Trump’s MAGA Veepstakes: The Extreme Litmus Test To Be Trump’s Running Mate

Today, the DNC is launching Trump’s MAGA Veepstakes to hold all of Trump’s VP contenders accountable as they sign onto Trump’s dangerous, out-of-touch MAGA agenda as part of their desperate race to the bottom to be his running mate.

DNC Communications Director Rosemary Boeglin released the following statement: 

“Like any narcissist, Donald Trump will choose a VP in his image: an extreme, anti-choice MAGA election denier who wants to rip away Americans’ freedoms and sell out working families to help their special interest donors. Trump has floated dozens of names, and while he trots them around like sad show ponies on the campaign trail, it doesn’t really matter who’s in his good graces one day and who’s shooting their dog the next. Trump’s VP contenders have all already shown they pass his extreme, MAGA litmus test.”

Trump’s VP Litmus Test:

☑️ Election Denier Backing Trump’s “Big Lie” 
☑️ Anti-Choice Extremist Hellbent on Ripping Away Reproductive Rights 
☑️ Co-Conspirator To “Terminate” the Affordable Care Act and Raise Costs
☑️ Corporate Shill Who Will Sell Out Working Families and Gut Social Security and Medicare

Trump’s VP contenders have lined up behind his extreme election denialism, including parroting his lies about the 2020 election and refusing to commit to accepting this November’s election results.

Washington Post: “Top Republicans, led by Trump, refuse to commit to accept 2024 election results”

“The question has become something of a litmus test, particularly among the long list of possible running mates for Trump. … The GOP’s desire to appease Trump’s fixation on 2020 now appears to loom over his search for a running mate.”

New York Times: “Will You Accept the Election Results? Republicans Dodge the Question.”

“Less than six months out from the presidential contest, leading Republicans, including several of Donald J. Trump’s potential running mates, have refused to commit to accepting the results of the election, signaling that the party may again challenge the outcome if its candidate loses.”

MSNBC: “Potential GOP running mates hedge on accepting election results”

“Trump, obviously, is refusing to commit to honoring the election results — the same posture he adopted four years ago — but so are those hoping to be his running mate.”

Axios: “Republicans are increasingly joining former President Trump on hedging or dodging when asked whether they’ll accept the results of the 2024 elections.”

New York Magazine: “Is 2024 Election Denialism a Trump VP Litmus Test?”

Axios: “Trump and his allies will want a VP pick that is more willing to comply with the former president’s wishes, which former Vice President Pence rejected by certifying the 2020 results.”

CNN: “As Trump continues to focus on his false claims over election integrity, many of his potential deputies expressed their own concerns.”

Trump’s VP shortlist is chock full of anti-abortion extremists who are in lockstep with Trump’s cruel anti-choice agenda to rip away women’s freedoms.

NBC News: “Abortion is a top concern for Trump as he considers his VP pick”

Associated Press: “Trump says he will support national ban on abortions around 15 weeks of pregnancy”

Rolling Stone: “Trump Claims Credit for All Abortion Bans”

Trump: “There of course remains a vital role for the federal government in protecting unborn life. And it’s very important.” 

Rolling Stone: “Trump Says He’s ‘Proud’ to Have ‘Terminated’ Abortion Rights”

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!!!”

Trump: “I was proudly the person responsible for the ending of … Roe v. Wade.”

Trump wants a running mate who will conspire with him to take away health care access from millions of Americans and “terminate” the Affordable Care Act.

Daily Beast: “Trump Revives Plan to Dismantle Obamacare if Elected in 2024”

Associated Press: “Trump says he will renew efforts to replace ‘Obamacare’ if he wins a second term”

Trump: “Obamacare is a disaster. And I said, ‘We’re gonna do something about it.’”

Mediaite: “‘OBAMACARE SUCKS!!!’ Trump Rants About New Plan — Years After He Promised It Was ‘Two Weeks’ Away”

The Hill: “On the campaign trail, Trump has doubled down on his promise to repeal the ACA, a feat he fell one vote short of in 2017.”

Trump is hellbent on ending Social Security and Medicare as we know them – and his VP shortlist is filled with MAGA extremists with yearslong records of threatening seniors’ pocketbooks.

Forbes: “Trump Floats ‘Cutting’ Spending On Entitlements Like Social Security And Medicare”

Vox: “Trump just opened the door to Social Security cuts. Take him seriously.”

Rolling Stone: “Trump Floats Cuts to Social Security and Medicare”

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.”

Vox: “Trump said he wouldn’t cut Medicaid, Social Security, and Medicare. His 2020 budget cuts all 3.”

CNN: “Trump now says he’s open to entitlement cuts, including Medicare”

Trump’s veepstakes contenders support his crusade to once again rig the economy for the ultra-wealthy at the expense of hardworking Americans.

Forbes: “Trump Tax Cuts Helped Billionaires Pay Less Taxes Than The Working Class In 2018”

CBS News: “Two years after Trump tax cuts, middle-class Americans are falling behind”

The Guardian: “They were billed as a ‘middle-class miracle’ but according to a new book Donald Trump’s $1.5tn tax cuts have helped billionaires pay a lower rate than the working class for the first time in history.”

Fortune: “Trump to leave office with the worst jobs record since Herbert Hoover”

Bloomberg: “Trump’s Jobs Record Fell Short of Promises Even Before the Virus”

Bloomberg: “The Offshoring of U.S. Jobs Increased on Trump’s Watch”

Washington Post: “Trump promised ‘America First’ would keep jobs here. But the tax plan might push them overseas.”