Donald Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, asserted politics is no place for "name calling" Friday. Speaking with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Pence responded to President Barack Obama's indirect labeling of Trump as a "demagogue" with a statement many have deemed quite ironic.
"I don't think name calling has any place in public life," Pence said, according to NBC News. "I thought that was unfortunate that the president of the United States would use a term like that." Pence, it seems, was not the biggest fan of Obama's speech earlier this week at the Democratic National Convention.
"Anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or homegrown demagogues, will always fail in the end," Obama said during his speech in Philadelphia, seemingly referencing the GOP nominee. The cries of irony surrounding Pence's call for no "name calling" are, of course, inspired by Trump's habit of doing exactly that.
For example, during his Reddit AMA earlier this week, Donald Trump once again referred to Hillary Clinton as "Crooked Hillary" multiple times. "Crooked Hillary Clinton will not do press conferences," Trump said to one commenter, implying that she had something to hide. When asked how he would help cut back on wasteful government spending, Trump again reverted to name calling. "Keeping Crooked Hillary Clinton out of the White House!" he said.
Trump is also an apparent fan of the name calling tactic on Twitter, as shown in these tweets:
And that's just in the past week. Outside of Hillary Clinton, Trump has called:
- Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas"
- Anthony Weiner a "perv sleazebag"
- Frank Luntz a "total clown"
- Martin O'Malley a regular "clown"
- Karl Rove a "failed Jeb Bushy"
- Jeb Bush a "sad sack"
- Tim Kaine a "joke"
- Penn Jillette "hokey garbage"
- and Ted Cruz a "cheater"
This list is by no means thorough. But good luck with getting name calling out of politics, Mike Pence!