Protesters against Mike Pence’s visit to Stanford distributed these pamphlets.

Former Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech to a sold-out crowd at Stanford University on Thursday night. This is the third leg of his 2021-2022 campus tour. But former President Trump’s second-in-command was met with protests ahead of the event.

The event, organized by Stanford College Republicans in conjunction with the Young America’s Foundation (YAF), is titled without irony “How to Save America from the Woke Left.” Pence spoke for about an hour, followed by a brief question-and-answer session with audience members. The event, at the Dinkelspiel Auditorium, was free with pre-registered tickets.

Although the state of California has largely removed its indoor mask mandate, Palo Alto is in Santa Clara County, where an indoor mask mandate remains in effect. A face covering requirement was in place throughout the indoor event.

Pence spoke about COVID vaccines and revealed he was boosted. As expected, he also spoke of conservative values, criticized the Biden administration, but he also defended himself against Donald Trump.

Protesters wave before former Vice President Mike Pence’s speech at Stanford University. February 17, 2022.

YAF members said they were “delighted” that Pence was speaking out on campus to challenge “extreme left-wing ideas and professors.”

“It’s more important than ever that students hear a pro-freedom, pro-America message to counter the indoctrination they face every day,” YAF President Scott Walker said in a press release.

The so-called “pro-freedom” GOP savior was not warmly received by other segments of the student body. Placards read things like: ‘Stop calling your hate patriotism’, ‘Teach ideas, not hate’ and ‘Immigrants belong, hate doesn’t’, while others shed light on the unfortunate fly-by-night incident of his 2020 debate with then-vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris.

Fly lands on Mike Pence’s head.

The students made their way to the auditorium and shouted the tried-and-true shout: “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Mike Pence has to go!” They even adopted the term “woke”, often used as a pejorative in the right-wing media and chanted collectively: “We are the woke left!”

The speech got off to a rocky start when a handful of protesters booed loudly. One of them was escorted out of the theater.

Pence warned against cancel culture, “wokism” and even tried to shoot the results of this week’s election in San Francisco.

“This week in San Francisco, parents recalled three woke school board members who cared more about renaming schools than reopening them. Wow,” Pence exclaimed to thunderous applause. He added that the results are sending shockwaves across the country.

Outside of the event, we spoke with one of the students who organized the protest against Pence’s visit. Some protesters said they agree with free speech, but believe Pence is encouraging hate speech.

“We really want to let it be known that we, as a collective student body, do not condone his presence here or his harmful rhetoric,” said Ritwik Tati, a student protester.

“This is a show of solidarity with everyone who has been affected by the Trump administration and its policies and everything Pence has said, given that he has so much anti-Muslim and anti-Black rhetoric. “said student protester Sameeha Khan.

During the Q&A portion, Pence was asked about his role in the 2020 election. Former President Donald Trump claimed Pence had the power to overturn the results. In fact, he didn’t.

“You know, I know in my heart that we did our duty that day,” Pence said. He told the crowd he was not sure he and former President Trump would ever agree on decisions made in the election.

You can watch Pence’s speech on YouTube here.