Donald Trump will never share the spotlight with any running mate, particularly one he hasn’t broken in as a doormat.
I’ve now seen Trump and his VP pick, Mike Pence, together twice, with Trump avoiding eye contact and behaving just short of dismissive. Pence will be walking on eggs, and no matter what he says or does, if Trump decides that telling Pence, “You’re fired!” will make Trump look more presidential to his followers, he’ll do it. And then claim the RNC “unfairly” stuck him with a low-energy loser of a VP.
I’m not shedding tears for Pence. He’s a typical backward-thinking, discriminatory misogynist who cloaks himself in religion, and now he’s volunteered to be the most pathetic second banana in American political history.
The best Pence can muster to say about Trump is, “He’s a good man,” and he repeats it like a mantra. I seriously doubt Pence’s religious faith recognizes incessant boasting, exaggeration, mockery, bullying, and lying as virtues.
I think we’re still looking at a Trump-Gingrich ticket by election day.
Meanwhile, Hillary’s team has been going great guns at turning Trump against himself.
After the Trump-Pence 60 Minutes interview, they must be giddy to get so much new fodder.
Trump says any disagreements with Pence occurred “a long time ago.” And after winning the nomination playing the outsider, Trump now says teaming with a career politician is good for “party unity.”
Since when did Trump EVER want party unity? His whole raison d’être has been to stomp the living shit out of the GOP.
Trump’s challenge now is to wring a drop of Pence-ibility out of all his positions. He’ll be making even less sense than Sarah Palin.
Pence must disavow most of his beliefs and dive into the deep end of Trump’s cesspool of negative campaigning. How long will Pence swallow his revulsion before he blows chunks all over Trump?
On 60 Minutes, Leslie Stahl asked Pence if he’d ever dare tell Trump he’d crossed a line, and Trump guffawed at the question, like, “Yeah, like THAT’S ever gonna happen!” Then Trump said he’d “listen” to Pence (not take his advice), but he’d never apologize to anyone for anything.
Pence brings nothing to the ticket but more mud. Now we’ve got two guys tap-dancing to make wildly divergent wacko notions mesh. Example: Pence tweeted that Trump’s ban on Muslim immigration is “offensive and unconstitutional,” so Trump’s now calling for “extreme vetting,” whatever that is.
How long and how much will Trump be willing to compromise? I’ll give him a month.
It’s a match made in hell. Let’s see how long those two can roast in it before someone spontaneously combusts.