Aug 11, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump says men may be "insulted" by Biden picking a woman for VP

Joe Biden and Donald Trump in a split screen.

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President Trump suggested Tuesday that some men feel "insulted" by Joe Biden's promise to choose a woman as his running mate, telling Fox Sports Radio that the former vice president has "roped himself into a certain group of people.”

Why it matters: The comments come as Biden's campaign is expected to announce his pick imminently, drawing a close to a slow, deliberative process that has highlighted the fundamental differences between his campaign and Trump's re-election effort.

  • Biden's confidants have told Axios that they believe his choices for vice president have narrowed to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and former national security adviser Susan Rice.
  • The vice presidential nominee is slated to speak at the Democratic convention on Wednesday, according to a newly released schedule.

What he's saying: "I would be inclined to go a different route than what he's done," Trump said about Biden's promise to choose a woman. "He roped himself into a certain group of people. Some people would say men are insulted by that and some people would say it is fine."

  • Andrew Bates, the rapid response director for Biden's campaign responded: "Donald Trump is easily threatened. And because of his insulting negligence and erratic, failed leadership, over 5 million Americans have been infected with coronavirus, over 160,000 died, and tens of millions remain jobless."

Between the lines: Biden's VP pick is especially important for Team Trump, advisers told Axios' Jonathan Swan.

  • If Biden's running mate is hard to depict as a wild-eyed radical, it could undercut Trump's strategy of trying to convince voters Biden is an empty vessel to be filled by the policies of the "radical left."

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