Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy took aim at Mike Pence in a social media post on Wednesday after the former vice president took jabs at “populist” candidates such as former President Trump and Ramaswamy himself.
While speaking at St. Anselm College’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Pence assailed his former running mate and claimed that populism is not compatible with traditional conservatism. “Donald Trump, along with his populist followers and imitators — some of whom are also seeking the Republican presidential nomination — often sound like an echo of the progressive they would replace in the White House,” Pence said.
The former vice president went on to argue that populism would lead to a scenario where “our party’s relevancy will be confined to history books.”
“It may live on in some populist fashion, but then it will truly be, in a cruel twist, Republican in name only,” Pence declared. “Will we choose to go down the path of populism and decline? I believe we stand at a crossroads,” he continued, adding that he has “faith that Republican voters will once again choose the good way.”
Not long after Pence delivered his remarks, Vivek Ramaswamy pushed back in a post on