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.