Following his stunning victory in the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump reportedly declared that New York representative Elise Stefanik is “a killer” amid a flurry of rumors about who would be his running mate for president in 2024.
Elise Stefanik, a 39-year-old former moderate with a Harvard degree who has ascended to the leadership of the House while ardently backing Trump, had just questioned Ivy League college presidents about alleged antisemitism on campus; the hearing preceded the departures of two of those presidents.
According to a source who spoke to CBS News on Friday night, Elise Stefanik will join former President Donald Trump for a campaign rally in Concord, New Hampshire. Stefanik tweeted about her plans shortly after that. The campaign then states that she will give a speech at the Trump offices in Manchester on Saturday.
Stefanik, the House GOP chairwoman, supports Trump for the first time in his attempt to win the New Hampshire primary. Her arrival coincides with speculation that she may be one of Trump’s possible running mates.
In an interview on January 10, Stefanik addressed the vice president’s conjectures.
Refusing to discuss the talks she had with President Trump, she declared. She continued by saying that they had spoken often and that, over the past year, she had been proud to be the first member of Congress to support President Trump for reelection and that, in any role, she would be honored to serve in a Trump administration.
Elise Stefanik is a devoted follower of the outgoing president. After Trump’s historic success in Monday’s Iowa caucuses, Stefanik pleaded with the other Republican candidates to drop out of the race.
She was one of the first members of Congress to support Donald Trump in his presidential campaign, and many consider her a strong contender for vice president.
She is also a political lightning point for Democrats; earlier this week, Dan Goldman, a rookie congressman from New York, filed papers to reprimand Stefanik for comments she made in which she referred to the individuals detained in connection with the Capitol riots on January 6 as “hostages.”
According to many sources, Elise Stefanik, a moderate Republican, has been given considerable consideration for the position by Trump’s campaign staff during the past month. Steve Bannon, the former campaign manager for Donald Trump, confirmed that Stefanik was one of the leading candidates for vice president.
Stefanik made a significant contribution during a congressional hearing when she questioned university presidents over the increase in anti-Semitic events on campuses in the wake of the October 7 Hamas massacre.
Notably, Stefanik questioned Harvard’s departing President Claudine Gay on whether or not endorsing the extermination of Jews went against the university’s anti-harassment and intimidation policies.
Although Ms. Stefanik has not yet announced her intention to be Mr. Trump’s running mate, their growing connection begs the issue of whether her allegiance to the former president could soon be rewarded with a possible White House position.
As one of the newest members of the House, Ms. Stefanik is viewed as a rising star in Mr. Trump’s orbit and within the GOP as a whole, even as other Republicans are hesitant to support him.
Elise Stefanik Called On DeSantis
Stefanik recently urged Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to support Trump and withdraw from the presidential contest.
In a statement, she said that she was urging all other candidates, who had no chance of winning, to withdraw so that they could unite and support President Trump right away and devote all their energies to defeating Joe Biden to save America.