Mike Pence Trolled by Stanford Students Shouting, 'We Are the Woke Left!'

Students shouting "Buzz off Bigot" and "We believe in science" greeted former Vice President Mike Pence as he arrived at Stanford University for an event called "How to Save America From the Woke Left."

The second-in-command for the administration of former President Donald Trump took aim at high gas prices, vaccine mandates, cancel culture and "critical race theory" as he delivered his speech to a packed crowd at Stanford's Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Dozens of protesters gathered outside waving signs that read "resist fascism" and "your hate is not welcome," according to social media accounts.

"We are the woke left!" protesters taunted Pence in a chant, according to a tweet from KTVU's Elissa Harrington.

As the Republican prepared to take the stage, other protesters filled the courtyard outside, waving signs and standing next to the barricades.

Pence was brought to the Palo Alto, California, campus with the help of Young America's Foundation, a conservative youth organization. The group tweeted out pictures and videos of the protesters chanting, "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Mike Pence has got to go."

"We don't need to learn from Mike Pence," protesters chanted, according to the group's posts.

Mike Pence Speaks at Stanford
Ex-U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the Advancing Freedom Lecture Series at Stanford University in California. As Pence took aim Thursday at vaccine mandates, cancel culture and "critical race theory," dozens of protesters gathered outside waving signs reading "resist fascism" and "your hate is not welcome." Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Inside, Pence reiterated many criticisms Republicans have lobbed at Washington, D.C., since the party lost control of Congress and the White House in 2020. He decried what he called "Democrats' big-government socialist agenda," and what he characterized as President Joe Biden's embrace of woke culture and assault on free speech.

During the presentation, Pence said that he was proud of the COVID-19 vaccine that was developed under the Trump administration in record time. He said he had received the vaccine and been boosted, but opposed mandates.

"In a free society, that is a choice every American should be able to make for themselves and their family," he said.

Following his speech, Pence took questions and was trolled with inquiries about where to use the bathroom and if he had a gay son. He was also asked more direct questions about his falling out with former Trump and rifts in the Republican Party.

He was asked about Trump's previous comments that he didn't go "far enough" and reject the results of the 2020 election as Congress was certifying the results. Pence said he stood by his actions and acknowledged that he may never see eye-to-eye with Trump, who has persisted with baseless claims that the election was marked by widespread voter fraud.

"You know, I know in my heart that we did our duty that day," said Pence.

Despite his recently rocky relationship with Trump, Pence said he will always remain proud of the administration's accomplishments.

Pence was asked about Republicans "canceling" fellow Republicans. He responded that despite differences of opinion, the American people "decide," before criticizing the media and Big Tech companies "censoring conservatives."

"We've seen people literally shut out of the debate, and when I talk about cancel culture, that's what I'm talking about," said Pence.

He was asked about the Republican National Committee passing a resolution recently that referred to the January 6 riots as "legitimate political discourse."

"Let me say plainly, January 6 was a tragic day," said Pence, adding that those who "ransacked" the Capitol should be held accountable.

He was also asked if he would support Georgia Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has espoused conspiracy theories.

"I'm going to let people figure out their own primaries," he said, but added that he would be out supporting Republicans in the midterm elections.

Kara Zupkus, spokeswoman for Young America's Foundation, told Newsweek in an email that her group expected a few disturbances, but was glad some students who disagreed stayed around for what she called "a productive dialogue during the Q and A."

"Those protestors who shouted into the void outside really just deepened their own ideological silos," she said. "The Vice President brought a perspective that is much needed, and not often heard, at Stanford."

Newsweek has reached out to Pence for comment.