In a fiery social media post, Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy didn’t hold back in his response to Mike Pence’s criticism of populist candidates, including Ramaswamy and former President Trump. Speaking at St. Anselm College’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Pence claimed that populism and traditional conservatism are incompatible. He went on to argue that if the Republican Party embraces populism, its relevance will be confined to history books, leaving it a mere shell of its former self.
It’s not 1980 anymore. It’s painful to watch old-school Republicans recite slogans they memorized in a bygone era. The thing that made Reagan cool was he stood up to the *orthodoxies of his time* without fear. Sadly his disciples today think they honor him by parroting what he… https://t.co/AFppZH0GUo
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) September 6, 2023
But Ramaswamy didn’t let Pence’s remarks slide. He took to X, the social media network formerly known as Twitter, to voice his opposition. Ramaswamy expressed his frustration with old-school Republicans who “recite slogans they memorized in a bygone era.” He called for independent thinking and a departure from Reagan-era dogmas. According to Ramaswamy, the threats to liberty and prosperity today are different from those of the past, including the Deep State, Communist China, and government-tech censorship.
Not stopping there, Ramaswamy also criticized Pence’s supposed lack of awareness, stating that he recently “awoke from a deep slumber” to realize that the world has changed since the 1980s. He believes that this conflict goes beyond partisan politics and is about the survival of the American experiment itself. With such strong words, Ramaswamy made it clear that he’s ready to challenge the old guard and chart a new path for the Republican Party.