- Matt Gaetz thinks Trump should choose Sarah Huckabee Sanders or Kristi Noem for his 2024 running mate.
- Gaetz said Trump should run with a woman to get votes from women who don’t like him.
- Gaetz speculated that Trump only won in 2016 because women who disliked him still voted for him.
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz says he told former President Donald Trump to pick a woman as his running mate if he wants to win in 2024.
“What I said to President Trump is that you have to create an authorization structure where the women who don’t like you vote for you again,” Gaetz said on the conservative “Timcast IRL” podcast on Friday. .
Gaetz added that he believes “the reason Trump won in 2016” is because “a lot of women who didn’t like him voted for him” instead of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Gaetz named Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a former White House press secretary, as his pick for Trump’s 2024 running mate. The Florida congresswoman praised Sanders for her “candor” and her decision to ban TikTok on state government devices.
“He’s the kind of person I look up to,” Gaetz said.
Sanders, for his part, avoided directly endorsing Trump in a Jan. 15 Fox News interview.
“I love the president, I have a great relationship with him. I know our country would be infinitely better off if he was in power right now instead of Joe Biden, but right now I’m not focusing on 2024,” Sanders said on “Fox News.” Sunday.”
Gaetz also named South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem as a possible Trump running mate, calling her a “pretty stellar” alternative to Sanders.
The Florida congressman did not say whether Trump had responded positively to his suggestions. Representatives for Trump, Gaetz, Sanders and Noem did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.
Trump announced on November 15 that he was running for president again in 2024. This is his third presidential race: he won his first race against Clinton in 2016 and lost to President Joe Biden in 2020.
In October, New York Times Magazine reporter Robert Draper told The Daily Beast that Trump had “repeatedly” discussed choosing Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene as his running mate. Draper said it was because Greene had been “unswervingly loyal” to the former president through a litany of scandals and lawsuits.
In January, The Daily Beast also reported, citing two sources who spoke to Trump and an unnamed GOP strategist, that Trump was considering primarily female running mates for his 2024 campaign. GOP Representatives Elise Stefanik and Greene, as well as former Democratic congresswoman and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, have been put forward as candidates, according to the Daily Beast.