WASHINGTON – 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.
拜登最早可能在本周宣布他的决定，这是所有总统选举中讨论最多的话题之一。加利福尼亚州民主党参议员卡玛拉哈里斯(Kamala Harris)说。前美国总统奥巴马(Barack Obama)的国家安全顾问赖斯(Susan Rice)是最热门的候选人。她将成为第一位被选为竞选搭档的非裔女性。
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.
同样在考虑之中的还有加利福尼亚州众议员凯伦•巴斯(Karen Bass)、马萨诸塞州参议员伊丽莎白•沃伦(Elizabeth Warren)、佛罗里达州众议员瓦尔•德明斯(Val Demings)、密歇根州州长格雷钦•惠特默(Gretchen Whitmer)和伊利诺伊州参议员塔米•达克沃思(Tammy Duckworth)。
Most of Trump’s interview dealt with sports: Trump urged college football to play this season despite the coronavirus pandemic, attacked players who kneel for the national anthem, and criticized the National Basketball Association for its relationship with China.
特朗普大部分的采访都涉及体育运动：尽管存在冠状病毒疫情，但特朗普仍敦促大学橄榄球在本赛季参加比赛，攻击那些在国歌前下跪的球员，批评美国篮球协会(national Basketball Association)与中国的关系。
Trump has weighed in on Biden’s running mate candidates before. Asked about Harris as a possible candidate on July 29, Trump said he thought she’d “be a fine choice.”
More than 100 Black male leaders, including activists, preachers, rappers and celebrities, wrote an open letter Monday calling on Biden to choose a Black woman as his running mate and predicted he would lose the election if he does not.
“As someone who has said throughout the campaign that VP Joe Biden needs to choose a Black woman VP, the urgency for that pick has gone from something that SHOULD happen to something that HAS to happen,” the letter read.
Trump ended the interview by proclaiming that Michael Jordan was a better basketball player than LeBron James, who is also frequent Trump critic.
In addition to Jordan’s ability, Trump added: “he wasn’t political, so people like him better.”
Contributing: Rebecca Morin