The Ridiculous Irony of Mike Pence’s Latest Attack on President Obama is Unbelievable

While the 2016 election has given people plenty to talk about considering it’s one of the most unusual elections we may ever see in most of our lifetimes, personally, I cannot wait until it’s over. This election has tested my patience (and sanity) on more than one occasion. As someone who understands what’s on the line this November, too often I’ve felt like I’ve been covering a “reality TV” version of a presidential election instead of one of the most crucial elections this nation has ever had.

Take for instance comments Donald Trump’s running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence made in response to President Obama calling the Republican presidential candidate a “demagogue” during his speech at the Democratic National Convention.

“You know, I don’t think name calling has any place in public life, and 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 said. “But I just don’t see it. I see, I think what I have found in Donald Trump is this is a man of enormous accomplishment, obviously someone who has achieved great things in his life.”

Is he joking? He really can’t be serious, can he? He does realize he’s running to be Donald Trump’s vice president, right?

When I saw this story I legitimately had to make sure it wasn’t written by The Onion. Then when I read his actual words, I had to re-read them just to make sure what I had just witnessed was actually real. After I read those words I was rendered momentarily speechless by the irony in what Pence said.

He’s running on the ticket alongside a man who’s used some of the following to describe people:

  • “Little” Marco Rubio
  • “Lyin'” Ted Cruz
  • “Crooked” Hillary Clinton
  • “Crazy” Bernie Sanders
  • “Little” Michael Bloomberg
  • “Low energy” Jeb Bush
  • “Goofy” Elizabeth Warren
  • “Pocahontas” in reference to Elizabeth Warren

And let’s not forget calling women “fat pigs,” how often he calls people “stupid” or “losers” and aggressively attacks practically anyone who’s critical of him — including mocking a man’s physical disability. 

Yet the running mate of that presidential candidate wants to lecture President Obama for accurately calling Trump a demagogue?

Just so that everyone knows what a demagogue is, here’s the definition:

A political leader who tries to get support by making false claims and promises and using arguments based on emotion rather than reason.

That’s Donald Trump! 

Sure, when the president said it during his speech he used the term in a negative way to attack Donald Trump — but that’s exactly who Trump is.

Ignoring all of that, the sheer hypocrisy and irony of Mike Pence’s words are astounding. For someone who thinks Donald Trump should be our next president (let alone his running mate) to say that he doesn’t think “name calling has any place in public life” is so outrageously absurd I’m shocked that when he said it everyone listening didn’t instantaneously burst out laughing.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Patricia Merchant Wittman

    Allen, you are always so right on. I want to repost this but the uninformed people I know that actually are supportive of Trump are to closed minded to even want the truth. They rather be led around by the narrow brain than actually face facts. So frustrating. It almost makes me ill to hear them talk and to read their post. How do you handle people like that or do you just give up?

    • Esrom Johnson

      Patricia and Merchant, I thank God everyday for sane-minded people such as yourselves. I don’t think there are enough of you, and I in order to prevent the disaster we’ll be facing in 100 days, but your existence, and your words are comforting.

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  • Esrom Johnson

    very funny, and sadly very true


    The thing that really upset Pence was having to go look up ‘demagogue’ in the dictionary.

    • lee

      what’s even worse is he doesn’t have a dictionary.

  • Bill Boyette

    Your a loser and so is the RAG you write for. Everyone whines about Trump because he can not be controlled by the lobbiest. The Government is a business and needs to be run like one. If you want to write about something . Write about everyone in Congress whom start their terms with meager means and come out millionaires because of the payouts, kickbacks, and under the table deals. All at the expense of the general public. Remember we elect them to office they are suppose to work for us instead of filling their pockets. I am all for limited terms on government. offices. Also those idiots pushed for Obama Crap insurance. Congress shold have to enroll in it. Instead of getting there pampered insurance that the Tax Payer pays for. One last thing. When the President leaves office why the hell should he get a security detail. He is no longer the president let him fend for him/herself. We have to. This country is F’ed up. No wonder we are broke.