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EXCLUSIVE: General Mattis Planned Primary Run Against Trump, Pence Was Also Considered, Nikki Haley Was Tested As Running Mate

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Former Defense Secretary General James Mattis and some White House employees were directly aware of and monitoring a team working to launch a Mattis Republican primary campaign against President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, according to documents obtained by Big League Politics and statements from the organizers who put the team together.

“My job was to see what his pathway to the White House would look like,” Travis Snyder told Big League Politics in a series of interviews, referring to General Mattis. “There was a very small team.”

Snyder, a twenty-five year-old Indiana-based political consultant whom insiders say is close to Vice President Mike Pence, ran point on the operation, which Mattis and others were keeping track of.

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Snyder also confirmed that the group polled Mike Pence’s chances to run against Trump, and found that Pence had no chance.

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“I oversaw early states polling, putting together possible running mates,” Snyder said.

“I did not work with the fundraising team. I solely looked at what his path to the nomination would look like, and then his pathway to the White House,” Snyder said, declining to name the donors to the effort or the main person organizing it.

Running mate prospects included Nikki Haley and Dan Crenshaw.

“Nikki Haley was polled. Jackie Walorski, Mitch Daniels. There were regional smaller named people like Staff Sergeant Johnny Joe Jones” but Jones did not have the name ID, Snyder said.

“Dan Crenshaw was polled as a VP nominee in the event that Mattis” ran, Snyder said.

“General Mattis was aware of the effort,” Snyder confirmed. “He knew of the team, who exactly brought the team together.”

“There are people who currently serve in the White House who knew that the team was coming together,” Snyder said, noting that “This group is no longer active.”

Snyder tried to put together a team of consultants to assist in the effort.

Alex Rountree, a conservative consultant, was approached about being part of the team, but wanted nothing to do with it. Rountree identifies Snyder as being “good family friends with Pence” and being an adviser to Jackie Walorski, the congresswoman in Pence’s old district.

Rountree signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement with Travis Snyder regarding the effort. The NDA is now expired. Rountree never had any intention of helping Snyder, only in exposing the establishment plot to betray President Trump.

Rountree took copious notes on his conversations with Snyder:

When Rountree talked to Snyder, Snyder made it appear that Pence was supportive of the primary challenge to Trump.

“He was fluffing around a little bit about Pence, saying, ‘Pence wouldn’t be upset if Mattis ran.’ Somebody who knew the President’s every move all the time was working with Mattis: that turned out to be (John) Kelly,” Rountree told Big League Politics.

“They were hoping for Nikki Haley on the ticket,” Rountree said, stating that Snyder was trying to put together “15 consultants or operatives in 15 different states.”

“He (Snyder) said he had a polling firm that just signed an NDA that worked for the Cruz campaign,” Rountree said. KellyAnne Conway’s The Polling Company served as Ted Cruz’s pollster during the 2016 election. Snyder did not deny KellyAnne Conway’s possible involvement, considering Conway’s The Polling Company was Ted Cruz’s 2016 pollster.

Snyder kicked off his Mattis whisper campaign by planting an article with Andrew Feinberg, who wrote an August 2018 piece for Beltway Breakfast headlined, “Defense Secretary Mattis Weighing 2020 Bid, Predicts He’d ‘Kick Trump’s Ass.'”

Snyder told Rountree that the Mattis team had representatives in Arizona, Michigan, Virginia and Florida.

Derek Utley of X Strategies was also contacted about being part of the Mattis campaign.

“My firm is regularly contacted by candidates who are seeking to run for public office. Because a non-disclosure agreement was signed prior to my firm receiving information about this candidate who was seeking to run for public office, I can neither confirm nor deny who the candidate was. I will say however, my firm will automatically decline any candidate who is seeking to primary President Donald J. Trump,” Utley told Big League Politics.

Mattis resigned from his position as Defense Secretary, with President Donald Trump maintaining that Mattis was fired.

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The American Right Should Beware of Campaign Consultant Grifters

Some people want to make a quick buck with zero results to show for it.

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Heading into 2022 and 2024, America First operatives should be careful dealing with campaigns run by grifters. 

Patrick Clerbune of VDARE put out an informative post that serves as a warning to all about the rampant corruption within Republican political consultant outfits. 

He highlighted a Washington Post piece detailing how donors gave more than $8 million to Kim Klacik, a black woman running as a Republican candidate in Maryland’s 7th district. In reality, the money donated to Klacik’s campaign went straight to the fat pockets of political consultants who knew full well that she couldn’t win.

The Post went into further detail about this naked grifting opportunity:

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Her campaign is an example of how some consulting firms are profiting handsomely from Republican candidates who have robust appeal in today’s politically charged environment…

By the end of Klacik’s campaign, she would raise a staggering $8.3 million and pay nearly $3.7 million of it to Olympic Media, according to campaign finance filings.

For political veterans, this is nothing new under the sun. Political consultant parasites such as Karl Rove are notorious for enriching themselves by running failed campaigns and diverting resources from actual winnable races. Rove was also involved in the Georgia Senate dumpster fire, where the GOP dropped a whopping $1 billion and still ended up losing both seats. 

Pointing out how the managerial state is detrimental to all Americans, especially minorities, is one thing. But using failed ethnic pandering and running campaigns in districts that can never be won by Republicans is another. 

In the aforementioned case, Maryland’s 7th district has never gone Republican in its history and was the long-time home of Elijah Cummings from 1996 until his death in 2019. Democrat challenger Kweisi Mfume completely obliterated Klacik 74 to 25 in the 2020 general election. 

Intelligent nationalists would be wise to recognize that certain races are lost causes, which drain resources that could otherwise be allocated towards winnable campaigns. A large degree of skepticism should always be directed towards the political consultant class. Their money-making model does not always translate into electoral success.

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