Senior Trump adviser: Donald won't choose a female or minority VP candidate for fear of "pandering"

Paul Manafort told the Huffington Post that Trump has to choose a white man or risk being attacked

By Scott Eric Kaufman
May 26, 2016 7:15PM (UTC)
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Newly elevated Trump adviser Paul Manafort spoke to the Huffington Post's Howard Fineman and informed him that the GOP front-runner would not, in all likelihood, be selecting a female or minority running mate for fear that the selection would be misconstrued as "pandering."

That this logic might be seen as self-justification for choosing yet another white male to occupy one of the highest offices in the land didn't seem to occur to him. Trump, Manafort said, "needs an experienced person to do the part of the job he doesn’t want to do. He seems himself more as the chairman of the board, than even the CEO, let alone the COO."


He continued, saying "there is a long list of who that person could be, and every one of them has major problems" -- one of which is not, apparently, that they are exclusively white and male.

When Fineman asked, specifically, if Trump would be willing to choose a female or minority candidate, Manafort nixed the idea, saying "that would be viewed as pandering."

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