Picking a running mate can’t be an easy decision. Candidates have to balance swing states, electablity and other factors. That being said, once the running mate is chosen it shouldn’t be hard for a well-ran campaign to make sure the presidential and vice-presidential candidates are on the same page. Unfortunately, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Trump campaign isn’t all that well run, because Trump and Pence are sending conflicting messages about Russia.
Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, went on Facebook and gave a bizarre rant about Hillary Clinton, the DNC and Russia. He attacked Clinton as being corrupt, but sternly warned Russia of “serious consequences” if they were found to be interfering in U.S. elections.
‘The FBI will get to the bottom of who is behind the hacking. If it is Russia and they are interfering in our elections, I can assure you both parties and the United States government will ensure there are serious consequences. That said, the Democrats singularly focusing on who might be behind it and not addressing the basic fact that they’ve been exposed as a party who not only rigs the government, but rigs elections while literally accepting cash for federal appointments is outrageous. The American people now have absolute and further proof of the corruption that exists around Hillary Clinton. It should disqualify her from office, if the media did their job.’
Pence’s statement isn’t that far out of line considering the nature of this election cycle. Regardless of who is behind the hack, it clearly exposed a weakness in the Democratic Party and it makes sense that the Republicans would take advantage of it. The threats against Russia are also fairly understandable, considering the GOP really likes to sound tough on matters of security. No, the big problem with Pence’s post is that it directly contradicts what Trump himself said about the matter.
Trump held a press conference where he discussed the emails and the DNC in general. He took several questions from the audience and one of them dealt with the matter of Russia’s involvement. Rather than threatening Russia, Trump said it was unlikely that they were involved, but then went on to encourage more hacks.
‘But it would be interesting to see — I will tell you this — Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens. That’ll be next. Yes, sir.’
Setting aside the major issues with a presidential candidate encouraging a foreign power to hack a major U.S. party, the whole thing really highlights how disorganized Trump’s campaign is.
You can check out the full press conference here: