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 July 23, 2023

Reporter asks Trump about choosing RFK Jr. for his 2024 running mate

With former President Donald Trump's 2024 presidential campaign firing on all cylinders, the only question on the minds of most is who Trump will select as running mate this time around. 

Trump and his inner circle have been peppered with questions regarding a potential running mate. While many believe it will likely be a high-profile female candidate, others have floated more unconventional ideas.

One of those ideas is the possibility of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a Democratic presidential candidate, joining Trump's ticket for 2024, given their close alignment on a number of populist issues.

Trump's response to the possibility, which came after Newsmax host Rob Schmitt asked him whether he thinks Kennedy running on a third-party ticket would impact the 2024 race, immediately raised eyebrows.

"I don’t know, but he’s got great support in the party. He’s got great support in the Democrat Party," Trump said, adding his comments on recent polling that shows RFK Jr. gaining impressive support.

"That’s a lot of vote," Trump said of the Democratic candidate's current polling numbers, one of which hit a staggering 23%.

"A lot of people like you and him as a combination, too," Schmitt said. "I don’t think that can happen, but have you ever thought about that?"

Schmitt added: "Trump/Kennedy looks good on a bumper sticker."

"No, but people have suggested it. I read the same things that you do," Trump shot back. "There are a lot of people suggesting it, there’s no question about that."

Trump's next sentence caught everyone's attention, and sparked the continued belief that it's not out of the realm of possibility that the two could make a dynamite, if not bizarre, ticket for the 2024 election.

"I’ve known him over the years. He’s a smart guy and well-intentioned. I really believe he’s very well-intentioned," Trump said, praising RFK Jr.

The conversation comes in the wake of commentary made last last month by former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. He said he believes a massive shift is happening on the Democratic side and RFK Jr. is much more of a threat than the White House or Democrats care to admit at this point.

“So there’s something aborning here and we’ve got to keep our eye on it. This is very much like, as John Fredericks remembers in ‘14 and ‘15 when we were talking about this and this guy named Trump that, you know, was a leading something that was just, you know, starting to coalesce,” Bannon said.

He added: "And of course, people mocked and ridiculed it. He’s just a TV guy. All he’s trying to do is renegotiate his deal with NBC. No, that was incorrect."


Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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