Senator JD Vance (R-Ohio) defended the possibility of former President Trump seeking reelection in 2024, arguing that it would be “preposterous” to think Trump would abuse power if he returned to the White House.
An Endorsement of Trump
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Vance expressed his endorsement of Trump, stating, “The idea that Trump is going to be radically different than what he was four years ago is preposterous. He was an effective, successful president. I think he will be an effective, successful president again. That’s why I have endorsed him.”
Vance asserted that Trump’s previous presidency had brought “peace” and “prosperity” to the nation. He also criticized current economic conditions under President Biden, saying, “Joe Biden has been president for three years now. The average Ohio family pays $10,000 more to afford the same standard of living.”
Concerns About Trump’s Second Term
CNN anchor Jake Tapper highlighted that “a lot of conservatives” have deep concerns about a potential second term for Trump and its implications for democracy. He played a clip of former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) expressing concerns about Trump’s intentions in a previous interview.
In response to concerns about Trump’s intentions, Vance, a staunch Trump ally, suggested that the focus on past events indicated that “Democrats don’t have much to run on,” while Republicans do.
A Debate Over Trump’s Rhetoric
Tapper challenged Vance’s argument, pointing out that Trump himself often discusses the past, particularly his claims of the 2020 election being stolen.
Cheney, a vocal critic of Trump, has repeatedly warned of the risks to democracy that a second Trump term could pose. She details these concerns in her new memoir titled “Oath and Honor: A Memoir and a Warning.”
Vance’s Focus on the Future
Vance emphasized that Trump’s campaign is centered on delivering “peace and prosperity for the American people” and that the upcoming election should be decided on future prospects.
Tapper raised concerns about whether Trump would surround himself with individuals who wouldn’t challenge him.
Vance’s Response to Vice President Question
Vance avoided directly answering whether he would be interested in running as Trump’s vice president, given reports of his potential inclusion on Trump’s shortlist. Instead, he expressed his willingness to support the former president in any way possible.