Pastor Greg Locke has compared former Vice President Mike Pence to Judas Iscariot following a speech the latter gave on Thursday where he briefly addressed the events of January 6.
The controversial right-wing pastor is head of the Baptist Global Vision Bible Church in Juliet, Tennessee, and has recently claimed that former President Donald Trump had won the 2020 election.
Pence spoke to a Republican fundraiser in New Hampshire on Thursday and told the crowd he wasn’t sure if he and Trump would ever agree about the Capitol riot on January 6, which left five people dead including Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick.
“January 6 was a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol,” Pence said at a Lincoln-Reagan Dinner in Manchester, New Hampshire.
“But thanks to the swift action of the Capitol Police and federal law enforcement, violence was foiled. The capital was secured. And that same day we reconvened the Congress and did our duty under the Constitution and the laws of the United States,” he said.
“You know, President Trump and I have spoken many times since we left office. And I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye-to-eye on that day. But I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years,” Pence said.
Locke took to Twitter on Thursday night and wrote: “Mike Pence is a Judas.”
On Sunday, May 30 Locke told his congregation that Trump was still president and that President Joe Biden was “still a fraud,” according to a video shared to Twitter by Right Wing Watch.
“I’m here to tell you, I have a president, his name is Donald J. Trump, and he won single-handedly the election of the United States of America and Joe Biden is still a fraud and you can tell him I said so,” Locke said.
“We are not going to fall to Joe Biden and his fraudulent nonsense,” he said.
Locke went on to say that God would soon expose “pedophiles” and “child-groping, sex-trafficking mongrels” as well as election fraud and urged his congregation to pay attention to the controversial election audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, conducted by a company called Cyber Ninjas, which has no experience auditing elections. Previous audits found no evidence of mass voter fraud in the county.
The pastor has also criticized COVID-19 vaccinations, claiming that “elites” were faking getting vaccinated and were in fact only being injected with “sugar water.” He has also urged his congregants to sue any employer who requires them to receive the vaccine.
Locke said that anyone who believes “political elites actually got that vaccination” is “smoking meth in your mom’s basement.”
Newsweek has asked Mike Pence and Greg Locke for comment.