Mike Pence Warns Against Right-Wing Populism, Slams Trump

(TargetDailyNews.com) – Former Vice President and current presidential candidate Mike Pence forcefully condemned conservative populism on Wednesday, September 6th, urging Republicans to embrace more traditional strains of American conservatism exhibited by popular presidents like Ronald Reagan.

Pence separated himself from the Trump-era populism now dominant in the Republican Party in a speech he gave at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College in Manchester. In the speech, Pence said that the Republican Party has come to a crossroads between the old-guard conservatives of the Reagan and George H.W. Bush eras, and the newer populist conservatives strongly backing former President Donald Trump.

Pence said further that while the Republican Party is in a struggle against the far-left and their accomplices in the Democratic Party, populism also threatens the GOP from within, attempting to divide the party between populist and non-populist lines. He also likened the right-wing variation of populism under Trump as a parallel movement to left-wing populism, noting the many left-wing populist movements that ended in disaster.

He condemned populists for abandoning traditional conservative values such as limited government in favor of an agenda based on “little else than personal grievances and performative outrage.” Pence said further that conservative populists want to “abandon” American leadership on the world stage. Many populists within the GOP have been critical of traditional American foreign policy, insisting that the nation’s tendency toward interventionism undermines the interests of the American people, and may even propel the U.S. into a major conflict.

Pence also bashed his former boss, saying that Trump embraced many populist themes since becoming president, and slammed him for abandoning constitutional norms and procedures. He continued to say that if the new wave of populism completely takes over the Republican Party, American freedom would be at stake.

The news comes as Pence continues to stagnate in the polls, with Pence currently sitting at 4.9%, according to the RealClearPolitics Republican nomination polling average. Trump, on the other hand, has a clear majority of the would-be nomination vote, with 53.6%.

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