I wrote a while back about my prediction for President Trump’s running mate in 2020.
I said it would be Nikki Haley.
Then, there was the recent dog and pony show, where President Trump declared that Mike Pence was his running mate again.
Normally, I would have called “foul”. Because when politicians do things like that, it’s usually to cover-up the real story. I chose not to do this, because Trump is not the typical politician. In fact, I don’t think of him as a politician at all. But he has learned to play the game.
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It turns out my intuition may have been correct about Haley. Vanity Fair wrote,
But the ominous signs of Mueller’s progress have not completely overwhelmed other subplots. On Monday, Trump hosted a 2020 strategy meeting with a group of advisers. Among the topics discussed was whether Mike Pence should remain on the ticket, given the hurricane-force political headwinds Trump will face, as demonstrated by the midterms, a source briefed on the session told me. “They’re beginning to think about whether Mike Pence should be running again,” the source said, adding that the advisers presented Trump with new polling that shows Pence doesn’t expand Trump’s coalition. “He doesn’t detract from it, but he doesn’t add anything either,” the source said. Last month, The New York Times reported that Trump had been privately asking advisers if Pence could be trusted, and that outside advisers have been pushing Nikki Haley to replace Pence. One veteran of Trump’s 2016 campaign who’s still advising Trump told me the president hasn’t been focused enough on 2020. “What he needs to do is consider his team for 2020 and make sure it’s in place,” the adviser said. “He has to have people on his team that are loyal to his agenda.”
Of course Vanity Fair speculates on Nikki Haley as Trump’s running mate for mostly wrong reasons.
The hurricane-force headwinds will resemble warm ocean breezes by election time. Because Trump knows how to build an economy.
But the real reasons have more to do with what I wrote:
Haley has a good record as a Conservative. She’s great on tax reform, and limiting taxes on cigarettes, for example.
Haley has been strong on legal immigration, and stands fast against illegal immigration.
Haley has stated that, as a daughter of immigrants, she believes the immigration laws should be enforced. Thus, she voted in favor of a law that requires employers to be able to prove that newly hired employees are legal residents of the United States. That law also requires all immigrants to carry documentation at all times proving that they are legally in the United States.
Haley signed an “Arizona-style” law cracking down on illegal immigration in June 2011. That law was challenged by Obama’s United States Justice Department on numerous grounds, such as claims the immigration law violates the Supremacy Clause.
In the article I pointed out more things. But here’s what I left out.
President Trump wants to usher in the era of a female president. And there is no woman I know more qualified to become that, than Nikki Haley.
She brings real credentials to the job of president, only she needs a little closer role. Vice President would practically assure the right succession plan for Trump.
He would do what neither Bill Clinton nor Barack Obama could do: get a woman elected president.
It’s a matter of styles.
Mike Pence is a nice man. But Trump doesn’t need him. Their styles differ dramatically. And Pence appears to be a “go along to get along” VP.
Trump can’t train Pence, as he can Haley. And by train, I’m not speaking as some misogynist. I’m speaking of a man with the experience of being a private-sector billionaire, and an unlikely public-sector POTUS.
Nikki Haley nor anybody else could get better training. Trump University PhD program.
Haley is the perfect student. And she brings that “it” factor Trump knows he needs to assure his re-election, as well as his legacy.
And what of women?
While Democrats torched Sarah Palin and got away with it, few will try this with Haley. She’s tough, and under Trump she got even tougher. But Haley is not tough in that Hillary “Oh yes, I’m a real Bitch!” kind of way.
Whether Leftist women realize it or not, many will support a Trump ticket with a woman like Haley. Accomplished, and what a back story.
The daughter of immigrants. A former governor who excelled on the world stage at the UN.
Even though Trump won’t make gender a major issue, he realizes that having a woman on the ticket will be good for Republicans. A strong Republican woman can do much to bring the moderate woman vote. Trump doesn’t need the woman vote, but the party overall could definitely use the boost.
Finally, the ultimate way for Trump to get even with Hillary Clinton and Democrats in general is to usher in the first female POTUS!