Internet Explodes With Trump VP Prediction After Trump Makes Cryptic Move


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Former President Donald Trump has kept supporters and critics alike guessing over his presidential running-mate selection for months, though speculation is currently swirling around one candidate after Trump made a cryptic move on Truth Social.

Social media sleuths noticed that Trump recently followed Dr. Ben Carson on the social media site. Carson — a longtime Trump ally and former presidential candidate — has long been rumored to be on the alleged shortlist of candidates who have been vetted by the Trump campaign.

Other names on the alleged shortlist include Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, Senator JD Vance (R-OH), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds and U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY).

While every name on the list was in Atlanta for last week’s presidential debate after Trump stated that the nominee had been selected and would be in attendance, Dr. Ben Carson is the only candidate whom Trump is following on Truth Social.

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In addition to the social media detail, internet sleuths previously noticed that the webpage for “TrumpBurgum.com” links to the official Trump campaign account. This is only true for Burgum, as similar links for other candidates turn up empty or link to unrelated pages.

Burgum — who immediately endorsed Trump after dropping his own presidential bid earlier this year — has attended a number of fundraisers for the presidential frontrunner. He has also campaigned for Trump in a number of swing states.

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon listed Burgum, Vance and Stefanik among “top-tier folks running hard” to be selected.

“Unlike 2016, [there is a] deep bench of talent,” Bannon said. “Looks like a Cabinet being formed. There will be lots of consolation prizes for these killers.”

According to a report from the New York Post, Trump is not considering an identity politics approach when selecting a potential running mate. “Tim Scott is in contention, but probably the least likely of the four. There hasn’t been any data or evidence pointing to either Tim Scott or Marco Rubio adding to Trump’s margins with minorities,” said one source close to the Trump campaign.

“Trump is looking for three things,” one Trump Campaign insider recently told the outlet. “He’s looking for who can raise money, he’s looking for who is an effective surrogate on TV with adversarial media, and he’s looking at who will do the best job debating Kamala Harris.”

“As President Trump has said himself, the top criteria in selecting a vice president is a strong leader who will make a great president for eight years after his next four-year term concludes,” senior Trump campaign adviser Brian Hughes said in a statement. “But anyone telling you they know who or when President Trump will choose his VP is lying unless that person is named Donald J. Trump.”

It is believed that Trump will be announcing his nominee for vice president in Milwaukee on July 18, just before he is set to be nominated at the Republican National Convention.

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