On Friday morning when Donald Trump unexpectedly tweeted out that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was his choice for VP, it caught most people off guard. Not that Pence was going to be his running mate, but announcements like this are usually officially made at some sort of campaign event. Trump did postpone his originally planned Friday announcement following the terrorist attack in France, but he had rescheduled it for Saturday. So it was a little strange that he didn’t just wait until that event to formally announce that he had chosen Pence as his running mate.
Nevertheless, on Saturday, Trump personally introduced Gov. Pence and welcomed him to the ticket.
And, wow — was this thing ridiculous.
For starters, I would like to address the fact that Trump actually claimed (with a straight face, no less) that Pence was his “first choice.” While I don’t expect him (or any other politician) to ever admit that they didn’t get their first choice, anyone who’s dumb enough to believe that the Indiana governor was the first person he wanted to be his running mate — is probably dumb enough to think Donald Trump should be our next president.
Let’s not forget that during the GOP primary, Pence endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz, not Trump. That was a point Trump attempted to make a joke about by saying it was the best “non-endorsement” he had received — even though his statement doesn’t remotely make sense. Then Trump claimed that the only reason Pence endorsed Cruz is because he was “under pressure” from the establishment in the Republican party to do so.
Again, you have to be pretty damn naive to believe any of that.
The most embarrassing part to all of this was that Trump’s “introduction” of Pence was basically a nearly 30-minute long rambling train wreck where he talked almost entirely about himself, took shots at Hillary Clinton and, aside from saying that Pence is a “solid, solid person,” didn’t really explain why Pence is qualified and/or why he chose him.
Then when Pence did finally get to speak — Trump walked off the stage.
Typically these sort of events are nothing more than the presidential candidate providing an introduction for their VP where they explain why they chose that person, then they stand together on stage as their running mate (who’s supposed to be the “star” for at least this announcement) gives their speech. It basically serves as the “moment” where the two candidates stand together as a “team” for the first time.
Trump managed to make this whole thing about him, then quickly ran off stage just as Pence was about to speak.
Keep in mind, this all happened on the heels of rumors that, just hours before eventually tweeting out his VP announcement, Trump was attempting to find a way to back out of naming Pence as his running mate. So it doesn’t exactly leave the best of first impressions that, during a speech which was supposed to be about Mike Pence, Donald Trump made it mostly about himself, then couldn’t seem to care less about standing next to his newly announced VP pick while he gave his speech.
Then again, what should we expect? Donald Trump is a self-serving egomaniac who, when he’s not bashing other people, is always talking about how “fabulous,” “wonderful,” and “rich” he claims he is. So it should come as no surprise that, during a speech that was supposed to be about Mike Pence, he made it almost entirely about himself.
Watch the speech below if you can stomach it: