Pence won’t be Trump’s running mate if he runs in 2024 — which puts GOP contenders in awkward spot: report
Donald Trump's running mate for 2024 seems to be anyone but Mike Pence, but that puts other Republicans with presidential ambitions in an awkward position.
The twice-impeached one-term president hasn't formally decided whether to seek re-election again, but advisers say there's "zero" chance he would ask Pence to serve as his No. 2 after refusing to overturn their election loss during the Jan. 6 insurrection, reported Politico.
"The vice president is an incredible man and was a great vice president, but he has a huge obstacle — problem — in trying to be the nominee after dealing with what he's dealt with over the last six months," said one Trump adviser.
Trump's indecision has frozen the field of would-be candidates, who must cautiously raise their national profiles without pulling the spotlight off the former president, who retains his grip on the GOP's voters.
"The best thing you can do is be out there for yourself and fundraising and stumping for candidates," said a Trump adviser. "74 million people isn't a base. It's half the electorate. People are asking the wrong question — how do I keep Trump saying my name with a smile on his face? But they need to know how they should connect with his base."
However, former national security adviser John Bolton told Politico that his PAC's polling data found only about a third of Republicans believe the ex-president is the strongest candidate for 2024, while 52 percent would prefer a "fresh face" -- although he concedes Trump's shadow would still loom over that election.
"GOP presidential candidates who disagree with Pence's Jan. 6 electoral-vote rulings are almost certainly toast in the 2024 general election," Bolton said.
Anyone who's out raising money or their name recognition before Trump makes his decision risks alienating his hardcore base, and needs to be seen as essentially running for vice president, say some GOP operatives.
"If Trump decides to get in, everyone else will fall by the wayside or say, 'Trump's the guy, we'll back out,'" said one former Trump campaign adviser. "Because if you're seen running in the primary, that hurts you in '28, in your own reelection — so there's a lot of calculation going into, would you want to primary Trump or not."
Donald Trump Jr. pushes girlfriend Guilfoyle as Meghan McCain's replacement on The View -- and it doesn't go well
Responding to a report from the East Bay Times that former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle is being considered for the "conservative" seat on ABC's "The View," boyfriend Donald Trump Jr. gave his current girlfriend his whole-hearted endorsement on Twitter, which was not received well.
According to the report, the ABC talk show is looking to fill the seat that is being vacated by Meghan McCain -- the daughter of the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) -- which has traditionally been held by a conservative personality.
The Daily Mail is reporting, "The names of controversial media personalities being floated include Kimberly Guilfoyle, Megyn Kelly and Candace Owens."
That, in turn, led Trump Jr. to tweet: "LOL, hey @ABC even I'd tune in to see @kimguilfoyle do this. Kim vs the other 4 doesn't seem like a fair fight though. You may need a few more libs"... which led critics of the son of former president Donald Trump to point out Guilfoyle's scandal-plagued firing at Fox News.
You can see a few responses below:
@DonaldJTrumpJr @ABC @kimguilfoyle Why she would just get fired like at fox for sexual harassment. Besides she doesn't have a TV face— scott (@scott) 1626997211.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @ABC @kimguilfoyle Wait... Are you saying your girlfriend is tougher than you?— 💀DeathMetalViking💀 (@💀DeathMetalViking💀) 1626999667.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @ABC @kimguilfoyle The problem is that none of you are paper-trained.— Saint Brian The Godless (@Saint Brian The Godless) 1627003385.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @ABC @kimguilfoyle She has already been fired from 1 news agency due to sexual misconduct. She is… https://t.co/Scq24GnaPS— Visibility Unlimited (@Visibility Unlimited) 1627047498.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @ABC @kimguilfoyle Somebody’s running out of money and needs to put the girlfriend to work …?🤫— MG 🇺🇸💙 (@MG 🇺🇸💙) 1627015472.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @ABC @kimguilfoyle I know she’s part of your brand with the sexual harassment and all. But, usually… https://t.co/CN6nJ6KJLt— Elizabeth (@Elizabeth) 1627003916.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @ABC @kimguilfoyle Didn't she get fired from her last network gig for sexual harassment?— Eric Jennings #BlackLivesMatter 🌈 (@Eric Jennings #BlackLivesMatter 🌈) 1626997140.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @ABC @kimguilfoyle I don't think there's enough cocaine in that green room for Kim. https://t.co/bBTtJdoddB— This ain't no Disco 🆘️ (@This ain't no Disco 🆘️) 1626996795.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @ABC @kimguilfoyle Dude. Get a hobby or better yet a job. Oh, that’s why you want her to get this j… https://t.co/NfwrFZemNJ— Tom Dubreuil (@Tom Dubreuil) 1627045759.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @ABC @kimguilfoyle Kimmy will need a job while you're being prosecuted then jailed.— 2cats510 (@2cats510) 1627001736.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @ABC @kimguilfoyle They’re looking for a host, not a parasite.— The Handsome Cabin Boy (@The Handsome Cabin Boy) 1627000109.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @ABC @kimguilfoyle Drag your trash out for collection like everybody else, don't dump it on The View.— grass under my feet (@grass under my feet) 1626997554.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @ABC @kimguilfoyle are you like... 4 years old?— Seany baby! (@Seany baby!) 1626996821.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @ABC @kimguilfoyle People would be puking— "International Strategery" (Ret.) (@"International Strategery" (Ret.)) 1626998693.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @ABC @kimguilfoyle Dude, lay off the blow and get a J-O-B— ❄️🍍 Paulie D. Cbus 🌐 (@❄️🍍 Paulie D. Cbus 🌐) 1626996770.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @ABC @kimguilfoyle Remember that time that Kimberly Guilfoyle got fired from Fox because she was ma… https://t.co/6dawPyD70k— Dane Southard (@Dane Southard) 1626996775.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @ABC @kimguilfoyle I liked Kimberly better when she was with Gavin. https://t.co/JYz8eIoiSe— Waxing Poetic (@Waxing Poetic) 1627004271.0
On Friday, the anti-GOP conservative group the Lincoln Project launched a new online ad mocking former President Donald Trump over NFL star Tom Brady's refusal to associate with him.
"Tom Brady, great, great friend of mine," said Trump in the opening of the clip. "Unbelievable winner."
"Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough," said the narrator, echoing a former quote from Trump himself. "You know, winners just like being around other winners. Not just to talk about how great winning is, because it is great. But to make fun of the losers. Locker room talk. Perfect example? Tom Brady." The ad then cut to Brady making fun of Trump's election loss at the White House with President Joe Biden.
"D*mn. The GOAT himself," said the narrator. "Hanging out with... what's-his-name? The dude who kicked your a** last year. Biden. Dunking on the losers. You. Brady never took your invite when you were in the White House, right? Well, I'm sure he had something important to do. Maybe he just knew when enough was enough. It's not like you got dumped, Donald. Can you really get dumped when you were never together? Besides, you have plenty of friends, right? Uh, right?"
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