Mike Pence slams Obama for describing Trump as a "demagogue": “I don’t think name calling has any place in public life"

As Pence was complaining about a lack of civility in politics, Trump was hurling insults at opponents on Twitter

By Sophia Tesfaye
July 30, 2016 12:54AM (UTC)
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Vice Presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana points as he sits during the second day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (AP Photo/John Locher) (AP)

Donald Trump has spent a considerable amount of time fighting back embarrassing reports that he attempted to nix his own selected running mate in the final hours before his campaign officially announced its pick of conservative Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Since his selection of the conservative, who backed rival Ted Cruz in the primary, there have been countless reports on the significant policy difference between the pair. Still, Trump has attempted to tamp down any talk of potentially problematic ideological rift.

Now we can add name calling to the growing list of areas the two running mates disagree on that includes: trade, a Muslim ban, racist attacks on judges and the need to punish women who seek abortions.


“I don’t think name calling has any place in public life,” Trump's running mate told conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt on Friday. Asked about Democrats attack on Trump during this week's Democratic National Convention, Pence complained that President Obama warn against the rise of a "demagogue" during his speech:

America has changed over the years. But these values my grandparents taught me — they haven’t gone anywhere. They’re as strong as ever; still cherished by people of every party, every race, every faith. They live on in each of us. What makes us American, what makes us patriots, is what’s in here. That’s what matters. And that’s why we can take the food and music and holidays and styles of other countries, and blend it into something uniquely our own. That’s why we can attract strivers and entrepreneurs from around the globe to build new factories and create new industries here. That’s why our military can look the way it does — every shade of humanity, forged into common service. That’s why anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or homegrown demagogues, will always fail in the end.

“I thought that was unfortunate that the president of the United States would use a term like that, let alone laced into a sentence like that,” Pence complained to Hewitt:

While Pence decried the state of politics on the Democratic side, Trump was in the midst of his latest Twitter rant, lashing out former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg and retired four-star Marine general and former commander of American forces in Afghanistan, John Allen:


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Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's Deputy Politics Editor and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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