“The headline of an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Monday says it all: Trump-Haley 2020.
The time has come to for President Donald Trump to replace Vice President Mike Pence on the 2020 ticket with former American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, concludes Andrew Stein, a former president of the New York City Council and a Democratic supporter of the President. Here’s Stein’s key point:
‘It’s too late for Mr. Trump to revamp his political personality. But with the 2016 election in the past, Nikki Haley on the ticket could tamp down the antipathy for Mr. Trump that seems to afflict so many moderate and Republican-leaning women.’”
On November 7, 2018, Trump confirmed that Mike Pence would be his vice presidential running mate in 2020. But Trump is notoriously fickle and he may change his mind a dozen times before he begins to campaign in earnest after Labor Day.
The stable genius takes a perverse delight in breaking political conventions and his base wouldn’t be particularly upset if he dumped the obsequious Pence for the more independent Haley.
Trump selected the pious evangelical zealot, Mike Pence, to be his running mate to sure up his evangelical support. By appointed two conservative judges to the Supreme Court and nearly 200 conservative judges to federal appeals courts, it’s a safe bet that white evangelicals will vote for Trump come hell or high water. Trump can replace Pence with any conservative Republican without losing any votes.
This weekend on an interview on Meet the Press Chuck Todd asked Trump whether Mike Pence is 100% on your ticket in 2020, and Trump responded:
“Well, look, look — 100%, yes. He’s been a terrific vice president. He’s my friend.”
Trump may very well have been telling the truth, but if a miracle happens and Pence grows some balls any criticizes his boss for any of his myriad indiscretions or insane policy proposals he may very well be replaced by Haley or someone else.
The pertinent question is whether replacing Pence with Haley would guarantee Trump victory in 2020. It’s incredibly sexist to assert that replacing Pence with a female candidate, however qualified she may be, would motivate women to vote for Trump. Trump has already proven that he’s sexist beyond redemption and suburban female voters aren’t going to vote for Trump just because there’s a woman on the ticket.
In fact after four years of chaos, confusion and buffoonery nobody in his or her right mind will vote for Trump in 2020, regardless whom he chooses as his running mate.