Top Trump VP Candidate Abruptly Removed From Consideration

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It was the political shot heard ’round the world, and it destroyed a once-shortlisted candidate’s chances of running on the former president Donald Trump’s ticket.

Following the news that North Dakota Governor Kristi Noem included a story about killing a puppy in her new memoir, “No Going Back: The Truth on What’s Wrong with Politics and How We Move America Forward,” close sources to the former president who spoke with the New York Post expressed shock and disappointment. Her destiny has been sealed by the inclusion, at least for the 2024 elections. According to a person close to Trump, “she had a shot, but she was already unlikely to be picked as VP.” “After this, it’s simply not feasible.”

Gov. Noem draws heavily on the idea of difficult decisions made while growing up in rural America in her book. The Republican decided to shoot Cricket, a 14-month-old wirehaired pointer, in a gravel pit after the dog killed one of her neighbor’s hens. Noem claimed that the puppy was “untrainable” as a hunting dog due to his “aggressive personality.”

One of Trump’s allies likened the controversy to that which beset Mitt Romney in 2012, when the politician was made fun of for recounting how, on family vacations, he would place the family dog in a crate on the top of his vehicle.

“Trump isn’t a dog person necessarily,” this person said, “but I think he understands that you can’t choose a puppy killer as your pick, for blatantly obvious reasons.” Trump personally “likes Kristi a lot,” but was “disappointed when hearing the ‘dog’ story,” added another source. “It certainly has not enhanced her chances, but no decision has been made concerning any of the VP candidates,” they added.

Noem tells the tale of a “nasty and mean” male goat who “loved to chase” her kids around in other places in her book. Eventually, she shot him after “dragging him to the gravel pit” and buried him next to Cricket.

The governor tried to show in both retellings that she was not scared to make the difficult decisions necessary to keep America safe, but Cricket’s story has gained momentum since Friday, which is a monument to Americans’ love of dogs and indignation at any human behavior that seems to indicate abuse or neglect.

In less than two days, Noem redoubled her efforts on her book in response to criticism. “I can see why some people find it offensive that my upcoming book, No Going Back, has a 20-year-old account about Cricket, one of our ranch’s working dogs. Noem said on X Sunday, “The book is full of many honest stories of my life, good and bad days, challenges, painful decisions, and lessons learned.”

“The fact is, South Dakota law states that dogs who attack and kill livestock can be put down. Given that Cricket had shown aggressive behavior toward people by biting them, I decided what I did,” she added.

Trump has not yet selected a vice president, but Noem has previously stated that, given the opportunity, she would have accepted the position “in a heartbeat.” Tucker Carlson, a former first lady Melania Trump recommended, is reportedly another person under consideration.

Additionally being considered are Arizona Senate candidate Kari Lake, Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and U.S. Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH). Congressman Byron Donalds (R-FL), who accompanied Trump on the campaign trail, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who has utilized her position to back pro-Trump legislation and fellow lawmakers, are two more members who have made the shortlist.

Asked last month about the possibility of a Trump-Carlson ticket, President Trump responded, “I like Tucker a lot. … He’s got great common sense.”



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