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Marjorie Taylor Greene or Kari Lake: Trump’s Shortlist for VP?

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Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Former President Donald Trump remains the only high-profile figure to declare his candidacy for the 2024 election.

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While Trump has earned the last two GOP nominations, he may have difficulty earning his third straight; the field promises to be crowded – and Trump’s popularity is declining.

Nonetheless, let’s consider a scenario in which Trump wins a third straight GOP nomination. Who will Trump pick as his running mate now that Mike Pence is out of the picture?

Here are a few options:

Ron DeSantis

In the event that Trump pulls out a GOP nomination, he may feel pressure from his constituents to select Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as a running mate. 

DeSantis is currently leading polls as the GOP favorite. DeSantis will likely remain a prominent figure in the GOP even if Trump wins the nomination; DeSantis is coming to be viewed as the future of the party and the GOP may feel a sense of urgency to elevate DeSantis beyond Florida.

Then again, DeSantis and Trump are both from Florida – which would make DeSantis redundant as far as earning electoral college votes go. Also, Trump may not want such a “star” serving in the VP’s office, consuming oxygen, and spotlight.

Ted Cruz

Texas Senator Ted Crus finished second in the polls during the 2016 GOP primary. Cruz will likely enter the 2024 race and poll well. Cruz is a stringent conservative who could add firepower and credibility to the Trump ticket. Cruz also hails from the increasingly important Hispanic demographic, which both Democrats and Republicans are urgently competing to court. Cruz could help the Republicans continue making headway amongst Hispanic voters.

But Cruz is fairly unlikeable, with a face that voters just don’t like (seriously). Plus, things got personal between Cruz and Trump during 2016, when Trump called Cruz’s wife ugly.

Kari Lake

Kari Lake is a long shot; she just lost her first bid for public office, Arizona’s gubernatorial election (and then sued over election fraud.) But Lake is cut from the same cloth as Trump – something Trump himself has noticed. Trump even campaigned with Lake in the lead up to the midterms.

Lake is a TV personality turned politician who espouses MAGA views including election denialism. Sound familiar? She’d fit right into the Trump team, while adding a polish and articulation that Trump lacks.

Yet, like I said, Lake lost her first election. She has no governing experience. Granted, Sarah Palin barely had more experience than Lake when she was plucked to serve as John McCain’s running mate. But the Palin experiment was a disaster; McCain aides were shocked to discover that Palin did not have even a preliminary knowledge of world history or foreign affairs (they had to start from scratch with a ‘The Allies Won World War II’/’We Won the Cold War’ -level lesson plan.) Palin helped to sink McCain’s election chances.

Lake may be more competent than Palin, but she’s even less credentialed.

Marjorie Taylor Greene

Oh, god. I don’t think MTG is a serious option for Trump’s running mate, but who knows.

The combination, ‘The Gruesome Twosome,’ has been suggested. MTG is a Trump lackey – and given that unwavering loyalty is basically a prerequisite for joining the Trump administration, MTG has an important box checked. Relatedly, MTG supports a slew of pro-Trump conspiracy theories. MTG also comes from an important battleground state: Georgia. Although, whether Georgia voters want a cook like MTG representing them on the national stage is unclear.

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But, again, MTG is a cook. She’s not a serious person. She’s a junior House rep that has caused more headaches than solutions.

Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, Harrison joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. Harrison lives in Oregon and listens to Dokken.

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Harrison Kass is a Senior Defense Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, he joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison has degrees from Lake Forest College, the University of Oregon School of Law, and New York University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. He lives in Oregon and regularly listens to Dokken.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Old Flint

    December 30, 2022 at 9:06 am

    C’mon dude. Not a bad article but as you are an attorney with a post graduate degree (and UPT washout) I would hope you know the word is spelled “kook” and not “cook”. I worked with judges that would toss a case for misspelled words by an attorney.

  2. Bette Isacoff

    December 30, 2022 at 9:34 am

    Regarding the possibility of MTG or Kari Lake as Trump’s running mate: MTG may be a chef or she may not, but I think you meant “kook,” not “cook,” in your 1945 article.

  3. Rick

    December 30, 2022 at 11:32 am

    If you are going by tonnage Large Marge would be the perfect fit for fat don…both losers.

  4. Kit

    December 31, 2022 at 11:03 am

    Two of the most disgusting GOP candidates on one ticket? You can see how far the party has fallen. So sad.

  5. Gman

    December 31, 2022 at 11:29 am

    Trump/Lake 2024, Kyle Rittenhouse for Secretary of State, Sydney Powell Attorney General, Sean Hannity Minister of Propaganda, Mike Lindell Secretary of Labor, Mike Flynn Secretary of Defense, Donald Jr. Court Jester.

  6. Marolyn Scott

    December 31, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    Trump and MTG would make a GREAT pair for the GOP ticket. WOW, two out standing people and they would get America back on track. Get rid of those pos democrats and communist biden who is ruled by Soros,China and Iran.

  7. Marolyn Scott

    December 31, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    What is “sad”is the dems have no respect for the American people and their one concern is lining their pockets for their own greedy wealth and quest for glory. Look at the things they are backing. Surely the devil is guiding they path straigh to hell.

  8. Ingrid C Witherell

    December 31, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    Who would hang whom? Who would have whom hung? Who will not know whom who is or whom was hung?

  9. Dr. Scooter Van Neuter

    January 1, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    Lake, while intensely loyal to Trump, has zero experience and would be easy to run against.

  10. mike

    January 1, 2023 at 5:33 pm

    No way on Earth DeSantis would want to run with Trump. That’s insane. Elect DeSantis, leave Trump in the dust.

  11. Robert M.

    January 2, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    Your comment, “Sarah Palin barely had more experience than Lake…”, shows your political color and I won’t follow you. You must have known Palin served as an elected official for 16 years, on city council, as mayor, and then governor of Alaska. Unprofessional and biased.

  12. Paul A. Neil

    January 3, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    Tulsi Gabbard is the best running mate for the Donald!
    She speaks the truth, gracefully.

  13. Dr. Scooter Van Neuter

    January 3, 2023 at 7:28 pm

    MIKE: I’m with you – DeSantos is no idiot.

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