Donald Trump’s Running Mate: ‘Name-Calling’ Has No Place in Politics

Mike Pence Accepts the Republican Nomination for Vice President
Make America Polite Again.

On Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, President Obama referred to Donald Trump as a “homegrown demagogue.” On Friday, Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, argued that this display of discourtesy was beneath the hallowed office that Obama holds.

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,” Pence told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Friday.

One of the central appeals of the Trump-Pence ticket has been its commitment to making American political discourse civil again. While Pence was calling out Obama’s un-presidential epithet, the GOP standard-bearer went on a tweet storm about the importance of remaining polite and generous in discussions of political affairs — no matter how much we may disagree with our interlocutors.

Trump made similar arguments for the virtues of treating one’s political opponents with respect throughout the GOP primary.

Pence: ‘Name-Calling’ Has No Place in Politics