Former President Donald Trump has named a potential successor — and it’s not who supporters were expecting.
It’s not his eldest children, Ivanka, Don Jr., or Eric.
And it’s not Flordia Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-F.L., who has taken up much of the mantle of MAGA in his fights with the Biden administration.
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Trump says Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., could be his true successor. The 37-year-old recently held a fundraiser for Stefanik in Florida and raised a staggering $3.8 million for her re-election campaigns.
In fact, Trump was so full of praise that he said he wants Stefanik to run for president… but not in 2024.
“I want to congratulate Elise on her success,” he said. “Man is she moving fast. That means at this rate she’ll be President in about 6 years.”
“She’s always been a friend and people would say she’s upwardly mobile,” Trump continued. “She goes to Washington as a young beautiful woman who took over and all of a sudden she becomes a rocket ship, she’s the boss.”
“She’s been a great boss,” he said. “A strong boss.”
Stefanik is well-positioned to make the leap to national politics as the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, making her one of the most influential Republican Party leaders in Washington, D.C. But Trump isn’t quite ready to move over as Republican Party head quite yet.
Since leaving office nearly one year ago, Trump has consistently hinted that he plans to re-run for president when eligible in the 2024 presidential election.
Stefanik, it seems, will have to wait her turn in line.
The Horn editorial team