Donald Trump surprised quite a few people last night when his interview with USA Today revealed the GOP frontrunner would consider former rivals Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and John Kasich as potential vice-presidential candidates. Trump noted, “I like [Scott] Walker actually in a lot of ways,” he said. “I hit him very hard, but I’ve always liked him. There are people I like, but I don’t think they like me because I’ve hit them hard.”
You’ll recall that in the lead-up to last week’s Wisconsin primary, Trump hit Walker particularly hard about the state’s economy, saying, “He’s not doing a great job, but your governor has convinced you [Wisconsin] doesn’t have problems.”
So perhaps Gov. Walker’s response to Trump’s consideration of him as a potential VP isn’t all that surprising. Walker called Trump’s suggestion “breathtaking.”
Via New York magazine:
In Walker’s case, Trump was right: Walker does not like him. He didn’t say so outright, but he did “laugh” when he heard Trump was considering him for VP.
“I literally just heard it in the car, and I laughed,” he told Politico. “It’s interesting to hear that after the things that were said about me a couple weeks ago. But I’m focused on being the governor of the state of Wisconsin. That’s not even on my radar, and it certainly wouldn’t be with … I guess I was shocked more than anything to hear that.”
As if that weren’t clear enough, Walker also said he “can’t even fathom” being on a ticket with Trump and called the mere possibility “breathtaking.” So it looks like Trump will be going with one of his other choices, although it’s hard to imagine a man he’s dubbed “liddle” will be eager to serve as his second-in-command.
Of course, anyone who’s paid any attention to politics over time knows that enemies can quickly bury the hatchet and become friends for the right opportunity. Recent case-in-point being Ben Carson, who’s become a Trump surrogate even after being covered in Trump-slung mud about being “pathological.”
But I have a strange feeling some Trump supporters might not be huge fans of a Walker VP choice. There’s still controversy around Trump’s big loss in Wisconsin, where Walker played a role. And many who support Trump’s anti-establishment status view Walker as too “establishment” — though, as a Tea Party conservative, Walker was considered a relative outsider not so long ago really.
What do y’all say?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]