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Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson revealed that he and former President Donald Trump had talked about what the two of them could do “to save this country.”
Carson ran for president as a Republican in the 2016 presidential election, but Trump won both the Republican nomination and the general election. While assessing the current state of the United States, which Carson characterized as “in trouble,” he was asked if Trump had approached him about being his vice president.
“I don’t want to talk about what we’ve talked about, but we’ve talked about what can we do to save this country and that we will work together to make sure that America remains America,” Carson said on Fox News.
Carson went on to say that President Joe Biden’s administration is to blame for “compromising” the Justice Department and “using it to injure your opponents politically.” After criticizing Joe Biden for trying to halt his presidential campaign by utilizing federal agencies, Trump hinted that he would do the same to his opponents in 2024 if he won.
“These are things that occur in China and Russia and Cuba,” Carson said. “Those are not things that are supposed to occur in this country. And we should be alarmed, and I think the American people are alarmed.”
Bartiromo jumped in and asked: “Do you see more support from the black community for President Trump?”
“Absolutely. I used to go to places and be the only black face — Not anymore. Not by a long shot. And I think people are starting to recognize if that the Trump Administration was on the side of black America. The things that they enact ad were extremely positive. The opportunities, hbcu support, all of these things were fantastic, and I think he’s going to have a lot of black support this time,” Carson responded.
Every major poll shows that former President Donald Trump all but has the 2024 GOP nomination locked up, barring something unexpected.
Now, a larger question looms: if he wins the nomination, who will Trump select as his running mate?
According to a report from The Messenger, which conducted interviews with twelve prominent Republicans, including some Trump advisors, the list of possible running mates for Trump in 2024 has been pared down to a select few.
There have been rumors that Trump is interested in a female candidate for vice president and running mate, and it may be down to two high profile names — South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem and House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik.
“I think she’s fantastic,” Trump said in an interview in mid-September about her. “She’s been a great governor. She gave me a very full-throated endorsement—a beautiful endorsement, actually. It’s been a very good state for me, and certainly, she would be one of the people I would consider, or for something else, maybe. We have a lot of great people in the Republican Party.”
Stefanik, another ardent supporter of Trump, has become the fourth-most powerful Republican in the chamber in short order after the GOP conference ousted Trump critic and now-former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) last year.
Former First Lady Melania Trump shook things up recently when reports emerged that she believes one-time Fox News star Tucker Carlson should become her husband’s running mate.
“Here’s an interesting twist: Melania Trump is an advocate for picking Tucker Carlson, the booted Fox News star. She thinks Carlson would make a powerful onstage extension of her husband, a source close to Trump told us. The former first lady has made few campaign appearances this time around, but a Trump-Carlson ticket might encourage her to hit the trail,” the outlet reported.
Axios added, “However, many people close to Trump have dismissed the idea of Tucker Carlson because they believe he would never choose someone who could surpass him. And Trump’s staff is convinced (correctly) that Carlson can’t be controlled. But the two men talk a lot.”