Former Donald Trump has hinted that he does not believe any of the current Republican presidential contenders are worthy of serving as his vice president in a potential 2024 run.
In a recent interview with Politico, Trump said that he has been “keeping tabs on the field” and that he is “not impressed” with any of the candidates so far.
“I’m not sure if any of them are VP-worthy,” Trump said. “They’re all a little too weak and wimpy for my taste.”
Trump’s remarks come as the Republican presidential field is forming. Former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have declared their candidacy.
Trump has been hinting about a 2024 presidential run for months. Who he would run with is unknown.
Trump may be pressuring GOP presidential contenders, according to some. By suggesting none of them are worthy of being his vice president, Trump hopes to drive them to take more conservative viewpoints to gain his favor.
Others think Trump cares about the Republican field. Trump has clashed with other Republicans, so he may worry that if elected president, he would not be able to work with any of the present contenders.
Whatever his motivations, Trump’s statements show his dissatisfaction with the Republican Party. How his statements influence the 2024 Republican presidential nomination battle will be intriguing.
Republicans are deeply divided, so Trump’s words are noteworthy. Trump is popular with Republicans but controversial with moderate and independent voters.
If Trump runs for president again in 2024, he must determine whether to pick a Republican or moderate-independent running mate.
Trump might alienate moderate and independent voters by choosing a Republican base-friendly running mate. Trump may lose supporters if he picks a moderate or independent running mate.
If he stands for president again in 2024, Trump’s running mate choice will be crucial.