Former Trump Administration official and conservative radio host Sebastian Gorka claimed that former President Trump has already decided on a running mate for the general election.
Gorka described the individual as a man who is a former politician from New York during a Twitter Spaces discussion over the weekend. He added that the individual has been campaigning with Trump, leading many to speculate that he was referring to former U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY).
Sebastian Gorka says in a Twitter Space that a former politician from New York will be Trump's Vice President!
— J.R.Franklin (@JRFranklin15) January 21, 2024
Former Trump advisor Roger Stone took to X to push back on the claims, however. “Pardon me for saying this but Lee Zeldin has not been picked as Trump’s VP,” Stone wrote. “Anyone who says otherwise has no idea what he’s talking about.”
Zeldin, who ran a very competitive race against Governor Kathy Hochul in deep blue New York, has been widely credited with flipping a number of Democrat House seats in 2022. Republicans managed to pick up a number of seats in what was a largely disappointing cycle while Zeldin lost to Hochul by just under 300,000 votes. The gubernatorial race ended up being the most competitive race since 1994.
Zeldin has also frequently joined Trump on the campaign trail, most recently appearing at a New Hampshire rally alongside fellow New Yorker Elise Stefanik, whom has also been named as a potential Trump running mate.
In addition to Zeldin and Stefanik, other names on Trump’s shortlist include Vivek Ramaswamy, Tucker Carlson and former South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem. Trump recently ruled out the idea of selecting Nikki Haley, telling supporters that she “doesn’t have the timber” to be president.
Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon believes Trump will select a woman as his running mate, adding that the America First movement needs to “make sure it ain’t Nikki Haley.”