Dem’s decision to Tulsi Gabbard fuels speculation she’s Trump’s VP pick
Former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s decision to quit the Democratic Party has some wondering if she could be former President Donald Trump’s future running mate.
Gabbard announced in a video shared on social media on Tuesday that she was no longer a Democrat and said the party was run by “an elitist cabal of cowardly awakening warmongers” who promote “anti-white racism.” . She went on to say that she was leaving the party to become an independent in part because she believed the Democrats were bringing the world “closer and closer to nuclear war”.
Many were not surprised by Gabbard’s estrangement from the Democratic Party. The former congresswoman has repeatedly promoted anti-LGBT stances, taken a pro-Russian stance on the war in Ukraine that’s more in line with America’s far-right than the left, and advocated against culture “woke” since the end of his failed 2020 presidential campaign as a Democrat.
Gabbard was also a guest speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida earlier this year and was a guest host on Fox News’ flagship program. Tucker Carlson tonight. Although she did not register as a Republican on Tuesday, her shift to the political right has prompted many to speculate that she could become the GOP’s running mate in 2024.
“What I love about Tulsi…is the definition of an individual,” Fox News host Greg Gutfeld said during a Tuesday show. “Look, I disagree with her on probably at least 30%, maybe 40% of things…I think she’s going to be Trump’s VP…that’s where it’s at.
Alex Salvi, foreign correspondent for the conservative newspaper Newsmax, shared a survey to Twitter asking his followers if Gabbard was “really a viable candidate to be a Republican VP pick”. On Tuesday evening, a plurality of 44% of respondents said “no”, while around 37% said “yes”.
Journalist Aaron Rupar Noted that “Newsmax [was] already talking about Tulsi on the Trump ticket” in a tweet alongside a still image of host Greg Kelly speculating that she would be a 2024 candidate.
“A lot of talk today about Tulsi joining a Trump ticket,” commented ring-winger Jack Posobiec tweeted.
“There’s no way Tulsi Gabbard will end up being Trump’s running mate in 2024,” self-described “Wisconsin conservative” @GreatLakePolitc tweeted. “Sad fact but true.”
“If Trump chose Tulsi as his running mate, 95% of the people condemning her today would become his biggest supporters overnight,” tweeted John Cardillo, pro-Trump pundit. “So spare me the morality.”
“Tulsi Gabbard is clearly looking to be the VP choice for Trump or Desantis,” tweeted Dart founder and editor-in-chief Elaine Atwell. “Which is honestly a smart decision if you’re not weighed down by principles or long-term thinking!”
“Tulsi was never a Democrat,” said musician and writer Holly Figueroa O’Reilly. tweeted. “Tulsi has been a Russian asset for years. What are the odds she’ll be in the running to be Trump’s vice president? #ByeFelicia”
Trump, who hasn’t officially announced his candidacy despite repeated hints of a 2024 run, has already ruled out former Vice President Mike Pence from any potential ticket, with whom he’s increasingly disagreed since he lost the 2020 election.
Pence’s rejection was largely due to the former vice president’s refusal to invalidate President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory during the joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021. Trump called Pence’s decision ” political suicide” and the prospect of teaming up with him. again in 2024 as “totally inappropriate”.
Newsweek contacted Gabbard and Trump’s office for comment.