Peter Dreier - Who will be Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate? The field keeps narrowing, as more and more Republicans - including Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — distance themselves from Trump. As the pickings get slimmer and slimmer, Trump will have to figure out who can best help him climb out of the quicksand he’s jumped into with his big mouth, excessive ego, and lack of impulse control.
In handicapping the VP sweepstakes, many pundits think former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is the most likely choice. If Trump picks Newt, they could adopt the slogan: “Two men. Six wives. Family values.” Or, as UCLA law professor Jonathan Zasloff suggested, they could call themselves the “Henry VIII ticket” in honor of their multiple marriages during their (combined) 143 years. Their campaign film could be called the “Six Wives Club.”
We all know about Trump’s misogynyst attitudes toward women, his obsession about the size of his penis, his boasts about his sexual conquests, and his three marriages. When he was deposed in the 1991 divorce proceedings with his first wife, Ivana, he invoked the Fifth Amendment 97 times, mostly in response to questions about “other women.” During the divorce contest, Ivana accused Trump of having raped her....
Gingrich cheated on his first wife, Jackie, while she was recovering from treatment for cancer in 1980 and asked her for a divorce. Then he cheated on his second wife, Marianne, while having a six-year affair with a staffer, Callista Bisek (23 years his junior), who is now his third wife. I
Gingrich’s other ethical problems also won’t help Trump clean up his act. Gingrich violated campaign finance laws while in Congress. His House colleagues fined him $300,000 for his breach of ethics standards. The entire House passed the ethics report by 395 to 28 vote, including by a 196-26 margin among Republicans. He was the first Speaker in American history to be sanctioned in this way.