Sorry, Neocons: Trump Isn’t Replacing Mike Pence With Nikki Haley
President Trump is not going to replace Vice President Mike Pence with Nikki Haley. Period.
Commentator Meghan McCain became the latest neoconservative-aligned Republican to claim that such a Vice Presidential bait-and-switch is in the works. McCain alleges that Trump is going to replace Pence with Haley, the former Governor of South Carolina, in the event that Joe Biden chooses a female running mate to utilize identity politics in a reciprocal manner.
“You want to identity politics me? I’ll identity politics you.’ And I just … think they’re gangster.”
CNN pundit Paul Begala also claimed Trump is going to replace Mike Pence with Haley during the Democratic convention. The talking head went so far as to claim that the replacement was a “certainty.”
There’s one problem with the former Republican establishment’s theory: there’s no reason to believe it has any basis in truth. It’s wishful thinking on the part of neoconservatives who want influence within the Trump administration, having largely opposed Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign from start to finish.
President Donald Trump has said as such himself. He said that Pence is “100%” going to be his running mate in the 2020 election in August. He rejected the claim in even more forceful terms earlier this month, describing Vice President Pence as his closest friend in Washington.
“I get along great with our vice president. I keep hearing I’m replacing him. He’s doing a phenomenal job. He’s a great guy and a loyal guy and he works so hard. Every day I read, ‘He’s gonna put this one, he’s gonna put that one. If I did, that would be a great act of disloyalty because he’s been great. I speak to him a lot.”
Trump’s remarks on the matter shut down the prospect of a Vice Presidential replacement in about as certain terms as possible.
Neoconservatives would love nothing more than for Donald Trump to saddle himself with a Vice President who reliably supports endless Middle East wars, globalist free trade with China, and massively increasing immigration levels to the United States by an order of millions.
Such a desire is rooted in their own wish to return the Republican Party to its pre-Trump status quo of unmitigated failure to actually “conserve” anything of value for the American people, despite having the audacity to label themselves “conservatives.”