Meet the Extreme 2024 Republicans Speaking at the Iowa State Fair Today
August 12, 2023
Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, and Vivek Ramaswamy are visiting the Iowa State Fair today, and they are just four of the candidates among the most extreme slate of Republican presidential candidates in history. Here’s what you need to know about their extreme MAGA agendas:
Donald Trump had a disastrous four years in office and is now hellbent on bringing back his extreme MAGA agenda.
Fortune: “Trump to leave office with the worst jobs record since Herbert Hoover”
Bloomberg: “The Offshoring of U.S. Jobs Increased on Trump’s Watch”
Forbes: “Trump Tax Cuts Helped Billionaires Pay Less Taxes Than The Working Class In 2018”
Trump: “After 50 years of failure, with nobody coming even close, I was able to kill Roe v. Wade, much to the ‘shock’ of everyone … Without me there would be no 6 weeks, 10 weeks, 15 weeks, or whatever is finally agreed to. Without me the pro Life movement would have just kept losing. Thank you President TRUMP!!!”
Washington Post Analysis: “One of President Donald Trump’s lesser-known but profoundly damaging legacies will be the explosive rise in the national debt that occurred on his watch. The financial burden that he’s inflicted on our government will wreak havoc for decades, saddling our kids and grandkids with debt. The national debt has risen by almost $7.8 trillion during Trump’s time in office.”
Washington Post: “His avowed stance, however, is at odds with Trump’s own record as president: Each of his White House budget proposals included cuts to Social Security and Medicare programs.”
Axios: “Trump suggests entitlement cuts could come in his second term”
Daily Beast: “Fox News Edits Out Trump Saying He Might’ve Let Russia ‘Take Over’ Parts of Ukraine”
Ron DeSantis is a failed governor pushing the MAGA agenda to new extremes.
CNN: “Florida is now America’s inflation hotspot”
HuffPost: “While Ron DeSantis Is Fighting Culture Wars, Millions Of Floridians Are Losing Their Health Care”
Tucker Carlson: “You signed a ban on abortion after six weeks in Florida. Would you do the same as president, nationally?”
DeSantis: “Well, I’m very proud to say Kim Reynolds is here and she signed a great heartbeat bill today. We were able to do that in Florida. We had a lot of opposition to that. I’m proud to have been a pro-life governor and I will be a pro-life president, so of course I want to sign pro-life legislation.”
CNN: “Ron DeSantis once expressed support for privatizing Social Security and Medicare giving his rivals an opening”
New York Post: “His assertion, in a statement to Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson, that it is not in America’s ‘vital national interests’ to become ‘further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia’ was strongly criticized by numerous senior Republicans — including Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Marco Rubio.”
DeSantis: “They’re never using that number one constitutional power they have — the power of the purse — to rein in these administrative agencies. And so you have something like DOJ and FBI — well, if you never hold them accountable through the legislative process, either through law, or through budget, of course power is going to accumulate there.”
The Hill: “DeSantis says he’ll consider pardoning Jan. 6 defendants, including Trump”
Nikki Haley is another MAGA extremist who will say anything if it benefits her politically.
Fox News : “Nikki Haley, 2024 Republican candidate, vows to sign federal abortion ban if elected president”
Haley: “The younger generation – we go and we do a new system on how they’re going to get [Social Security and Medicare].”
Newsweek: “Presidential hopeful Nikki Haley failed to give a clear answer on how her policies differ from former President Donald Trump’s while being quizzed by Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday.”
Haley: “I’m really proud of the successes of the Trump administration. Whether it was foreign policy or domestic policy, we should embrace those. Those were the right policies.”
Haley: “What I’d like to see is us go back to what Trump had under the tax cuts under him … I was there.”
Vivek Ramaswamy is desperately trying to out-MAGA the rest of the 2024 GOP field and continues to show how deeply unserious he is.
Ramaswamy: “I remain open minded to any constitutional scholar convincing me of the legal basis for the federal government, which I believe has no authority to codify Roe v. Wade into law, to codify a federal abortion ban into law either. I remain open minded.”
Ramaswamy: “I think we should apply consistent principle on the front end, that’s around the six-week mark.”
Bill Hemmer: “So just to be clear, you’re of the same position that Ron DeSantis is, then, based on the bill he signed last week in Florida, six weeks?”
Ramaswamy: “I think that’s a reasonable bill for him to have signed, absolutely.”
Politico: “Ramaswamy spoke to POLITICO reporters in their offices Monday just one day after he told ABC News that the U.S. could end the fighting by making ‘some major concessions’ to Russia. NatSec Daily pressed him after the meeting on what that would mean.
“‘Putin would end [up] with Crimea and most of the Donbas,’ he told us. Furthermore, NATO should vow that Ukraine won’t join the alliance and the U.S. should restore ‘full economic relations’ with Russia. ‘Those are big concessions,’ he underscored.”
Politico: “Ramaswamy: I ‘don’t believe’ the 9/11 Commission report”