Despite the efforts of some in the Republican Party, the idea that former President Donald Trump could choose former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley as his running mate in the next election continues to spread like wildfire. The Trump loyalists are digging in their heels, clinging to the hope that their leader won’t go for Haley, because, well, she’s not a fan of all that populism and nationalism stuff. On the other hand, the Haley supporters are making it clear that she’s not in this race to be anyone’s second fiddle. And let’s not forget about the supporters of other candidates who are all aboard the “neither Trump nor Haley” train.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 25, 2023
Governor Ron DeSantis and his gang are stirring the pot even more by pushing the Trump-Haley rumors, claiming that the two of them are teaming up against him. And now, CBS News is chiming in, reporting that Trump is out there asking people how they’d feel about Haley joining his ticket. You can almost hear the dramatic music playing in the background.
Of course, this whole drama is not sitting well with some prominent Republicans. Tucker Carlson is making it clear that he’s not on board with a Trump-Haley ticket, and he’s not afraid to shout it from the rooftops. Even Donald Trump Jr. is vowing to do whatever it takes to ensure his father doesn’t pick Haley. It’s like a high-stakes game of political chess, with everyone trying to maneuver their pieces into position.
But let’s take a step back and look at the big picture. If Haley manages to climb up the polls and surpass DeSantis, she could become the unified choice for the Republican Party. It wouldn’t be the first time something like this has happened. Back in 1980, Ronald Reagan chose George H.W. Bush as his running mate, and we all know how that turned out. But it’s clear that Trump values loyalty above all else, so the Haley talk may just be premature wishful thinking.