Georgia’s firebrand congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene is reportedly angling to be on Donald Trump’s short list of vice presidential candidates for his 2024 campaign, according to Trump insider Steve Bannon. Bannon shared the announcement during a recent episode of his popular War Room podcast.
“This is no shrinking violet, she’s ambitious — she’s not shy about that, nor should she be,” Bannon said on the show, where Greene has been a frequent guest.
“She sees herself on the short list for Trump’s VP. Paraphrasing Cokie Roberts, when MTG looks in the mirror she sees a potential president smiling back,” he added.
Bannon was sourcing his information from two anonymous people close to the representative from Georgia’s 14th congressional district.
NBC News reported that one of the two sources indicated her “whole vision is to be vice president.” NBC wrote:
A second source who has advised Greene said her “whole vision is to be vice president.” The source, who has ties to Trump but spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations, said he also believes Greene would be on Trump’s short list.
NBC also noted that this long-term vision might account for her recent defense of Kevin McCarthy during his 15-vote marathon to become the next Speaker of the House. Greene famously split from her Freedom Caucus allies like Matt Gaetz and vehemently defended McCarthy through the tumultuous and ultimately successful Speaker bid.
It also helps explain why she threw herself into helping elect Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaker of the House after the midterm elections and took assignments on two committees — Homeland Security and Oversight and Accountability — where she can participate in high-profile investigations of President Joe Biden’s administration. McCarthy also tapped her to be part of the panel investigating how the government handled the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her push for McCarthy alienated some of her allies in the House Freedom Caucus and like-minded conservative activists, but that was a calculated risk, according to Bannon.
Donald Trump had also endorsed McCarthy, speaking with Breitbart last December.
“I like him,” Trump said of McCarthy before reminding everyone of what happened the last time Republicans controlled the House. During his own presidency, Trump had to go up against RINO, former vice presidential candidate and now Fox News board member, Paul Ryan.
“I think it’s a very dangerous game that’s being played,” Trump said. “It’s a very dangerous game. Some bad things could happen. Look, we had Boehner and he was a strange person but we ended up with Paul Ryan who was ten times worse. Paul Ryan was an incompetent speaker. I think he goes down as the worst speaker in history. We took [out] Boehner—and a group of people, some of whom are the same, and they’re very good friends of mine. All those people are very good friends of mine.”
“This guy, Paul Ryan, couldn’t have gotten elected in his own area of Wisconsin. I went with him after I won the election and we had a tremendous crowd of people and they booed him off the stage. You remember that? They booed him off the stage. This guy is now telling Fox what to do.”
Trump was then asked if he supported Kevin McCarthy in that interview. “Yeah, I support McCarthy,” he said.
Trump later doubled down on his support of McCarthy in early January, just ahead of the Speaker’s election. Going to Truth Social, Trump stated in no uncertain terms what the vote meant.
“Some really good conversations took place last night, and it’s now time for all of our GREAT Republican House members to VOTE FOR KEVIN, CLOSE THE DEAL, TAKE THE VICTORY,” Trump posted to Truth. “REPUBLICANS, DO NOT TURN A GREAT TRIUMPH INTO A GIANT & EMBARRASSING DEFEAT.”
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