Last week Donald Trump announced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate and in response, many Americans shuddered in fear.
Pence — a diehard conservative — has a reputation for being bigoted, strongly anti-gay, and passionately pro-life.
With that said, some saw it as a silver-lining that the vice president has very little power, so if by some chance the pair wins the White House, he won’t be able to totally ruin everyone’s lives.
However, The New York Times just threw a monkey wrench into the mix by revealing that Donald Trump apparently sought out someone who he feels could take over domestic and foreign policy decisions for him if elected in November.
In fact, Donald Trump Jr. allegedly approached Ohio Gov. John Kasich with the opportunity back in May, pitching the role as “the most powerful vice president in history.”
While this may seem far-fetched at first, it’s actually quite plausible when you consider the fact that Trump has absolutely no political experience and has already been deemed a global threat based on the absurd foreign policy plans he has shared earlier in his campaign.
Trump has previously made it clear that he wanted his right-hand to be someone who knows the ropes in Washington — evidently, so they can do his job for him.
Trump’s original list of potential VP picks consisted of 16 prominent Republican figures; however several of them, including his former opponents Marco Rubio and Kasich, expressed no interest in the job.
Trump eventually narrowed down his options to three people — Newt Gingrich, Chris Christie, and holier-than-thou Pence — all of whom he spoke very highly of during a Fox News interview the night before announcing his choice.
All three men are experienced politicians who were actively pandering to Trump for the job while lingering in his shadow. Now that we know the extensive power Trump is offering his running mate, we can understand why they were so persistent.
If you didn’t have enough reason to dread a Trump presidency before, this revelation should certainly serve as a big one.
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