Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is supporting Donald Trump for president, but he really isn’t happy about it. In a very candid interview with Bloomberg, McConnell said that Trump needs to do two things: Pick a highly qualified vice-presidential nominee and learn how to read from scripts. Why? Because McConnell thinks he’s just plain ignorant about public policy.
“He needs someone highly experienced and very knowledgeable because it’s pretty obvious he doesn’t know a lot about the issues,” McConnell said. “You see that in the debates in which he’s participated. It’s why I have argued to him publicly and privately that he ought to use a script more often—there is nothing wrong with having prepared texts.”
In the interview, McConnell also noted that being more scripted would help Trump avoid saying some of the unfortunate things he’s said about minorities so far in his presidential campaign.
“I object to a whole series of things that he’s said — vehemently object to them,” McConnell explained. “I think all of that needs to stop. Both the shots at people he defeated in the primary and these attacks on various ethnic groups in the country.”
OK, so if McConnell believes Trump is an ignoramus who needs to stay tightly scripted in order to avoid making offensive statements about women and minorities, why is he still supporting him?
“I think the choice for many Americans is not a happy choice,” he said. “You look at both these candidates, both of them have very high disapproval ratings. I think a lot of Americans are not going be thrilled at the choice. But this is the choice, and I think, for me, and I hope for a lot of others, the question to be dealt with is this: Do we want four more years just like the last eight, or do we want to go in a different direction?”