Marjorie Taylor Greene emerges as potential Trump running mate
Outspoken conservative firebrand Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (GA-14) has set her sights on becoming former President Donald Trump's 2024 running mate, at least according to a report this week from NBC News.
Two sources who have discussed the possibility directly with the congresswoman told the outlet that she is convinced of her suitability for the job and is determined to pursue the role as speculation about Trump's potential short list continues to grow.
“No shrinking violet”
Former Trump advisor and podcast host Steve Bannon has interviewed Greene numerous times and is among those who believe she is eyeing the number-two spot on the Republican ticket in the next presidential cycle.
“This is no shrinking violet,” Bannon explained. “She's ambitious – she's not shy about that, nor should she be.
Bannon continued his assessment of Greene's vision, saying, “She sees herself on the short list for Trump's V.P. Paraphrasing [the late political pundit] Cokie Roberts, when MTG looks in the mirror she sees a potential president smiling back.”
In addition to Bannon, another Trump-connected source, who spoke to NBC News on the condition of anonymity, gave voice to Greene's perspective, saying that her “whole vision is to be vice president” and that it is likely that the former president would be giving strong consideration to that possibility.
Characterized by many as a far-right, flame-throwing outlier since first arriving in D.C., Greene is in the midst of something of a reinvention of late, attempting to cast herself as a bridge between hard-line conservatives and more moderate members of the GOP, as NBC News explained.
Perhaps in furtherance of that goal, Greene took an active role in the recent battle for the speaker's gavel, ultimately helping secure Rep. Kevin McCarthy's eventual win, something that led the California Republican to appoint her to two key House committees and declare, “I will never leave that woman. I will always take care of her.”
Though her recent alliance with McCarthy has rubbed some conservative hardliners the wrong way, Bannon suggested that it was a sign of Greene's shrewd political instincts that could take her all the way to the White House someday.
“She's both strategic and disciplined – she made a power move, knowing it would run up hard against her most ardent crew,” said Bannon. “She was prepared to take the intense heat/hatred short-term for the long-term goal of being a player.”
Though Trump has yet to entertain serious public discussion about potential vice-presidential picks, his campaign recently sparked at least some discussion among the former president's supporters about who might be the most promising options.
In December, the Trump 2024 campaign sent a fundraising email asking donors to enter the name of their own pick for vice president in what was an open-ended poll format.
Numerous press outlets have also started compiling lists of Republicans they feel might have a shot at being tapped as Trump's number-two, and some of the emergent names include Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, unsuccessful Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC).
Whether Greene will end up on these ever-evolving lists in the near future – which would be a considerable feat given that it was not long ago that she had been booted from congressional committees for what Democrats deemed incendiary and threatening positions – is something that remains to be seen.
Though Trump declared his 2024 candidacy back in November, his campaign has gotten off to what some describe as a “lackluster” start, but the former president is poised to ramp things up this weekend with stops in two critical primary states.
On Saturday, Trump will appear in New Hampshire in the morning and then appear at a South Carolina event with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Republican Gov. Henry McMaster.
Even as Trump turns his focus to the campaign trail, and rumors are rife that Greene is – at least behind the scenes – doing the same, the lawmaker's spokesman, Nick Dyer, demurred when asked by NBC News for comment on his boss's rumored ambitions.
“Congresswoman Greene is laser focused on serving the people of Northwest Georgia on her new committees in the GOP majority. Her work on Oversight, Homeland Security, and the COVID Select committee is her priority and people shouldn't get wrapped up into rumors,” Dyer said.