Before announcing Mike Pence as his “final, final decision” for running mate, Donald Trump wanted John Kasich. The Ohio governor declined, but not before Trump Jr. pitched Kasich on how he'd be the most powerful VP ever.
“When Kasich’s adviser asked how this would be the case, Donald Jr. explained that his father’s vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy,” The New York Times reports. “Then what, the adviser asked, would Trump be in charge of? ‘Making America great again’ was the casual reply.”
Now that Trump has announced Mike Pence as his final, final running mate, we know Pence will be the real POTUS if the Combover Kid gets elected.
Here are some things that (presumptive most powerful VP of all time) Mike Pence is all about:
- He’s the guy who signed that “Religious Freedom” bill last year okaying it for businesses to discriminate against gays (amended after harsh national criticism)
- Modified Indiana’s abortion policies to make them among the nation’s strictest
- Before opportunity came a-knockin’, he endorsed Ted Cruz
- "Mike was one of the earliest advocates for the Tea Party,” his former aide tells NBC
- As a congressman, he voted in favor of annual automatic pay increases for congress members, saying, “I fear Mrs. Pence more than I fear voters.”
- In 1990, he lost an election after using political donations to pay for groceries, golf, his mortgage and his wife’s car payments
- He has sealed off the financial records from his 12 years in congress
Normally a vice president is an afterthought in an election, but if Trump the Younger's alleged remarks hold true, Pence could be wielding the proverbial Big Stick soon. One man here will control domestic and foreign policy, and it won’t be the orange one.
He’ll be busy performing awesomeness and such.