Former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s decision to leave the Democratic Party has some wondering if she could be former President Donald Trump’s future running mate.
Gabbard announced on Tuesday in a video shared on social media that she was no longer a Democrat, and said the party is run by “an elite cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly vigilance” who “profess anti-white racism ” support financially. She went on to say that she left the party to become an independent, in part because she believed Democrats were “taking the world ever closer to nuclear war.”
Many were not surprised by Gabbard’s departure from the Democratic Party. The former congresswoman has repeatedly taken anti-LGBT positions, taken a pro-Russian stance on the war in Ukraine that’s more in line with America’s far-right than left, and opposed “wake” culture since the end of her failed 2020 pronounced presidential campaign as a Democrat.
Gabbard was also a keynote speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida earlier this year and served as a guest anchor on the flagship Fox News program Tucker Carlson tonight. Though she didn’t register as a Republican on Tuesday, her move to the political right has led many to speculate that she could become the GOP nominee for vice president in 2024.
“What I like about Tulsi … she’s the very definition of an individual,” Fox News host Greg Gutfeld said during a program on Tuesday. “Look, I probably disagree with her on at least 30 percent, maybe 40 percent of things … I think she’s going to be Trump’s vice president … that’s the bottom line.”
Alex Salvi, foreign correspondent for the conservative newspaper Newsmax, shared a opinion poll on Twitter, asking supporters if Gabbard was “actually a viable candidate for Republican vice presidential nomination.” A majority of 44 percent of those polled said “no” Tuesday night, while about 37 percent said “yes.”
Journalist Aaron Rupar written down that “Newsmax [was] in a tweet alongside a still of host Greg Kelly speculating that she’s a 2024 candidate.
“There’s a lot of talk today about Tulsi joining a Trump ticket,” Ring Wing commentator Jack Posobiec said tweeted.
“There’s a non-zero chance of Tulsi Gabbard becoming Trump’s running mate in 2024,” self-described Wisconsin Conservative @GreatLakePolitc tweeted. “Sad but true fact.”
“If Trump made Tulsi his running mate, 95% of the people who condemn her today would become her biggest supporters overnight.” tweeted Pro-Trump expert John Cardillo. “So spare me the hypocrisy.”
“Tulsi Gabbard clearly aspires to be the VP choice for Trump or Desantis,” tweeted Dart Founder and Editor Elaine Atwell. “Which, frankly, is a smart move if you’re not weighed down by principles or long-term thinking!”
“Tulsi was never a Democrat,” said musician and author Holly Figueroa O’Reilly tweeted. “Tulsi has been a Russian asset for years. What are the odds of her vying to become Trump’s vice president? #ByeFelicia.”
Trump, who has not officially announced his candidacy despite repeatedly hinting at a run in 2024, has already barred former Vice President Mike Pence from any possible ticket, with whom he has been increasingly at odds since losing the 2020 election is.
Pence’s rejection was largely due to the former vice president’s refusal to invalidate President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory during the Jan. 6, 2021 joint session of Congress. Trump has once again called Pence’s decision a “political suicide” and the prospect of working with him in 2024 “totally inappropriate”.
news week reached out to Gabbard and Trump’s office for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/tulsi-gabbards-dem-decision-fuels-speculation-shes-trumps-vp-choice-1750971 Tulsi Gabbard’s Dem decision fuels speculation that she is Trump’s VP pick