Donald has made a total mess of the vice-presidential selection process, his most significant single decision of the campaign. He publicly humiliated his top three choices, most notably Mike Pence, the man who he eventually chose to be his running mate.
Yesterday we explained how Mike Pence was left to twist in the wind by Donald, perfectly captured by this screenshot:
But embarrassing Pence wasn’t enough for Donald. He also put Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie in the uncomfortable position of eleventh-hour wrangling for a job they were never going to get.
Newt tried mightily to land the gig by ditching any last pretense of caring about the Constitution:
“We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported.”
Chris Christie took it one step further, begging Donald for the job in a last minute phone call:
Mr. Trump fielded a last-ditch appeal from Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, another finalist, who once again pressed his own case.
Christie’s week was ugly:
On Thursday morning, one of his closest confidants pleaded guilty to a felony charge of abusing power at the agency that Mr. Christie tapped him to lead. By that afternoon, federal prosecutors had charged a former cabinet official in connection with the same case, which spun out of the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal that has dogged Mr. Christie for nearly three years. Then he did not get the job he had been publicly pining for, and on which he had pinned his hopes of political resuscitation.
What a crap-show for Donald and his cohorts.
And to top it off, Hillary’s campaign just released a video summing up Donald’s VP selection process: