Trump lauds Elise Stefanik as ‘A killer’ following her interrogation of college presidents

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By Carina

Donald Trump, the GOP candidate, is reportedly contemplating choosing Representative Elise Stefanik of New York as his vice-presidential candidate for the 2024 election. 

Known for her assertive political style, Stefanik was recently referred to by Trump as “a killer.” 

Stefanik’s antisemitism stance discussed at Mar-a-Lago dinner

This consideration emerged following a dinner at Mar-a-Lago, where her sharp questioning of college presidents regarding campus antisemitism was a topic of discussion.

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Stefanik’s name came up during this dinner after her interrogation of university presidents went viral, showcasing her formidable approach. 

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Trump considers Stefanik’s tenacity for VP role

Trump, responding positively to the idea of her as a running mate, acknowledged her tenacity. 

In an interview with Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade on January 10, Stefanik addressed the VP speculation but avoided details about her discussions with Trump. 

She expressed pride in being the first Congress member to endorse Trump for re-election and stated, “I would be honored to serve in a Trump administration in any capacity.”

Stefanik’s antisemitism interrogation and Trump’s criteria

December saw Stefanik making headlines with her questioning of the presidents from Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

She probed whether calls for “the genocide of Jews” breached university policies on bullying and harassment. 

Harvard’s then-president Claudine Gay responded that such speech could be actionable, depending on the context. 

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Universities tackle antisemitism; Trump values loyalty in VP choice

“Antisemitic speech when it crosses into conduct that amounts to bullying, harassment, intimidation — that is actionable conduct, and we do take action,” Gay said. 

UPenn’s president, Liz Magill, also faced backlash and stepped down following her congressional testimony. 

Trump’s interest in Stefanik, as reported by NBC News, is attributed to his preference for loyalty, especially in the wake of what he perceives as Mike Pence’s betrayal.

Campaign trail and Stefanik’s commitment to Trump

Stefanik, embracing her close alignment with Trump, announced that she would join him on the campaign trail in New Hampshire. 

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She took to social media to express her support, writing, “America will elect President Trump the next President to save America.” 

This statement reflects her staunch commitment to Trump’s political agenda and underscores her potential as a running mate in his bid for re-election.

Trump-Stefanik: A formidable GOP alliance for 2024

The potential pairing of Trump and Stefanik in the 2024 presidential race signifies a strategic partnership within the GOP, highlighting Stefanik’s rising influence and Trump’s emphasis on loyalty. 

As the election draws nearer, this development could significantly shape the Republican campaign and its appeal to the party’s base.

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