Trump’s vice-presidential shortlist

It has long been standard practice for presidential candidates to provide teasers about who they might pick to be their running mates. This gives them the chance to pander to various constituencies by suggesting that the final choice might represent them, while also encouraging those who think they have a shot at it to stay loyal and support them.

Serial sex abuser Donald Trump (SSAT) has followed that pattern. He has said that there are at least six people on his list: Sen. Tim Scott, Rep. Byron Donalds, former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Gov. Kristi Noem, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Ron DeSantis. There are two Black men (Scott, Donalds), two women (Gabbard, Noem), two Asians (Ramaswamy, Gabbard), one white man (DeSantis), and one white woman (Noem). There is no Hispanic person, surprisingly, considering how large that voting bloc is, unless one of them also has that heritage that I am not aware of.

DeSantis’s inclusion is a bit of a surprise. While he endorsed SSAT after dropping out of the race, he has not been actively campaigning for him. And then just after this list was revealed, SSAT’s campaign attacked DeSantis.

Here was senior advisor Jason Miller: “We looked past Rob’s [sic] half-hearted endorsement and the bullshit trip to South Carolina to try to stay relevant, but if his popping off continues, Thor’s hammer will return.”

Here was Trump spokesman Steven Cheung: “Ron tucked his tail between his legs and he should have scurried off into the shadows of obscurity. Now that he’s dipped his high-heeled toes back in the water, he might just find out our shovel can dig a lot deeper.”

And here was senior advisor Chris LaCivita: “Chicken fingers and pudding cups is what you will be remembered for you sad little man.”

It was a remarkable amount of ire to direct at a guy who dropped out of the presidential race and endorsed Trump more than a month ago—not to mention one who remains hugely popular with Republican base voters.

What did DeSantis do to earn this displeasure? He told supporters on a Wednesday call that he wouldn’t be interested in serving as Trump’s vice president, one day after Trump had confirmed to Fox News the Florida governor was on his shortlist for the job. More than that, he suggested Trump might make his choice based on “identity politics.”

Lists like this are not to be taken seriously, so others who have been campaigning hard to be selected but did not make the list, like Elise Stafanik and Marjorie Taylor Greene, will continue to suck up to SSAT in the hope of being chosen.


  1. Matt G says

    Is there anyone in SSAT’s circle that isn’t an adolescent? No offense to adolescents intended….

  2. Bruce says

    This list may mean even less than usual. The names were not raised by Trump, but by a reporter, and Trump merely agreed. But he was not exclusive. In his mind, the short list might have 106 names on it. But Trump is glad for any story about him, especially one that doesn’t involve him being found guilty. Were there any Republican names that he would Not have agreed with?

  3. Matt G says

    Bruce@2- Are there any people on this (or any) list of VP candidates for whom SSAT doesn’t have a derogatory nickname?

  4. JM says

    @3 Matt G: It has been suggested that Trump could go for one of his sons as VP. Try to turn the country into a hereditary monarchy. I have never heard him use a nickname for them, but realistically there is a good chance he has ones he uses when upset with them.

  5. John Morales says

    birgerjohansson, anyone who wants to be first in line in the presidential order of succession, presumably.

  6. larpar says

    DeSantis tried to get off the shortlist by putting lifts in his shoes, but he’s not fooling anyone.

  7. ardipithecus says

    Not Dan Quayle? He’s the same age as Trump, and would stand out for his intelligence -- besides, he gets DJT!

    “What a waste it is to lose one’s mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is”

  8. Silentbob says

    @ 6 Morales

    Thanks for explaining what Vice President means. We were all at a loss until you showed up with your typically valuable and insightful contribution.

  9. Silentbob says

    @ ^

    My… WHAT?!! X-D
    Talk about DARVO.

    Oh well, at least I’m Silentbob today and not SoylentBog or Stridentbib or FecalBubulum or any of the other names this obsessive weirdo has made up for me.

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