In the world of American politics, few things are as certain as Donald Trump’s determination to re-enter the White House.
But who will accompany him on the campaign stage?
Will he choose a woman or non-white running mate in a bid to appeal to demographics he struggled with? Or will he double down on his base by selecting a trusted adviser who echoes his most audacious views?
Donald Trump and the ‘MAGA’ Women
Marjorie Taylor Greene: A wild and outspoken MAGA devotee, Greene’s audacious style aligns perfectly with Trump’s own. Her fierce loyalty to Trump and her media-savvy approach make her a worthy contender. She’s not afraid to speak her mind, no matter how controversial.
Elise Stefanik: With political chops and a knack for endorsements, Stefanik’s rise in Republican leadership has caught Trump’s eye. A quick endorsement of Trump for 2024 solidified her standing, but her lower profile might hinder her chances.
Kari Lake: A charismatic former TV anchor, Lake brings media savvy to the table. Trump’s affinity for her is evident, despite her narrow loss in the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial race. Perhaps it’s time for her to take center stage?
Nikki Haley: A former UN Ambassador and governor, Haley presents a more establishment choice. While her break from Trump after January 6 is a hurdle, her efforts to mend fences might put her back in the running.
Conservatives of Color
Tim Scott: A senator from South Carolina, Scott’s voice on police targeting and his support for Trump could help him bridge the GOP’s racial divide. Will he be the one to rally “Blacks for Trump”?
Rick Scott: As a senator from Florida, Scott chaired Republican Senate efforts in 2022. His role in managing the GOP’s messaging might appeal to Trump, who appreciates loyalty.
Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Josh Hawley: These senators have all shown eagerness to be part of Trump’s orbit. Their ambitions and alignment with Trump’s ideals could put them in the VP spotlight.
Tucker Carlson: The Fox News host’s magnetic appeal might draw in Trump supporters, but his unpredictability could make him a loose cannon in the race. He has also been touted as a potential presidential pick himself.
Dan Bongino: With a massive conservative following, Bongino could be a media-savvy addition to Trump’s ticket. His radio presence aligns with Trump’s love for TV and talk radio.
Mark Meadows, Stephen Miller, Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Trump’s confidants could be his allies in the VP selection process. Loyalty and a proven track record might be enough to earn a place on the ticket.
As the curtains rise on this epic saga of political maneuvering and strategic choices, the suspense continues to build. The future of Trump’s third act remains something of a mystery, but one thing is certain: it promises more twists and turns than the average Netflix thriller, but with very real consequences.
Georgia Gilholy is a journalist based in the United Kingdom who has been published in Newsweek, The Times of Israel, and the Spectator. Gilholy writes about international politics, culture, and education.