Senator John Thune sums up his capacity to serve South Dakota in one concise sentence to NBC News:
I know nothing [Sen. John Thune, in Kelly O’Donnell, “Thune on VP Chatter: ‘I Know Nothing’,” NBC News, 2016.06.27].
Thune was referring to what he knows about his Presidential nominee’s vice-presidential selection process. But just as he doesn’t know enough to stand on principle and refuse to endorse a racist, Thune also doesn’t know enough to say he does not want to be the racist’s running mate:
With his western outdoorsman sensibilities, his evangelical Christian faith and the respect of colleagues, Thune could be a link to the GOP establishment. But, he said Monday, “I don’t have any reason to think I’m in that mix.”Up for re-election in November with no challenger, Thune said he has had no direct contact with the campaign, but added, “well, I think you always take the call.”
To do otherwise, said Thune, “would be rude, you know. In South Dakota, we’re not rude” [O’Donnell, 2016.06.27].
Wow—if John Thune thinks that “not rude” is a quality Donald Trump respects, Thune really hasn’t been paying attention. And if John Thune thinks that accepting Il Duce‘s vice-presidential invitation is anything other than political suicide, he must not understand that making Trump President would be national economic and moral suicide.
p.s.: NBC’s O’Donnell knows more than Thune, but she lacks knowledge about South Dakota politics. She says Thune faces no challenger for his Senate seat. Jay Williams and the rest of know that’s false.