Reportedly, sources close to Donald Trump’s campaign indicate that the presumptive Republican nominee might be getting ready to name retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn for his vice presidential running mate.
Some Republicans might find that quite laughable, because, well, Lt. Gen. Flynn is actually a registered Democrat…but fuck it, right!? This is the 2016 United States Presidential Election, and as The Donald has already shown time and time and time again, anything goes!!!
The report comes from Robert Costa of The Washington Post, and apparently the catalyst for Trump to potentially make such a brazen (and stark) VP appointment just days out from the RNC stems from his meeting with Congressional Republicans last week, which, we’ll say, didn’t exactly go well.
In fact, some are speculating Trump walked away with his feelings a bit hurt. #CryingTrump?
Flynn, 57, a registered Democrat but fierce critic of President Obama, previously ran the Defense Intelligence Agency.
The persons, who spoke with The Washington Post on Saturday, requested anonymity to discuss their private conversations in recent days with Trump’s confidants and campaign aides.
The turn toward a military figure is being driven by Trump himself rather than by his advisers, the people said, and comes as the real estate mogul is telling his friends that national unrest may demand a “tough and steady” presence alongside him on the ticket.
In Flynn, they added, Trump believes he would have a partner whom he trusts, based on their close working relationship over the course of the campaign on policy. And he likes the image of a businessman and a general coming to Washington as outsiders.
The shift in how Trump is evaluating his short list is driven by his growing sense that he does not necessarily want or need a running mate who will satisfy Republican insiders, in spite of long saying that he would likely go in that direction. Instead, and after some testy exchanges with GOP lawmakers during his visit to Capitol Hill on Thursday, Trump is more open than ever to going with a non-politician.
Of being bestowed the honor, Flynn previously made some remarks to the New York Post indicating he’d be honored to take the position.
“All I would say is that I have been honored to serve my country for the past three decades and look forward to serving in other ways now that I am retired from the U.S. Army,” Flynn said. “I’ve been a soldier too long to refuse to entertain any request from a potential commander in chief.”
One thing the duo would have in common, if, in fact, Trump does give his VP not to Flynn, would be their charisma about hanging out with Russian
dictator president, Vladamir Putin.
Like Trump, Flynn is not hostile toward Russia. Last year, he sat next to Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Moscow dinner honoring RT, the English-language network aligned with the Kremlin that broadcasts into the United States and other Western countries.
Sounds like a great guy! Oh, and the GOP might have reason to get behind him after reading his book, too.
Flynn, a Rhode Island native whose book “Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies,” comes out July 12, has shown a willingness to be an attack dog, a role often played by vice-presidential candidates.
“If it were me, I would have been out the door and probably in jail,” Flynn told CNN in February when asked about presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s email practices while secretary of state. He called on her to drop out of the race.
So, Trump-Flynn 2016? Could be.
As multiple people explained, Trump is eager to rally the party around him but sees the convention and other parts of the campaign as integral to that goal, with the vice-presidential nod potentially more important in terms of what it broadly symbolizes to voters.
“Trump-Flynn. I’ve heard him say that, kind of test out the sound of it,” one person said of how Trump is mulling the possibility. “I think it’s a brand he finds appealing.”
Like I said, This is the 2016 United States Presidential Election, anything goes.
[h/t Red State]