Why Tulsi Gabbard Says It Would Be a ‘Huge Mistake’ for Donald Trump to Choose Marco Rubio as VP

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Donald Trump is expected to announce his vice presidential pick any day now. If the rumors are to be believed, his shortlist includes North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, Ohio Senator J.D. Vance, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Former congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who switched her party affiliation from Democrat to independent in 2022, has also been floated as a possible candidate. She joined Megyn on Wednesday’s show, and while she remained tight-lipped about her own status, she was vocal in her opposition to Rubio.

Trump’s Tease

While some reporting has the ‘veepstakes’ are down to a race between Burgum and Vance, Rubio was a topic of discussion at Trump’s rally in Doral, Florida on Tuesday. The Miami-native – who was at the event – was referenced multiple times during the former president’s speech, which was broadcast on several cable channels.

The presumptive GOP nominee escalated his attacks on Vice President Kamala Harris at the event while also teasing Rubio’s chances of being his running mate. “I think they probably think I’m going to be announcing that Marco is going to be vice president, because that’s a lot of press,” Trump said at one point.

He also mentioned Rubio as he spoke about his plan to eliminate taxes on tips for service workers. “Marco, you’re going to vote for it, I hope,” he said. “Well, you may or may not be there to vote for it. But you’ll be involved.”

Gabbard Responds

Gabbard called Trump “a master of entertainment” for his ability to draw out his VP pick and she said her guess was as good as anyone else’s when it comes to who he will ultimately choose. Even so, she did not mince words when offering her opinion of Rubio.

“I think it would be a huge mistake for President Trump to choose him because he represents the neocon, warmongering establishment of Washington, DC, which stands diametrically opposed to the very policies that President Trump has always stood for,” Gabbard told Megyn. 

She noted those policies “go all the way back” to when Trump ran for president in 2016 and continued through his time in office and “things that he is talking about wanting to do now.”

With that in mind, Gabbard believes picking Rubio would “send the wrong message” to voters who are “concerned about the fact that we are on the brink of war with Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea.” She also thinks it will “undermine the foreign policy that he is advocating for.”

Ultimately, Gabbard said, it will create more questions than answers. “If Marco Rubio is vice president, then that is what we will face,” she concluded. “And it will cause a lot of people to question what kind of foreign policy will actually be executed. Will it be the one that Trump wants and stands for, or will it be one that will continue the deep state, neocon, warmongers who have gotten us into the mess we are in now?”

You can check out Megyn’s full interview with Gabbard by tuning in to episode 834 on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you like to listen. And don’t forget that you can catch The Megyn Kelly Show live on SiriusXM’s Triumph (channel 111) weekdays from 12pm to 2pm ET.