WASHINGTON — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican, aspires to be Donald Trump’s running mate in 2024, according to two people who spoke with the second-term congresswoman about her ambitions.
“This is not a shrinking violet, it is ambitious, it is not shy about it, nor should it be,” said Steve Bannon, the former senior Trump adviser who hosts the War Room podcast, where Greene has been a guest.
“She sees herself on the short list for Trump’s vice president. To paraphrase Cokie Roberts, when MTG looks in the mirror, she sees a would-be president who smiles back at her,” she added, referring to Roberts, the late political reporter who worked for NPR, ABC News and others. points of sale
A second source who has advised Greene said “her whole vision is to be vice president.” The source, who has ties to Trump but spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private conversations, said he also believes Greene would be on Trump’s short list.
That goal is at the heart of Greene’s recent efforts to rebrand herself as a politician who can straddle the divide between the party’s hardliners and its established wing, sources told NBC News.
It also helps explain why he dedicated himself to helping elect Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Speaker of the House after the midterm elections and took assignments on two committees: Homeland Security and Oversight and Accountability, where he can participate in high positions. Profile investigations of President Joe Biden’s administration. His push for McCarthy alienated some of his allies in the House Freedom Caucus and like-minded conservative activists, but that was a calculated risk, according to Bannon.
“She is both strategic and disciplined – she made a power move, knowing it would run up against her most fiery crew hard,” he said. “She was prepared to take intense short-term heat/hate for the long-term goal of being a player.”
Neither Greene nor her spokesperson returned calls and text messages seeking comment for this article. Trump has given no public indication that he is seriously considering a vice presidential pick at this early point in the process, and aides did not respond to questions from NBC News about Greene’s chances of ending up on Trump’s ticket.
Trump and his two-time running mate, former Vice President Mike Pence, had a spat over Pence’s pass while trying to reverse their 2020 loss, and Trump’s refusal to immediately cancel supporters who ransacked the Capitol, sought out Pence. and they sang for him. to be hanged on January 6, 2021.
Trump, the only announced candidate for president in 2024 in either party, has struggled to get his campaign off the ground since its launch in November. He plans to travel Saturday to New Hampshire and South Carolina, two early-primary states, and remains the favorite to win the Republican nomination in national polls.
Over the course of two campaigns for Congress and a little over two years in the House, Greene has become one of the House’s most prodigious money-raisers, one of its highest-profile figures, and a pariah to many. from his colleagues.
In the 2022 midterm election cycle, Greene raised just under $12.5 million, a total that put her in the top 10 of all House candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ Open Secrets count.
His penchant for bombastic rhetoric is at the root of both his superior fundraising skills and his alienation from his fellow legislators. Trump voters have reveled in his ability to shake up the Washington establishment and progressives. But his tolerance for violent rhetoric about Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and his espousal of conspiracy theories, involving alleged Jewish space lasers setting off a California forest fire and that Muslim congresswomen do not legitimately swear, were too extreme. for some legislators in both. parties.
In February 2021, the then-Democratic controlled House voted to remove Greene from legislative committees as punishment for “conduct he has exhibited” that lawmakers deemed damaging to Congress’s reputation. Eleven moderate Republicans joined all Democrats in voting to strip her of seats on the Committee on the Budget and the Committee on Education and Labor.
McCarthy supported Greene at the time, facilitating the development of a political alliance. With Republicans seizing control of Congress this month, the McCarthy-led GOP Steering Committee has placed Greene on two panels that will give him a platform to attack Biden, who is expected to seek re-election.
They can also give you a chance to mend relationships frayed by your support of McCarthy.