Trump apparently wouldn’t trust ‘ultra MAGA’ Elise Stefanik

Donald Trump would have liked to watch New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik defend him, but would not trust the third House Republican who replaced US Representative Liz Cheney as President of the House Republican Conference in 2021.

A profile on the rising Republican The New York Times reports that Ms. Stefanik has earned a reputation for her diligence “to push the party’s message forward” and her “unabashedly transactional” dealings to garner support as she progresses through the lower house of Congress.

But sources close to the former president said Time that all the stories presenting her as a “potential running mate [to Trump] are considered clumsy plants by his own team and inspire bewilderment and mockery.

“Trump liked her, they said, and liked to see her defending him. But even he didn’t trust her,” according to the report.

Time chronicles the rapid evolution of Ms. Stefanik, a staunch supporter of the former president, from a relatively moderate figure to a prominent figure on the far-right flank of the GOP with a self-proclaimed “ultra-MAGA” agenda, embracing the narrative without foundation of Mr. Trump’s election fraud and embracing conspiracy theories that appeal to a reactionary base.

Before he formalized his 2024 candidacy, she was among the few senior Republicans to endorse Mr Trump.

“Republican voters determine who the leader of the Republican Party is, and it’s very clear that President Trump is the leader of the Republican Party,” she said in November.

Notably, Ms. Stefanik also reportedly once called Mr. Trump a “crazy job.”

On New Year’s Eve, as Republicans prepare for their slim majority in the House of Representatives following their midterm election victories, she also pledged political retaliation against President Joe Biden’s administration.

“Over the past two years, the American people have suffered crisis after crisis because of the failure of one-party Democratic rule in Washington,” she wrote on Twitter. When members of Congress are sworn in this week, “it ends,” she said.

New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also criticized Ms Stefanik after the profile was published. She underscored her characterization of the Republican’s alleged annoyance that the Democratic Rep. “didn’t show her the respect she felt was due to her”, partly fueling Ms Stefanik’s descent to the right.

“What are people who randomly blame the mere existence of others for their own descent into neo-Nazism? Like a girl, you did this on your own,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Dec. 31. “Unless her suggestion here is that she started endorsing the big replacement theory because she couldn’t treat me as the helper.”

Ms. Stefanik and other Republican officials have come under scrutiny in the wake of the racist massacre in Buffalo, New York, in May 2022 for echoing similar claims of the “grand replacement theory” that fueled the attack.

His campaign posted a series of Facebook ads in September 2021 alleging that Democratic officials are allowing immigrants into the United States with the goal of outnumbering and ultimately outnumbering Republicans, a tenet of the theory of white supremacy.

“Radical Democrats are planning their most aggressive action yet: A PERMANENT VICTORY INSURRECTION,” one of the ads said. “Their plan to grant amnesty to 11 MILLION illegal immigrants will overthrow our current electorate and create a permanent liberal majority in Washington.”

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