If Donald Trump chooses Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate as multiple news outlets are reporting, it will show his complete lack of faith in "Trumpism," Ezra Klein writes at Vox.
"Trumpism," as defined by Klein, is "something distinct from Republicanism: a potent form of white nationalism mixed with a bit of economic populism, a loathing of the Washington establishment, and a charismatic celebrity."
Pence, on the other hand, is "like every other Republican, but a bit more so, and a bit better liked."
Trump is "neither generic nor particularly Republican," and has built his campaign on the fact that no one, including Republicans, want another "generic Republican," Klein said.
Trump told Fox News' Bret Baier on Wednesday he has no plans on shifting to a more "controlled presidential" mode, saying "I want to be myself. It got me here."
Pence, meanwhile, has disagreed with Trump's anti-free trade message, his pledge to keep Social Security and Medicare unchanged, his opposition to the Iraq war and his idea to temporarily ban Muslim immigration.
Pence also has been a leader in the right's fight against Planned Parenthood, whereas Trump has said he favors the group except on abortion. Pence also is a major party fundraiser; Trump has called for an end to big money in politics. He self-funded his primary run.
Of course, Trump is likely just making the pick to lure in the party's base, Klein admits, but that, he said, only proves his point: "If Trump will sell out Trumpism for Republicanism in a decision this important — a decision about who will lead the nation if Trump dies or is impeached or resigns to spend more time with his golf courses — he'll do the same as president."
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