Rumors have been flying for weeks that Donald Trump is very seriously considering Nikki Haley as his VP.
The move would make sense with the massive surge that Haley has seen in recent polling, but the question remains as to how MAGA would react to seeing Haley’s name on the ballot and if it would help or hurt Trump in the election.
On the surface, this would appear to be the perfect move for Trump to lock down the election.
Haley is surging past Governor Ron DeSantis in the polls, so offering her a VP spot would eliminate Trump’s main competition while securing the second-largest voting block. This would also give some moderates and the establishment a reason to consider Trump, as well as help Trump with female voters.
Several reports have popped up that Trump has asked some of his top allies what they thought about Haley as his VP. From what I have seen, his allies have been trying to squash the idea.
Steve Bannon brought up the idea during a recent appearance in Phoenix, stating that the RNC “fat cats” were going to raise Haley’s profile so she could consolidate the never-Trump vote, adding they would begin to push the idea of Haley being Vice President. The crowd erupted in a foul rant of “F*** her!” Bannon egged them on, stating:
“You don’t love Nikki? Neoliberal, neocon Nikki? You’re not fans of Nicki as VP? … We’re gonna have to stop that!”
Donald Trump Jr. recently addressed this issue during an interview with Eric Bolling on Newsmax. He insisted that before that happened, he would step in to block Haley from being named as his father’s VP. He stated:
“I wouldn’t have her and I would go to great lengths to make sure that that doesn’t happen.
“Nikki Haley wants never-ending wars. She’s a puppet of the establishment in Washington, DC. She’s the new favorite candidate of the billionaire class because they want control— no different than academia and Harvard and using their billions to exercise influence.”
Despite the childish nickname that Trump has hung on Haley, he likes her, and she was part of his last administration. I firmly believe that Trump gave Haley his blessing to run, thinking that she would never get this type of momentum and she would steal votes away from DeSantis, and she has done the latter.
Donald Trump still has establishment Republicans whispering in his ear, such as Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), both of whom are very fond of Nikki Haley. So, while she may not get VP, I still believe she will be a part of Trump’s administration in a very high position, regardless of what Junior is saying.
Trump will have a tough time finding qualified people to fill his cabinet, so, believe me, his establishment allies will continue to push Haley on him. If not for vice president, she could be a frontrunner for Secretary of State, especially if McCarthy winds up as Trump’s Chief of Staff, which is where I have the former Speaker slated.