Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) continues her shameless push to become former President Donald J. Trump’s vice-presidential pick as he campaigns for another term as president.
Sadly, like Kari Lake, she doesn’t realize that the forty-fifth president is assuredly going to reward someone who stands opposed to everything he professes to believe in with the vice-presidential nomination.
So, rather than someone like Marjorie Taylor Greene or Lake, who are entirely sycophantic to him, I’d expect Trump to name Nikki Haley as his number two pick in 2024 (should he win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination).
Nevertheless, Marjorie Taylor Greene continues her wild embrace of the shameless and sycophantic when it comes for the forty-fifth president.
In this case, MTG argues that Trump does not have to debate anyone as he races for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.
According to her, “[Trump] already has a proven track record of the best 4 [sic] in America!” She added that, “The American people don’t need to hear his ideas, we’ve already lived his policies, loves them, and want more!! [sic] The primary is over.”
The primary is literally just getting started.
We’ve not even had the first debate yet to say nothing of the first vote (which isn’t until mid-January). Spare me the “it’s already over” routine. That doesn’t sound confident. It wreaks of desperation. The desperation of a candidate, Donald Trump, who cannot handle any real challenge to his legacy or authority.
Point in fact, nothing has been determined in the primary.
Perhaps that’s Trump’s biggest fear: that the shroud of braggadocio and exaggeration he’s surrounded his record with won’t stand up under the added scrutiny of a live GOP debate with candidates—notably Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis—who have something to prove.
Trump’s Failures Should Be Discussed Among Republicans
And, while it’s safe to say that former President Trump did things that he and his supporters should be proud of, the former president also dropped the ball bigly while in office.
Notably in the realm of his COVID-19 response which was uneven and disastrous for everyone in the United States.
Plus, Trump failed to replace Obamacare with a better plan as he had promised repeatedly on the campaign trail (to say nothing of even overturning the controversial legislation).
Lest we forget Trump’s highly touted wall? That was the one policy issue that propelled the real estate magnate-turned-reality-television-star to power in 2016. He failed to achieve his most well-known promise (and Mexico certainly didn’t pay for it!)
Former President Trump’s record is a mixed bag, to say the least. Sure, the fact that his enemies in the Administrative State used every means at their disposal to undermine and stymie his presidency, didn’t help Trump. But that excuse only gets one so far.
Despite his rhetoric to the contrary, Trump’s actions as president indicate that he had no real plan (or even a real desire) to “drain the swamp.” This is most evident in the fact that, by the time he left office, the bureaucracy was more empowered, thanks largely to COVID-19, than it had been before Trump was president.
Marjorie Taylor Greene’s bizarre comments that the American people loved Trump’s record is truly gonzo. She’s intelligent enough to understand how inaccurate that claim is. He does have a strong base of support. I, for one, believe he was a good president who showed much promise.
I also, however, believe that he let us all down with his failure to ultimately overcome—and thrive—despite the opposition that was arrayed against him.
Objectively speaking, Trump failed to win the popular vote in either of the two elections he ran in. What’s more, Trump is viewed as a highly divisive and controversial candidate. He still polls terribly among independents on a national level, too.
These Times, They Are A-Changin’
MTG’s comments, as always, were incendiary and completely detached from reality only because she’s playing to an audience of one.
Unfortunately for her, Trump will never accept her as a vice-presidential candidate running alongside him.
As we enter the 2024 Election, every American, regardless of party, must understand the significance of this election. I understand that every election cycle the pundits label that election as the most important of our lifetimes.
But this time, it truly is.
There’s a generational change going on from Baby Boomers to Gen-X, for starters. There’s an information war being waged unlike any other in history for control over our perceptions.
The Democrats and Republicans Have Lost Their Minds
Both parties in the last four years have done everything in their power to deploy state resources to fundamentally distort our constitutional electoral processes. The Democrats were wilier about it than the Republicans were.
Beginning with the Russia collusion lie, then with the completely overblown 2019 impeachment of Donald Trump, to now trying to label anyone who even slightly disagrees with Democratic Party policies as “White Supremacists” or “domestic terrorists”, the Democrats have gone off the proverbial deep end.
So, too, have the Republicans. Except the Democrats are far scarier at present than the Republicans because the intelligence community (IC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have clearly aligned with the Democrats.
Then there’s the Republicans, who under Trump, defended everything that the forty-fifth president did, even when everyone knew it was batty. Beyond that, the big one, was when thousands of people showed up on Capitol Hill not to simply protest the outcome of the election but, in the case of some, who were looking to start something more.
Whether January 6 was entirely as the Democrats and their allies in the Administrative State describes it, the fact remains that many Trump supporters were looking to start something more than a protest that day.
In the run-up to the 2020 Election, then-President even hatched plot to remove US Postal Service mailboxes and to slow down the distribution of the mail in response to what I believe were legitimate fears of Democratic Party chicanery involving mail-in-ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump’s problem was that his attempt to stymie whatever he feared the Democrats were likely doing with mail-in-ballots was too ham-fisted.
Alas, Marjorie Taylor Greene is just feeding the beast. It won’t work.
Challenge Trump, If Only to Make Him a Better Leader
If there’s one person who needs to have a wider discussion about the truth of his record, rather than the ra-rathat Trump has surrounded it with to distract people, it’s Donald Trump.
And what better of a venue to do it than in a debate arena in which there’s another candidate, Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis might be able to prove that he is the true heir to the Republican Party’s mantle in 2024?
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (Encounter Books), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.