President Donald Trump said Tuesday that rival Joe Biden had “roped himself” into picking a woman as his running mate and suggested “some people” would say men might be insulted by the Democrat’s insistence on doing so.
The remarks were only Trump’s latest rhetorical foray into Biden’s selection, which is expected any day. Biden announced in May that he would select a woman as his No. 2 – marking the third time a woman would be a vice presidential nominee for a major party – and his list of candidates also includes several women of color.
“I would be inclined to go a different route than what he’s done,” Trump told Clay Travis, a sports commentator who hosts a national radio show based in Nashville, Tennessee. “First of all he roped himself into a certain group of people.”
Trump went on to say that “some people would say that men are insulted by that. And some people would say it’s fine. I don’t know.”
Biden could announce his decision, one of the most-discussed in any presidential election, as soon as this week. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Susan Rice, former national security adviser to President Barack Obama, have emerged as top contenders. Either would be the first Black woman chosen as a running mate.
Also under consideration: Rep. Karen Bass of California, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Rep. Val Demings of Florida, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.