Pence lacked “courage” to make it happen.
Trump’s supporters quickly turned on the vice president throughout various social media platforms. The hatred was so intense that the hashtag “hang Mike Pence” trended on Twitter for the better part of the day before the social media network took it down, according to Newsweek.
That same official from the meeting said that the violent actions of the rioters on January 6 were “hanging over the group” which is what reportedly prompted Pence to address the issue. That was probably especially important given the growing number of GOP officials and politicians who have come out against the Trump administration in the past few days.
Pence also reportedly exchanged gifts with his staff during the Friday meeting and his staff presented him with his Cabinet chair. In addition to the gift exchange, Pence joined a long-standing tradition of signing a wooden drawer in his official desk, just like his predecessors.
Proving how classy he truly is, directly after the staff meeting, Pence called the family of the Capitol Police officer who died as a result of injuries sustained during the violent uprising, offering his sympathies and support to the grieving family members.