Potential Vice President Picks To Donald Trump: It’s Like ‘Buying A Ticket On The Titanic’

It’s normal politics for a person to deny that they have any interest in a potential appointment to the vice presidency, but when the response to the possibility of becoming GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s vice president pick is “Hahahahahahahahaha,” it probably signals true disinterest.

Yet “hahahahahahahahaha” is exactly what Sally Bradshaw, a senior adviser to Jeb Bush, wrote in response to the question of whether Jeb would consider becoming Donald Trump’s vice president pick. And although Bradshaw’s response is somewhat harsh, the sentiment seems to remain consistent across the board.

Politicians refuse to run with Donald Trump.

When a Republican politician is asked whether or not he or she would consider running on the same ticket as Donald Trump, the response has been a firm “Thanks, but no, thanks.” And this time, it seems as though they actually mean it.

Chris Schrimpf, spokesman for Governor John Kasich, who still remains in the Republican primary despite having garnered only 153 delegates thus far, answered the question bluntly. “Never,” he said. “No chance.”

Don’t expect any help from Wisconsin, either. Ed Goeas, longtime adviser to Governor Scott Walker, was plain about how Walker feels about Donald Trump and a potential vice presidential nod.

“Scott Walker has a visceral negative reaction to Trump’s character.”

Senator Lindsey Graham, who has been open and consistent with his mistrust and disgust of Donald Trump, put his own colorful spin on the possibility of being Donald Trump’s pick for vice president in

“That’s like buying a ticket on the Titanic.”

And these aren’t the only Republicans who have made their feelings toward Donald Trump known. Governor Nikki Haley, considered a rising star within the Republican Party, has made it clear that she would never consider being Trump’s running mate. Haley endorsed Marco Rubio before the Florida senator dropped out of the race, and disavowed Trump for his reluctance to publicly denounce white supremacist David Duke.

Senator Jeff Flake, who admits that the Republican nomination of Donald Trump is looking almost inevitable at this point, has also firmly expressed that he has no desire to be given a vice presidential nod from Donald Trump.

Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico, who would also be a strategic and logical pick for Trump’s vice president, has recently and openly criticized Trump and his angry tone, and has also made it clear that she does not want to be associated with him, according to close associates.

Although it is usually standard procedure for a politician to initially deny interest in the vice president position, if a potential running mate truly isn’t interested, this is typically signaled politely, through private channels — or, even if they are not interested, they will often submit to the actual selection process in order to boost their national profiles and help further their own careers.

So this open, public, and frequent recoiling away from Donald Trump and his campaign is unusual — and deliberate.

One difficulty Trump is facing is that, even in the ugly, brawling world of politics and presidential primaries, he has managed to rack up an uglier-than-usual record of alienating potential running mates through personal and frequent attacks. After all, it will be hard for Florida senator “little Marco Rubio” to reconcile with Trump enough to even consider being his running mate, although Trump himself has mentioned the possibility.