Who Will Trump Pick as His VP?

It won’t be anyone currently in the race.

Lauren Elizabeth

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At this point, it feels all but inevitable that Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for the President of the United States, and I don’t realistically foresee anything happening that’s going to change that. Despite their efforts, candidates like Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, and Chris Christie have been unable to really even so much as make a dent in Donald Trump’s numbers. Right now with all of that in mind, it certainly feels reasonable to begin wondering who Trump is going to pick as his running mate.

It’s certainly not going to be any of the people currently running.

Let’s start with who we all know probably wants it most, shall we? Frankly, I can’t think of anyone who wants it more than Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. I mean, at least when it comes to staying in Trump’s good graces, the Georgia lawmaker has done everything correct. She has remained loyal no matter what, and done everything in her power to stay in the good graces of Trump’s base. If she didn’t see Trump as her ticket to career advancement andmore financial opportunities, she would’ve been long gone.

We all know Trump knows that, too. He’s dangled the VP position in front of her in the past because he knows exactly how far Greene is willing to go in his defense. He’ll use her as long as she’s an asset, and will not hesitate in the slightest to cut her loose the moment she proves to be a liability.

All that being said, we also know there are people in Trump’s inner circle who will absolutely not let it happen. So, who is the safer, more likely pick?

Kari Lake.

If Trump selected Greene over Kari Lake, I’m fairly certain a portion of his campaign staff would quit on the spot. She certainly feels like a solid, safe choice, no? The selection of Greene would hurt Trump’s chances with independent voters, whereas Lake would be a net neutral in that regard.

She’s an obvious answer and I’m sure there are others, but personally I can’t help wondering how Greene will react when she’s not chosen. Will her actions change? Will her staunch defense of Trump falter? What will he do if or when she turns on him?

The thing is, this entire conversation reminds me of just how deep Trump’s control of the GOP runs. There is nothing Greene would gain from turning on Trump, which is why he’s not going to hesitate to turn on her. No matter what happen, it feels as though somehow, some way, Trump’s willingness to burn bridges never seems to catch up with him.

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Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx