Who is brave enough to be Trump’s running mate in 2024?

At Reagan National Airport, I saw a kiosk selling T-shirts with Donald Trump asking, “Do you miss me already?” But how can we miss him if he never left?

The 45th president vacated the White House, but not the news cycle, and Republicans want more. Last week, a Hill-HarrisX poll found that 77 percent of Republican voters support a Trump 2024 race, as does a Quinnipiac poll, reporting 78 percent support.

Although there are three years to go until 2024, it appears that Trump has claimed the Republican presidential nomination unless he is derailed by a serious health, legal or political crisis worse than two impeachments.

“If Trump runs again, he’s essentially the incumbent,” Matt Schlapp, the influential chairman of CPAC’s annual conference, told me in a recent interview. So this week, Trump issued a statement citing republican pollster John McLaughlin, who says, “Trump would win overwhelmingly at this point. He would beat Biden or Harris. He’s ahead of Harris 49 to 46 in the poll. “

Trump Topping GOP 2024 Ticket Probably Means Replacing Former Vice President Mike penceMichael (Mike) Richard Pence Former Professor Claims He Was Fired In Retaliation For COVID-19, Criticism Of Pence Jan 6 Panel Plans To Cite Trump Attorney Who Advised On How To Revoke Pence Election To Deliver Speech On ‘Educational Freedom ‘in Virginia MORE. Why? On January 12, the New York Times confirmed a smooth exchange summarizing their schism. The conversation took place on January 6, before Pence presided over the constitutionally mandated joint session of Congress that certifies the votes of the Electoral College of the states. After Pence rejected the president’s demands to overturn the election results, Trump allegedly said, “You can go down in history as a patriot or you can go down in history as a pu-y.”

If Trump’s stars line up enough to select a new running mate, it can be assumed that his first choice would be a clone of himself. But since science has yet to offer that political option, Trump’s favorite offspring might be enough. So, expect endless experts and comedy on why your daughter Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpMcCain criticizes Graham for refuting funeral comment about Kushner, Ivanka Trump Trump attacks Meghan McCain and her McCain family: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had ‘no fucking business’ attending father’s funeral MORE they must be included or excluded from the shortlisted VP list.

More constructive than the long lists of specific names so early in the 2024 cycle are the questions and answers that complicate Trump’s search for a Number Two.

First, any prospective vice president should examine the post-election conflict between Trump and Pence, asking himself, “On January 6, would he have accepted Trump’s demands or would he have acted like Pence in accordance with the vice president’s constitutional role?” Inevitably, candidates must be prepared for that question with the “correct” answer as the litmus test for selection.

Second, and related: “If, as vice president, Trump demanded that I get involved in what is considered a constitutionally illegal act, how would you respond?”

Third, “What if before Trump selects me as his vice presidential candidate, he demands that I publicly reject all derogatory press statements attributed to me in connection with him or his actions related to the 2020 elections, the impeachment or the events of January 6?? “

Rather, the following is a list of questions from Trump’s perspective:

Would this candidate be 100 percent loyal to me during a crisis?

Will I be overshadowed in the media?

Will they always put me first or will they focus on positioning themselves to be president?

How physically attractive is this candidate?

How well would they defend me on television?

How does this candidate increase my chances of winning?

Do I personally like and respect this candidate?

Is this person “strong” enough to be my vice president?

Would they resent and conflict with family members in high-level positions in the White House?

Is this candidate qualified to be president and carry out my agenda?

The answers to all the questions from both perspectives could be tricky, and why does my list of Trump vice presidential candidates offer only two names, coincidentally, both from South Carolina.

First is Nikki haleyNikki HaleyObama seeks to give new impetus to McAuliffe USA Rejoins UN Human Rights Council, reversing Trump’s departure Gambling site Smarkets makes Trump favorite in 2024 MORE, twice elected governor before joining the Trump administration as US ambassador to the United Nations. Then in 2019, rumors surfaced that Trump was considering replacing Pence with Haley on the 2020 ballot to help attract more women voters.

Trump and Haley have a complicated relationship of ups and downs. Most notably, her February bombshell Politician interview He noted that he was separating from the former president and positioning himself to lead a post-Trump Republican Party. But in April, Haley backed off a bit and said, “I wouldn’t run if President TrumpDonald Trump Night Defense and National Security – Presented by Boeing – Milley Warns of ‘Sputnik Moment’ for China WSJ Releases Letter from Trump Continuing to Allege Election Fraud in PA Oath Keeper, Who Was on Capitol Hill Jan.6, Runs for the New Jersey State Assembly MORE he ran, and I would talk to him about it. “

Then this month, he changed again, indicating his decision to run. I would not be dependent about Trump. Obviously, Haley and Trump would need relationship counseling before joining forces, but she is a strong and skilled woman and could be an asset to Trump.

Second is the senator. Tim scottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottBlack Caucus pushes for priorities on final deal Tim Scott earns .3 million in third quarter Nikki Haley gets a lifetime seat on Clemson’s Board of Trustees MORE (RS.C.), the only African-American Republican senator. Scott is running for re-election, raising millions of dollars, and in March, Trump backed him wholeheartedly. Scott made love to the former president during an appearance on Fox News on February 8. As they discussed the attack on the Capitol on January 6, the senator said, “The only person I don’t blame is President Trump.”

In 2019, Scott announced that his 2022 re-election bid would be his “Last race” which translated from Washington speech means “ripe for a higher office.”

And why the governor of Florida? Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida Strips Schools of Federal Aid for Mask Mandates Florida Surgeon General Defends No Mask Wearing in Meeting with Florida School District State Senator to Relax Mask Mandate for High School Students MORE absent from my short list? For starters, DeSantis is not the “number two” type. But more seriously, Article II of the United States Constitution presents a Electoral College Voting problem when both candidates on the presidential list are from the same state.

Ultimately, anyone who agrees to be Trump’s running mate enters a minefield and must enroll in the Mike Pence School of Patience and Constitutional Law.

Myra Adams writes on politics and religion for numerous publications. She is a contributor to RealClearPolitics and was part of the creative team for two Republican presidential campaigns in 2004 and 2008. Follow her on Twitter @MyraKAdams.


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