Former Trump aide Steve Bannon has raised concerns over the possibility of Nikki Haley becoming the vice-presidential pick in a potential Trump administration.
In a recent episode of the “Human Events Daily with Jack Posobiec” podcast, Bannon voiced strong opposition to the idea, predicting a significant internal battle within the GOP.
Navigating the spring battle: Bannon’s caution against Nikki Haley
Bannon anticipates a heated debate in the spring, emphasizing that some factions will push Haley to join the ticket, arguing that her presence could balance gender representation and appeal to a segment of Never Trumpers within the Republican Party.
However, he firmly discourages this move, setting the stage for what he predicts will be a crucial internal struggle.
Bannon warns Nikki Haley will be a detriment to second Trump term
Expressing his reservations, Bannon cautioned against bringing Nikki Haley into the administration in any capacity, stating, “If Nikki Haley is in this administration, in any capacity, it will fail.”
He characterized Haley as a “viper” who would attempt to exert significant influence, drawing parallels to Dick Cheney’s role during George W. Bush’s presidency.
Haley’s rise in polls triggers speculation over potential for VP candidacy
Recent polls indicating a surge in Nikki Haley’s popularity have fueled speculation about her potential candidacy as vice president.
While Trump continues to lead GOP primary polls with 63.1 percent, Haley holds second place with 10.8 percent, outpacing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at 10.6 percent.
GOP divided on Haley as running mate; McCarthy’s support raises questions
The growing attention to Haley has led to debates within Republican circles regarding her suitability as a running mate.
Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy has suggested advising the former president to consider Haley as his running mate, citing her popularity in polls.
McCarthy’s endorsement sparks GOP VP debates
This endorsement adds complexity to the internal GOP discussions about potential vice-presidential candidates.
Looking ahead to the 2024 primary season, Bannon highlighted what he perceives as new ideological divisions.
GOP divided on populist nationalism vs. elite globalism
He framed the political landscape as a battle between “populist nationalism versus elite globalism,” categorizing those not aligned with the populist camp as “elite globalists,” including figures like Mitt Romney and Kevin McCarthy, whom he labels “neoliberal Nikki.”
As Bannon outlines the potential challenges and ideological rifts, the internal dynamics of the GOP in the lead-up to the 2024 election are shaping up to be complex and divisive.