It is widely anticipated that former President Donald Trump will soon formally announce his launch of another campaign for the White House, which raises the pertinent question of who his running mate might be.
While there are likely several contenders for the role of Trump’s next vice presidential candidate, one, in particular, that has risen to the top of the field is Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), the Conservative Brief reported.
Greene has been incredibly loyal to Trump, shares his”America First” idealism as well as his disdain for the Republican establishment, and is targeted with hateful attacks by leftist Democrats and the media nearly to the same extent that he is.
Marjorie Taylor Greene a frontrunner to be Trump’s VP
RawStory reported that New York Times reporter Robert Draper, during a recent appearance on The Daily Beast’s “New Abnormal” podcast, explained why, in his view, Rep. Greene would be a natural fit as former President Trump’s new VP candidate in a prospective 2024 run for a second term in the Oval Office.
“Republicans kind of wanted to kick her to the curb immediately,” Draper said of the outspoken and unapologetic Greene. “But instead she became a fundraising dynamo, came to have this huge social media influence, and ultimately came to be very influential within the party itself.”
Draper suggested that according to his sources, Greene has been discussed as a potential running mate by Trump since at least February, and though other possible candidates have been floated as well, Greene has one particular characteristic about her that most of the others don’t share, at least not to the same extent.
“She has been unflaggingly loyal to Trump throughout,” the reporter said. “What is Trump concerned about most of all in a VP after the Mike Pence experience? Loyalty. He knows that if he needs someone to fight for him to overturn a presidential election, he has every reason to expect that Greene would be by his side and would be his proximate warrior.”
Elise Stefanik a likely contender
Of course, Rep. Greene is not alone in being considered as a running mate for Trump, as CNN reported in May that Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), formerly of the moderate wing of the GOP establishment, has gained favor with Trump over the past few years with her staunch support for him and his “America First” policies and her current position as leader of the House Republican Conference.
“There is a part of Trump who thinks he needs a female VP. He definitely likes her, likely because of how effusive she is to him,” one unnamed Trump adviser reportedly told CNN of Stefanik at that time.
In addition to Stefanik’s steadfast defense of Trump during his two impeachments, she has also likely garnered consideration given her GOP leadership role and presumed ability to work closely with her colleagues in the House to help get Trump’s agenda passed legislatively in a second term.
Sticking with the theme of the likelihood that Trump would pick a female running mate, CNN noted that other possible contenders include South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn, and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Kari Lake as Trump’s VP?
More recently, Politico contributor Rich Lowry opined that another probable contender in the Trump VP race is Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, a former local news anchor who also shares Trump’s “America First” policy vision and his combative spirit against the overtly biased media, Democrats, and GOP establishment.
However, the outlet reported separately that Lake has summarily dismissed any Trump VP talk, and if she ultimately falls short of winning Arizona’s governor’s race, her stock as a potential running mate would probably decline somewhat.