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Reject Myopic Thinking, Not Mr. Trump’s V.P. Choice

There has been much talk about whom presumptive 2024 GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump should choose for his running mate. It is right and proper for Mr. Trump’s supporters to engage in these oft-heated discussions, for it can help instruct the ultimate choice. Many fine individuals have been suggested for his prospective vice president: former Trump administration members; past and present U.S. senators, representatives, and governors; former primary opponents; and even some media figures.

While many potential running mates have been posited, not all have been positively received. Some in the Make America Great Again (MAGA) movement have deemed some possible vice presidential candidates as deal-breakers regarding the entire GOP ticket—including the rejection of Mr. Trump himself.

Should Mr. Trump choose a running mate some in the MAGA movement find less than appealing, it is imperative to dispense with such myopic thinking, lest it sow the seeds of defeat.

The MAGA movement argues that this is the most important presidential election in a generation or more. Indeed, the movement believes this election could mark the end of the republic should the Democrats prevail in November. Whatever the degree, the movement and the bulk of the GOP believe a defeat would be disastrous for the future of our free republic.

Thus, the argument to reject Mr. Trump based upon who he chooses for his running mate is hypocritical and threatens everything the MAGA movement claims to cherish.

The hypocrisy is patent. Since he rode down the escalator and declared his candidacy in 2015, MAGA members have urged Republicans—especially those in the “never Trump” camp—to set aside their personal and policy qualms to support Mr. Trump. The argument was blunt: whatever his perceived faults, Mr. Trump would be a far better president and do far less harm to the country than anyone the Democrats would nominate; ergo, a vote for said Democrat or anyone else as a protest vote would constitute enabling and empowering the left’s radical, extreme, and dangerous “fundamental transformation” of America.

Consequently, in the debate over Mr. Trump’s potential GOP running mate, the same logic applies. If a MAGA supporter and/or grassroot Republican votes against Mr. Trump based upon who he selects for his running mate, said MAGA supporter or grassroot Republican is enabling and empowering the left’s radical, extreme, and dangerous “fundamental transformation” of America.

Further, for years, his supporters have avowed that Mr. Trump possesses the intelligence, vision, and courage to address the momentous policy challenges facing our nation. To now claim his political choice of a “disfavored” running mate suddenly renders Mr. Trump unworthy of one’s support is beyond absurd. There is no discernible difference between a “never Trump” voter and, say, a “never Veep” voter. Why? Because neither will vote for Mr. Trump, and both will help elect a Democrat.

In many ways, then, Mr. Trump’s selection for his 2024 vice presidential running mate is about him, but it is also about the movement and the party he heads as its presidential nominee.

Mr. Trump is charged with the responsibility of choosing a vice-presidential running mate who can further his electoral chances and, if successful, stand a heartbeat away from serving as the leader of our nation and the free world in a time of soul-trying tribulations and chaos.

The GOP and MAGA movement are tasked with grasping the totality of the stakes for our nation and the world in the pending election and in supporting Mr. Trump’s choice for vice president—be it with a big smile or through tightly clenched teeth.

An American Greatness contributor, the Hon. Thaddeus G. McCotter (M.C., Ret.) served Michigan’s 11th Congressional district from 2003-2012, and served as Chair of the Republican House Policy Committee. Not a lobbyist, he is a frequent public speaker and moderator for public policy seminars; and a Monday co-host of the “John Batchelor Radio Show,” among sundry media appearances.

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About Thaddeus G. McCotter

An American Greatness contributor, the Hon. Thaddeus G. McCotter (M.C., Ret.) represented Michigan’s 11th Congressional district from 2003 to 2012 and served as Chair of the Republican House Policy Committee. Not a lobbyist, he is a frequent public speaker and moderator for public policy seminars, and a Monday co-host of the "John Batchelor Show" among sundry media appearances.

Photo: DALLAS, TEXAS - AUGUST 06: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Hilton Anatole on August 06, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. CPAC began in 1974, and is a conference that brings together and hosts conservative organizations, activists, and world leaders in discussing current events and future political agendas. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

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  1. Mr. Trump could choose a blow up companion for VP and it would be a superior choice to the one currently holding that office.

  2. Avatar for task task says:

    Don’t be surprised if he chooses someone not on the list such as Byron Donalds. I’m not saying that will be his choice since there are reasons he likely will not but whomever he choices the character should contain much of what Byron Donalds already comes equipped with. Everything else (character and resume wise) will be accoutrements for the MSM and Sunday talk shows to chatter over.

  3. For me, it’s pretty simple–when vacationing, I prefer to stay in a nice hotel, but if I have to go camping, I’m okay to stay in pretty much any of them except one-----the Rubio Camp.

  4. Avatar for task task says:

    We put up with Romney and John McCain to prevent the precursor of what gave us what we now have because we realized the seriousness of the 2008 election. It was the American version of the 1918 Bolshevik Revolution. And we failed to fix it in 2012 because the candidate was also not up to par. However, the alternative was like going from childhood to adulthood in record time. I made this point with a short review of “Catcher in the Rye” using the following commentary:

    "The point is that “life Sucks” and that there is no way out and if anything might matter it could be to pursue a biological altruistic craving to aid children enjoy the innocence of childhood before they reach adulthood and experience everything nightmares are composed of.

    It reminds me of a quip by Kipling. "When young lips have drunk deep the bitter waters of hate, suspicion and despair, all the love in the world will not wholly take away that knowledge”.

    Most men (and women) lead lives of quiet desperation as Thoreau attempted to make clear in Walden but let’s not be too discouraged. Between Karl Marx and the prophet Muhammad a lot of evil has transpired. Nevertheless I know a lot of Christians who manage to be quite happy despite life’s adversities. And that is what America, associated with free market capitalism, was once all about and it was so much so that it became the fundamental reason immigrants sought to leave their native countries to complete the rest of their lives here."

    You would think that everyone would get it by now however just remember that the Regime has done its best to keep the masses inundated with temporary fiscal fixes so they don’t feel the current economic weather and anticipate the coming hurricane. Americans were like perpetual children at that time. Yet when I see billionaires, today, still sitting on the fence while spouting all the right policy rhetoric you have to consider where politics prevails and evidence and logic fails. Do they not realize that the Democratic Party has now become the vehicle for “fundamental change?” And that change is the replacement of capitalism with authoritarian socialism. It reminds me of Soros writing about the intelligence and sound fiscal policy of Volcker. You would think he was a Reagan supporter yet you knew he never voted for him.

    So yes we get. Everyone else… not yet.

  5. I remember people voting against John McCain because he chose Sarah Palin. It was unbelievable. The VP doesn’t do much as we can see with Harris. However, there is always the chance that the Deep State takes out Trump as they did with JFK, then we are left with the VP.

    Byron Donalds, JD Vance, Ben Carson would all make great vp’s. However, the first two option would be great at carrying on the MAGA torch in 2028 which is what we need.

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