Former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon warned that a “big fight” is coming to former President Donald Trump’s election campaign.
Bannon raised the alarm about the choice of Trump’s running mate in the 2024 race to the White House, saying on the “Human Events with Jack Posobiec” podcast Monday that by the spring, there would be an open push to get Nikki Haley lined up as Trump’s vice presidential pick.
“We’re gonna have a big fight that will take place in the spring,” he declared.
BANNON: “We’re going to have a big fight that will take place in the Spring, they’re going to try to force Nikki Haley on the ticket, to say Trump needs a woman”
— Jack Poso (@JackPosobiec) January 1, 2024
“They’re gonna try to force Nikki on the ticket. They’ll say Trump needs a woman, Nikki on the ticket, she balances things and she can bring together that 15% of Never Trumpers in the Republican Party,” Bannon predicted.
“We’re going to have to have that fight. If Nikki Haley is in this administration in any capacity, it will fail,” Bannon added, calling the former UN Ambassador a “viper.”
“She’s a viper and once she gets in there, she’ll try to run it as prime minister. She’ll try to be Dick Cheney. Her to Trump will be just like Dick Cheney to Bush. That’s what she’ll try to do,” he added.
Though last summer, Haley insisted she wasn’t positioning herself to be Trump’s VP pick because she “doesn’t play for second,” there has been more talk about it as the mainstream media continues to sing her praises.
Many Trump allies, however, have expressed their open opposition to Haley as Trump’s running mate.
The former president’s own son has come out saying he would “go to great lengths to make sure” that the former South Carolina governor does not end up as his father’s vice president.
“I wouldn’t have her and I would go to great lengths to make sure that that doesn’t happen,” Donald Trump Jr. told Newsmax’s Eric Bolling. “Nikki Haley wants never-ending wars. She’s a puppet of the establishment in Washington, D.C. She’s the new favorite candidate of the billionaire class because they want control—no different than academia and Harvard and using their billions to exercise influence.”
Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson vowed last month that he would “advocate against it as strongly as I could.” when asked about a Trump-Haley ticket.
“That’s just poison,” Carlson declared. “Here’s somebody who’s actively opposed to the interests of the country I grew up in, who endorsed the [Black Lives Matter] riots, and who is not left but is neoliberal in the darkest, most nihilistic way, and has no real popular support and is a creature of the oligarchs.”
. @Timcast: “Would you vote for Trump if he chose Nikki as VP?”@TuckerCarlson: “I would not only not vote for that ticket, I would advocate against it as strongly as could. Here’s someone who’s actively opposed to the interests of the country I grew up in … [and] is a… pic.twitter.com/KfPdj2PcLy
— The Vigilant Fox (@VigilantFox) December 19, 2023
As for Trump, he has not indicated that he favors Haley – whom he has referred to as “birdbrain” on social media – or any of the other candidates to be his running mate. The 2024 GOP frontrunner has repeatedly dismissed questions about his VP choice, saying he is focused on winning.