By
G. McConway
|
January 29, 2024

Trump Adviser Appears to Rule Out RFK as VP for Trump

There have been considerable whispers that Trump may be interested in adding RFK Jr. to his ticket as VP to take advantage of his status as a Democrat outsider right now.

In fact, there were reports that Trump was highly considering this as a viable option, putting some feelers out there to see how his supporters would react.

Based on a recent statement by Trump adviser Chris LaCivita, that is not happening.

Sorry, But No

Trump is infamous for circulating a rumor for measuring purposes, then if the reaction is negative, deny it was ever put out there by his camp.

That is what possibly happened here.

Ever since RFK announced that he would not be running as a Democrat, choosing instead to go the route of an independent, there have been whispers that Trump might consider adding RFK to his ticket to beat Biden in November.

The reaction by MAGA was about as expected, with not too many people supporting the idea of having a Democrat in the White House under Trump.

With those rumors really catching steam in the last few days, Trump’s campaign decided to put the rumors to rest.

LaCivita posted, “This is 100% FAKE NEWS – NO ONE from the Trump Campaign ever approached RFK jr (or ever will) – one of the most LIBERAL and radical environmentalists in the country. For all the fake news- update your stories.”

That was in reaction to a story in the Post, which claimed, “Trump operatives expressed an interest in Kennedy early on, but it was all premature.”

Trump has never really said anything negative about Kennedy.

In fact, Kennedy, a known anti-vaxxer, was teased by Trump to join his vaccine safety commission, but that obviously never came to fruition.

Kennedy’s family has distanced itself from RFK Jr.’s campaign, but Kennedy still enjoys fairly significant support as a third-party candidate.

RealClearPolitics currently has Kennedy holding almost 16% in a split election, with Trump leading at 39% and Biden in second at 36.2%.

While that 16% is clearly not enough to get the job done, it would surely be enough to put Trump over the top in a 3-way election.

Kennedy, however, may decide just to keep going it alone, even if Trump were interested, hoping for a conviction against Trump, where the former president’s support starts to bottom out.

As I have stated before, Kennedy needs the perfect storm of Biden staying in the race and a Trump conviction, but if that all somehow does play out, he could be a very strong contender to win this election as a third-party candidate.

 

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