Everything About Trump’s VP Announcement Was A Mismanaged Trainwreck


After months of speculation, Donald Trump finally confirmed that he was indeed picking Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a man whose single claim to fame is nearly bankrupting his state over his pathological hatred of gay people, to serve as his running mate. Trump’s campaign did this following a series of almost cartoonish blunders that would make the Three Stooges look subtle. Trump didn’t just step on every rake in the yard, he also slipped on every banana peel and fell down every flight of stairs on the way to the yard.

Needless to say, those in charge of covering political campaigns are having a field day – and everyone else can’t stop laughing. This is not how a VP pick is supposed to play out.

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First, there’s Trump. After weeks of waffling over who he would pick (he reportedly had it narrowed to Pence, Chris Christie, and Newt Gingrich), Trump finally said he would announce his big decision on Friday at 11 am. On Thursday night, a terrorist attack in Nice once again shook the world. Trump hurriedly said he would be postponing his VP announcement out of “respect” – then he went on Fox News and made outrageous claims about Muslims. He also insisted he wouldn’t be cancelling a glitzy fundraiser the next day. His “respect for France” apparently didn’t run very deep.

And then, despite his “postponement” – Trump ended up announcing his pick anyway.

The fact that he botched his announcement so badly made many people wonder whether this was actually a screw-up. Perhaps this was a scheduled tweet he forgot to cancel following the postponing of his announcement? Politico’s Shane Goldmacher’s detailed run-down of how badly this was botched seems to suggest that might be the case.

You get the idea.

On top of all of that, the trainwreck allowed Hillary Clinton’s team to prepare.

Before Trump’s tweet even got its first retweet, Clinton already released a blog post tearing apart Mike Pence. They were ready for this.

By now, most of America has gotten to know Donald Trump’s brand of extremism—and just how dangerous he would be for America. But Trump’s newly announced running mate manages to give his own bigotry and hatred a run for its money: Trump has chosen the most extreme vice presidential pick in a generation.

Meet Mike Pence, current governor of Indiana and would-be disaster for America.

So Trump winds up looking like a blundering idiot. His running mate looks like a monster. His campaign looks like a trainwreck. And the world gets a much needed laugh after a profoundly terrible week.


Featured image via Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

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