Trump botched VP rollout by dithering over Pence decision
More word is coming out that Trump was using the Nice attack as an excuse to postpone his announcement to rethink his decision to name Mike Pence as his running mate.
The Nice attack was likely just an excuse, since railing about so-called “radical Islamic terrorism” is a major theme of the Trump campaign. What better day to yank the sheet off his running mate, than in the aftermath of an attack, when they can bellow together about making America great again by arming it to the teeth and ridding itself of the far’ners? It would have been an ideal moment for them to bang the security state drums. A cannier right wing demagogue, like Ted Cruz, would have seized it.
It could explain why the announcement was postponed, but then announced in a surprise Tweet that morning, rather than at an event. The presidential candidate was up late after postponing the event, then just said “screw it,” and tweeted his announcement in an emotional fit, rather than with the actions of a leader in control of his operation.
It also explains why Newt Gingrich lobbed a rhetorical grenade about Muslims in America even as people were bleeding to death in Nice. Gingrich told Fox News, “We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background and if they believe in Sharia they should be deported.” Gingrich seemed to fail to comprehend that Sharia for Muslims is roughly analogous to the Gospel for Christians. And his call for deportations seemed to include even Muslims born in America who have no nationality but American. Some wondered if Gingrich’s proposal to use the United States Constitution’s establishment clause as toilet paper was a “Hail Mary” bid to win the Vice Presidential nomination as Trump wavered on Pence.