‘If I Wanted, I’d Have A Democrat’: Trump Says Of VP Pick

As he continues to narrow down his options for vice president, former President Donald Trump tore into speculations that no one wants to work in his administration, including as his vice president. Slamming the claims as untrue, Trump said he can choose a Democrat as his running mate if he wanted to as they would like the position.

The GOP presidential candidate said this during a Wednesday discussion with Newsmax’s Greg Kelly in which he said that “really great people” have expressed a wish to become vice president under him.

“Who wouldn’t? If you’re a politician, who wouldn’t want it? But you know, I get a kick out of watching the fake news media say, ‘Nobody wants to work with him. Nobody wants to be vice president. Nobody wants to be secretary of state.’ Everybody wants to be in these positions,” he said.

“There’s not a person in politics that doesn’t want it, and that includes Democrats. If I wanted, I’d have a Democrat, I’d have a liberal, I’d have anybody I want,” he added.

According to him, he has been looking at “a couple of people that you may know very well” and had to rule out a few who he “didn’t think behaved properly.”

Speculations have been flying as to who the GOP presidential nominee will pick to run alongside him as vice president. Names like South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, former GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) have been floated as top contenders on the list.

During a Fox News town hall event last month, Trump revealed that he is looking into Noem, DeSantis, Ramaswamy, Scott, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) and former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (R-HI) for the position.

Asked by host Laura Ingraham if those names are on his vice presidential shortlist, he responded, “They are. Honestly all of those people are good. They’re all good, they’re all solid.”

Of the options above, DeSantis would be the most surprising, as he and Trump tackled each other on the campaign trail until DeSantis dropped out of the presidential race in January and endorsed Trump.

The hatchet, however, appeared to have been buried with DeSantis’ endorsement of Trump, with Trump also ceasing his attacks on the Florida governor and dropping the “DeSanctimonious” nickname he gave him.