Ann Coulter: Pick the Hillbilly, Trump

It seems that Mr. Trump is seriously trying to become the Republican presidential candidate, but who should be his vice president?

If he’s headed for a heartbreaking loss like in 1964, he should definitely choose Nikki Haley or Kali Lake. Four more years of Joe Biden will be a disaster for the country, but at least he can accomplish something by wiping out these epidemics. (If it’s Nicki, the media will finally take notice; if it’s Cali, the voters will take notice.)

Speaking of which, let’s add the cast of The View to that list.

On the other hand, if Mr. Trump has the least chance of winning, he should choose Sen. J.D. Vance of Ohio. As running mates should, these two complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Vance is smart, Trump is not. Vance is not exciting, but Trump is too exciting. Trump is from Florida, but Vance is not.

There is no possibility that he will overshadow Mr. Trump. He is one of only 200 people in the country who cares about Vance being smart. Everyone else seems to want Trump’s Razamataz. Rodney Dangerfield remains the former president, and Mr. Vance becomes the accountant.

Vance’s only flaw is his slavish loyalty to Trump, but I feel Trump is generous enough to overlook this flaw.

Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) shakes hands with former President Donald Trump during an event at the East Palestine Fire Station on February 22, 2023 in East Palestine, Ohio. (Rebecca Droke/AFP via Getty Images)

Plus, Republicans could get a real boost this year with Sen. Sherrod Brown, a popular Democrat in red-state Ohio, running for reelection. Adding Vance to the running could be enough to flip the seat. Let’s hope Trump isn’t the kind of guy who only cares about himself.

Because he owes us one. In the last few elections, he’s flipped Republican senate seats in Alabama (Luther Strange), New Hampshire (Don Bolduc), and Georgia (David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, Herschel Walker). I’m also counting Arizona’s Blake Masters. That stupid (and well-known!) phone Trump told him that a few days before the election.

Another possible running mate for President Trump that isn’t completely insane is the brand new anti-immigrant Sen. Marco Rubio. But Vance has a huge advantage here, since the Constitution does not prohibit him from being President Trump’s vice president, at least as long as he doesn’t sacrifice all 30 of Florida’s electors.

The Washington Post’s lengthy article was very helpful, but exegesis This week, why the Post thinks Rubio would be a terrible, terrible vice president (on “Meet the Press” Rubio refuses to pre-certify the 2024 election as fair) (I don’t agree with the Post’s view that it’s fair.) Using all of humanity’s powers to deport illegal aliens could give newspapers a new lease of life. Rubio cannot be President Trump’s vice president.

of 12th Amendment (or the 11th Amendment, if you are a Democrat and do not believe in the existence of the Second Amendment) states:

“The electors shall assemble in their respective states and vote for president and vice president, at least one of whom shall not be a resident of the same state as themselves.”[.]”

This provision is not accidental, obsolete, or easily circumvented by a quick move to another state (as persistent news outlets claim). If Trump were to take the oath again, he could not swear to preserve, protect and defend “substantial portions of the Constitution.”

The Twelfth Amendment made other changes to the Electoral College, but it prohibited the president and vice president from being from the same state. original Constitution. It wasn’t a random idea.

The framers were concerned that any one nation would have too much power. This is why, for example, a district of the federal government cannot become a state. As James Madison explained in Federalist No. 10, “The influence of sectarian leaders may light a fire within a particular state, but it will not be able to spread a conflagration throughout other states.” ”

(See California for a specific example of an unusual epidemic that swept through an entire state.)

And, no, Mr. Rubio cannot move to another state before the election to avoid 12th Amendment issues. Dick Cheney has been cited as an example of a hasty pre-election residence change, as he moved from Texas to Wyoming days before becoming George W. Bush’s running mate in 2000.

But it wasn’t an obvious scam.

Federal court decides where Mr. Cheney lives. found:

“There is no dispute that he was born, raised, educated, and married in Wyoming, and served six terms representing the state in the U.S. House of Representatives.” and became CEO of Halliburton.

(Talk about little-known Dick Cheney trivia! Who knew he used to work? Halliburton?What surprised me was that Democratic Party I never have Mentioned that. )

During his short five-year stint as Halliburton’s CEO, Mr. Cheney received his mail in Wyoming and kept his registered vehicles there. When Mr. Bush chose Mr. Cheney, Mr. Cheney quit Halliburton, sold his home in Texas and returned to Wyoming. Then, just to be safe, he shot his friend in Texas in the face.

Aside from his Senate stint in Washington (which doesn’t count toward residency), Rubio has no conceivable ties to any part of the country other than Florida.

Of course, if Fox News is telling the truth about President Trump on his way to victory, then perhaps turn over won by an astonishingly large percentage in New York. black and hispanic Yes, voting could cost Florida 30 electors.

But if Fox is just whispering sweet nothings into the ears of the right, there’s no way Trump will lose the No. 3 state before voting begins.

Certainly, Fox can be trusted to tell its viewers the truth.

— Reason magazine, April 18, 2023: “In $788 million defamation settlement, Fox News admits it spread defamation.” error Allegations of Election Fraud.”

— Associated Press, April 19, 2023: “Fox settlement part of spate of lawsuits over election” lie

— VOX, April 18, 2023: “Fox paid $787 million for 2020 election lie

Back to the original question: Can Trump win? My calculation is that if the election is about Trump, he will lose. If the election were about the media and prosecutors, he would win. One advantage we had this year was that liberals’ hatred of Trump drove them away from cotton-picking hearts.