“That’s certainly the implication of what Trump campaign chair and chief strategist Paul Manafort told the Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman in an article published Wednesday:
The campaign probably won’t choose a woman or a member of a minority group, he said. “In fact, that would be viewed as pandering, I think.”
The assumption: The only reason someone might pick a woman or person of color for a job would be because they’re a woman or person of color
That certainly implies that, to Manafort, the only reason you might end up picking a VP who happened to not be male or white would be because of her race or gender, not because of her qualifications. In other words, that if you rounded up all the people who are qualified in their own right to serve as President Trump’s right-hand man, they would all be, well, white-handed men.
If Manafort isn’t saying women and people of color are unqualified, he’s openly admitting he’d discriminate against them
It’s possible that Manafort is saying something slightly different: not that the only people who’d be a good vice president are white men, but that the campaign will deliberately refrain from picking a woman or person of color who’d be a good vice president becausethe pick would be viewed as pandering. That is hardly less worrisome.
It means that Donald Trump, whose credibility as a potential president relies almost entirely on his ability to hire “the right people,” is actually less interested in hiring the best person for the job than in making it look like he’s hiring the right person. And it means he believes the only way to make it look like he’s hiring the right person is to hire a white man.”