Donald Trump embarrassed himself during his introduction of vice presidential candidate Mike Pence on Saturday, saying he picked the Indiana governor for party unity. Huh?
Trump talked mostly about himself and attacked Hillary Clinton for 28 minutes before he introduced Pence. I think he may have forgotten what he was at the Hilton Hotel to talk about.
When he was finished veering off into incoherence, he left the stage after introducing Pence, leaving him alone at the podium. There was no standing together before Pence spoke to show unity and strength. There were also no Trump-Pence signs in the room. In fact, the body language between the two men was quite awkward. This is day 2 of Donald Trump’s humiliation of Mike Pence.
The Clinton campaign also weighed in on the embarrassment: “We were prepared to respond with the many ways in which Mike Pence is the most extreme pick in a generation—a doubling down of Trump’s divisive rhetoric and policies. But after publicly waffling over his own choice, Trump spent more time today making false attacks on Hillary Clinton—several of which could also be leveled against Pence—and talking about his own businesses than his own running mate. It turns out, you can force Trump to make a choice and give him a speech, he’s always going to be Trump.”
Watch Donald Trump embarrass himself yet again:
Many journalists are weighing in on this weird spectacle:
MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid: “But there’s been something missing, something that hasn’t allowed them to publicly support him, to feel sort of publicly good about supporting Donald Trump. I think that the purpose of Mike Pence is for them to be able to say, “Well, I’m voting because that guy is on the ticket, he’ll shepherd the Supreme Court picks, he’ll be somebody Donald Trump listens to.” I think the flaw of that is, it’s not clear that Donald Trump would listen to Mike Pence or anyone else. He has to have him on the ticket, but I can’t see them campaigning together. It was very awkward.”
Anyone who's writing this up: It wasn't unconventional or outsidery — it was the most half-assed big-time political event I've ever seen
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) July 16, 2016
Does Trump think he can filibuster the Pence announcement?
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) July 16, 2016
"Back to Mike Pence…" is a perfect transition for Trump to talk more about himself
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) July 16, 2016
This is funny, but it's also really, really unnerving.
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) July 16, 2016
Mike Pence has to be wondering how he stumbled into being the subject of the worst VP introduction ever
— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) July 16, 2016
"Welcome back to hour nine of Donald Trump's introduction of Mike Pence as his running mate…"
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) July 16, 2016
We are at the point where a presidential candidate is bragging about the non-endorsement of his VP. What alternate reality am I in?
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) July 16, 2016