Steve Bannon has reiterated his desire for a Trump/Kennedy ticket for the 2024 presidential run, suggesting that the mix would produce a “massive landslide” win, at the same time as the likelihood stays virtually nil.
The former White House chief strategist expects a “firestorm of the lawfare will start next spring” for the previous president, Mr. Bannon mentioned throughout a Sunday episode of the podcast “Bannon’s War Room,” referring to the mounting authorized points which Mr. Trump faces in the intervening time.
If Trump can “walk through that fire,” he can get “55 percent or more of the country.”
And then, “if somehow it worked out [that] you could get Kennedy as a running mate – and I don’t know, that is far from even technically can happen because of the structure of the Democratic and Republican parties and ballot access and all that – you could get 60 percent or higher in the country and win a massive landslide.”
Steve Bannon talked about Trump and RFK Jr. being on the identical ticket:
“I think if somehow it worked out that you could get Kennedy as a running mate …you could get 60 percent or higher in the country.” pic.twitter.com/vllluxntit
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) July 31, 2023
Mr. Bannon had earlier advised a Trump/Kennedy ticket in April.
During one of many podcasts, Mr. Bannon mentioned that former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake was his best choice for Mr. Trump’s vice chairman. However, if she weren’t accessible, “Kennedy would be an excellent choice.”
Ms. Lake carries a excessive opinion of RFK Jr. In July, she criticized individuals who referred to as Mr. Kennedy a “MAGA Democrat,” stating that “they just don’t want outsiders in the political machine, they don’t want outsiders coming into the swamp, draining the swamp.”
“They just want just the pre-approved, controllably, easily blackmailed, and easily bribed people like Biden and the whole swamp system down there.”
In addition to Mr. Bannon, many different conservatives are open to the thought of a Trump/Kennedy problem for the 2024 election.
In an April 29 social media publish, former nationwide safety advisor Michael Flynn mentioned that he was “really starting to like this presidential candidate’s attitude,” referring to Kennedy.
Conservative discuss present host Steve Deace mentioned in an April 6 publish to social media that “as long as he doesn’t go trans, a man with high character and courage like RFK Jr. will be tempting.”
GOP operative Roger Stone has additionally prolonged assist for a Trump/Kennedy problem.
Despite the assist, Mr. Kennedy has dismissed the opportunity of teaming up with Mr. Trump.
“Just to quell any speculation, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES will I join Donald Trump on an electoral ticket. Our positions on certain fundamental issues, our approaches to governance, and our philosophies of leadership could not be further apart,” Mr. Kennedy mentioned in a May 10 publish on social media.
Trump/Kennedy Similarities, DeSantis’s View
Both Mr. Trump and Mr. Kennedy share quite a few similarities. For one, they’ve each been focused by the mainstream media.
In an interview with Fox in late July, Mr. Kennedy mentioned that he has been “really slammed in a way that I think is unprecedented, even more than President Trump was slammed by the mainstream, by the corporate media.”
In May, The Washington Post ran an opinion piece with the headline: “His name is Kennedy. His campaign is pure Trump.”
“Like Trump, Kennedy is given to skillful demagoguery, casually misleading with the conviction of a truth-teller … What makes Kennedy most like Trump, though, is the overlay of conspiracy and contempt that tinges nearly everything he says, the destructive distrust in the electorate he seeks to channel,” the article mentioned about Mr. Kennedy.
Mr. Trump has lengthy been a sufferer of censorship, with essentially the most well-known instance being (previously) Twitter censoring his social media posts and canceling his account. Mr. Kennedy has been met with related censorship makes an attempt.
Prior to a July 20 listening to of the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, Democrats circulated a letter to House Judiciary Committee chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), asking that Mr. Kennedy be de-platformed from a scheduled testimony.
Mr. Jordan and Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) dismissed such censorship makes an attempt. “The hearing that we have this week is about censorship,” Mr. McCarthy instructed reporters on the time when requested concerning the letter. “I don’t think censoring somebody is actually the answer here.”
Florida governor Ron DeSantis, a GOP presidential candidate, additionally has a good view of Mr. Kennedy, suggesting that he would think about the Democrat for a well being place in his administration if he wins the 2024 race.
However, Mr. DeSantis dismissed Mr. Kennedy as a alternative for vice chairman, citing the Democrat’s opposition to the U.S. Supreme courtroom’s strike-down of affirmative-action insurance policies at American universities and his pro-climate change actions.
Popularity and Poll Rankings
Mr. Kennedy enjoys a substantial amount of enchantment among the many American public.
“A new Harvard-Harris poll puts my favorability rating at 47 percent—higher than Trump (45 percent), DeSantis (40 percent), Biden (39 percent), and every public figure in the poll,” Mr. Kennedy mentioned in a July 23 publish on social media.
“And do you know what’s even more remarkable? My unfavorability rating was the lowest among all candidates, at only 26 percent. That shows that the relentless media attacks just aren’t working. People don’t believe the media anymore—with good reason.”
In polls, Mr. Biden has a large lead over Mr. Kennedy. An common of a number of ballot outcomes confirmed Mr. Biden having greater than 64 % assist within the Democratic major polls, far forward of Mr. Kennedy’s 15 %.
Mr. Biden additionally has extra monetary backing for the elections. According to knowledge from the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Mr. Biden raised near $20 million within the first half of the 12 months, triple the $6.36 million raised by Mr. Kennedy.
Both Mr. Trump and Mr. Kennedy have expressed excessive regard for one another. In an interview with Newsmax in June, Mr. Trump mentioned he was impressed with how Mr. Kennedy has boosted his recognition in polls.
“I respect him—a lot of people respect him. He’s got some very important points to be made,” the previous president mentioned, referring to Mr. Kennedy.
During a city corridor hosted by News Nations in late June, Mr. Kennedy mentioned he was “proud that President Trump likes me, even though I don’t agree with him on most of his issues.”