According to the excerpts of the new tell-all book on the administration, President Donald Trump was essentially manipulated by multiple staffers, into picking Mike Pence as his running mate.
The tale begins with an exchange between Trump and Karl Rove, who Trump hated, thinking of him as “haughty and condescending.” Since Trump is new to politics, he never knew that it had nothing to do with him; rather, it seems to simply be Rove’s demeanor with everyone.
In a bizarre moment, Trump demanded that Rove write something positive about him after he won the Indiana Republican Primary. He relayed his demand through hotel and casino magnate Steve Wynn. While Rove had written about the then-presidential long-shot, Trump was so displeased with the piece that it prompted a threat.
“He says he wants to meet with you and get your advice,” Wynn told Rove, according to the book. “He knows you did this twice.”
The crime was that Rove had called Trump’s conspiracy theories about Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) dad killing JFK “nuts.” Such tactics would ultimately harm the GOP, according to Rove. Trump didn’t care, and Rove became one of many to earn Trump’s backlash.
Ironically, however, it was Rove who suggested Mike Pence as a Vice Presidential candidate.
“I think your battlegrounds are going to be between Pennsylvania and Iowa, and if you’re going to break the Blue Wall, you need someone with Midwestern sensibilities and someone who has evangelical appeal,” Rove told Trump according to the book. “There’s one guy who fits that description: Mike Pence.”