Donald Trump’s campaign wasted little time depicting Hillary Clinton’s new running mate as a continuation of the “rigged system,” casting Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as “Corrupt Tim” and attacking him for supporting President Barack Obama’s policies. “Tim Kaine is Hillary’s VP pick. The ultimate insiders – Obama, Hillary, and Kaine. Don’t let Obama have a 3rd Term. Contribute,” Trump said in a text message to supporters. In a tweet late on Friday, Trump attacked Kaine as corrupt.
Trump spokesman Jason Miller emailed a statement to reporters that described Kaine as an “ethically challenged insider.” “It’s only fitting that Hillary Clinton would select an ethically challenged insider like Tim Kaine who’s personally benefited from the rigged system,” Miller said. “While serving in government, Kaine has taken tens of thousands of dollars in freebies – more than $160,000 in fact – on free vacations, free clothes, and free tickets,” pointing to a POLITICO story that described the Virginia governor as taking advantage of his state’s “lax gift laws.”