Trauma and gaffes crash Biden’s VP selection process

Joe Biden’s choice of a running mate is getting more treacherous with each news cycle.

Real-life events — from the outcry over the recent killing of black men in Minnesota and Georgia and a black woman in Kentucky to a mundane request for boating privileges in Michigan — are crashing into his already fraught decision over his No. 2.

Multiple VP contenders with backgrounds in law enforcement are being examined in a new light amid the explosive protests after the death of George Floyd, the African American man who died in Minnesota after an officer pinned him with his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. . That incident came after the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery by a white man and and his son in Georgia, and a bigoted call to police by a white woman while Christian Cooper tried to spot birds in a New York City park. Other contenders have been forced to fend off embarrassing stories that could stall their chances.