Election 2016

Trump’s Advisers Are Worried He Might Go Rogue With a VP Pick

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

A presidential nominee is ultimately responsible for choosing a running mate, but some of Trump's campaign advisers are afraid he may not even consult or inform them about his choice.

Buried in this report from Bloomberg about Trump downplaying the need to raise money, Trump's advisers privately say they're worried that he may select someone on a whim.

Amid all the nervousness from Republican political veterans that his speeches are too spontaneous, he vowed to show discipline in the announcement of his vice-presidential pick. The campaign has privately discussed making an announcement as soon as this month to deflect from the controversy surrounding Trump University, and some advisers have worried that Trump may decide on his own to post the announcement on Twitter one night with little warning.

Even if he does give his own staff a heads up, we can safely assume his choice will not have been vetted to any meaningful degree. Trump's rivals in the Republican presidential primacy race had more than plenty of time to vet and attack Trump, but they didn't.

They didn't because they agree with what he says and what he stands for. Trump will undoubtedly select a running mate who also agrees with everything he says and stands for. With that in mind, the entire idea of Trump vetting a running mate seems like a misnomer. Does Sauron vet Saruman? Does a garbage dump vet a garbage dumpster?

While a democratic campaign will vet a potential running mate to ensure that they don't have any wildly offensive skeletons in the closet, that would not preclude a Republican; especially not someone running alongside Donald Trump.

The great wealth of material Democratic trackers and PACs can use against Trump could be doubled by an exceptionally bad running mate and I have a hard time picturing Trump selecting someone who isn't exceptionally bad. I believe Trump would intentionally select someone worse than himself if only to make himself look better.

Needless to say, you would have to be an immense idiot or immensely desperate to agree to be Trump's running mate.

  • Maynard Phistlewhite

    $arah!!!

  • ninjaf

    I believe Trump would intentionally select someone worse than himself if only to make himself look better.

    This also gives Trump a scapegoat for when/if he loses. (I think he is going to lose but we can’t get complacent until the votes are counted.)

  • swift_4

    Why doesn’t he have the Heritage Foundation pick, like he did with the Supreme Court nominees. Just outsource all his decisions to the corporate right wing.

  • mdblanche

    “Needless to say, you would have to be an immense idiot or immensely desperate to agree to be Trump’s running mate.”

    Not true. You could also be both.

  • muselet

    Trump’s advisers privately say they’re worried that he may select someone on a whim.

    And well they should be. Everything Donald Trump has done since he got it in his head to run for President has been on a whim. Picking a running mate will be no different.

    My money’s on Ivanka, only because if she weren’t his daughter, he’d totally bang her. What says “classy” and “presidential” more than that?

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    Last night on the podcast page I joked about who Trump picking Alan West. I meant it as snark but I wouldn’t be exactly shocked if it happened. I mean, would it really be all that shocking given how much Trump loves the idea of waterboarding and beyond? This would seem to fit. And talking about feeding red meat to the gullible.

  • Nefercat

    The vp pick won’t be vetted for the simple reason that The Orange Ego will see no reason for it. If he picks the person, then by definition that person is the best! Because Trump is the best!

    Trump would take the notion of vetting as a great insult to himself.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Please pick Palin… Please pick Palin… Please pick Palin… Please pick Palin… Please pick Palin… Please pick Palin… Please pick Palin… Please pick Palin… Please pick Palin… Please pick Palin… Please pick Palin… Please pick Palin… Please pick Palin… Please pick Palin… Please pick Palin… Please pick Palin…

    • Toolymegapoopoo

      This. Times 1000. I’m embarrassed for my country right now, but you have to admit this thing is going to be painfully fun to observe. Hillary will run circles around this doofus and she won’t really need to. If she can just remain lucid and coherent she wins in an electoral landslide. Just imagine what her VP pick will do to Trump’s in their 1 debate. I still regularly watch my TiVo recording of Biden eviscerating that petulant, smug little punk, Paul Ryan, just over 4 years ago. Warms my heart. I swear it has added years to my life.

      • D_C_Wilson

        It would be astounding to watch. Two shameless media whores trying to squeeze their egos into the same spotlight. It would be only a matter of time before that ticket imploded.

      • Nefercat

        Oh, Handsome Old Joe’s shark-like smile every time he made Ryan’s eyes cross or just laughed in his face was a delight to behold. Malarkey!

      • GrafZeppelin127

        The Biden-Ryan smackdown was one for the ages; it was awesome.

        • Toolymegapoopoo

          And it was so incredibly important. Obama had one of his worst ever public performances in his first debate with Mittens. Obama supporters were a little nervous. Then came Biden. He was like ‘don’t worry guys. I got this.’ Joe righted the ship, Obama destroyed Mittens in the next 2 debates and went on to be the first president since Eisenhower to be elected and reelected with greater than 50% of the popular vote.

    • D_C_Wilson

      The logical part of my brain keeps saying that would be impossible. Palin was an absolute disaster as a VP candidate in 2008 and nothing she’s done since has incidated she’d be any better a second time around.

      Then I remember that this is no ordinary election and Trumo may very well pick her because he thinks she’s still hot.

    • Nefercat

      Please pick Palin…”
      ——————————
      I agree with the sentiment in theory but I don’t want that empty-headed hateful harpy to ever again be permitted to think that she has any qualifications whatsoever to be anywhere near any elected office. She’s in over her head just dressing herself.

      Maybe he should pick McCain.

    • Victor the Crab

      And put up with three and a half to four months of listening to that batshit lunatic spew out a hateful word salad of incoherent words and talking points day in and day out? No thanks! Once was painful enough!

    • Aynwrong

      Trump would find more coherence in choosing Harley Quinn as a running mate.

      • Victor the Crab

        Considering Drumph’s hair is of a strange color and he acts like an insane clown, that would make a lot of sense.

    • Christopher Foxx

      That’s exactly, and I mean word for word, what I was going to post. 🙂