By Jack Brummet, National Affairs Ed. The Candidate, Donald J. Trump, keeps naming VP candidates and convention speakers he has never actually asked in person. Many of them decline. Tim Tebow's statement today had to be a nice sucker punch.
This week they also leaked Condoleezza Rice as a Veep pick (Trump rang her up himself), although she politely said "no way" months ago. Tim LeBow, Don King, and Mike Ditka were also named and ducked out.
By STEVE PEOPLES and JILL COLVIN
CLEVELAND (AP) - Thursday morning he was among the biggest stars featured on Donald Trump's convention lineup. Thursday night, Tim Tebow declared his attendance at next week's Republican National Convention wasnothing more than "a rumor."
"I wake up this morning to find out that I'm speaking at the Republican National Convention," Tebow said in a video posted on Facebook. "It's amazing how fast rumors fly. And that's exactly what it is, a rumor."
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to questions about Tebow's departure from a convention program that the New York billionaire's team had long teased would be an extraordinary display of political entertainment. But instead of sports stars and celebrities, as promised, the campaign is relying heavily on the party's establishment for the four-day convention, which begins Monday.
By Jack Brummet, National Affairs Ed. illustration by Jack Brummet
"While Trump and Lewandowski are close, Trump made the decision because of systemic problems in the campaign that had spilled out into the public, leaving Trump's campaign floundering amid sinking poll numbers and image problems, multiple sources from inside the campaign said." (MSNBC) Trump's New York state director Michael Caputo tweeted immediately after the news broke:
Jared Yates Sexton attended his first Trump rally yesterday and posted the series of tweets linked below. His comparison to the Nuremberg Rallies seems apt. Here are his four hours of tweets, in chronological order. . .