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Jan Brewer as vice president would be a disaster for Donald Trump

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I’m not a Jan Brewer hater, I’m just a realist.

I appreciate the former Arizona governor’s long-time service to the state of Arizona in the Legislature, as secretary of state and as governor, but Donald Trump cannot pick Brewer as his vice presidential running mate for one simple reason: it would be a nightmare.

The talk of Brewer being considered for Trump’s VP began this past Sunday, when Brewer implied on CNN’s State of the Union she’d be interested in the VP job.  Brewer followed up that appearance with a tweet the same day confirming her interest.

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Monday, Brewer continued to fuel the fire in an interview with Mac & Gaydos. During the interview, Brewer said Trump hadn’t directly contacted her about the job, but echoed her tweet when she said she would be willing to help the New York billionaire any way she can.

Fuel was added to the fire on Wednesday. When Trump was asked by Fox News Channel host Greta Van Susteren if females were on the list of potential running mates, he responded, “Yes.”  When Van Susteren brought up Brewer’s name, Trump commended Brewer’s record as governor and didn’t rule her out as a possibility.

Many Trump supporters believe he’s a great decision maker and team builder. They believe he’ll surround himself with a team of top-notch, respected national leaders who will execute his policy efficiently and effectively.

Picking Brewer as his running mate would destroy that image.

I’m sure Brewer is a nice, very intelligent person. You have to be smart to rise to the office of governor.

However, a great number of Independents and Democrats in America see her as a bumbling clown. These are the swing voters Trump needs to convert in order to win the election.

Brewer is a horrible communicator. She’s polarizing. People roll their eyes when she talks. Trump supporters will cringe every time Brewer speaks. Detractors will be recording her every word for flubs and soundbites. The former governor is gaffe-prone and often says things that make no sense.

If Brewer was named as Trump’s VP pick, her 47-second brain fart at the 2010 gubernatorial debate would run non-stop on every news network, radio show and dark money TV commercial.

Sarah Palin was asked by CNN if she’d be willing to be Trump’s VP pick.

“I want to help and not hurt … I wouldn’t want to be a burden on the ticket, and I realize in many, many eyes, I would be that burden,” she said.

Brewer even makes Palin look like an intelligent, well-spoken, polished politician — and that’s no easy task!

I present one final thought: Trump’s VP pick has a very good chance of, one day soon, being a “heartbeat away” from the presidency.

Close your eyes. Picture President Jan Brewer.

I rest my case.

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