To hold public office used to be a noble ambition. Then in November of 2016, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. Now everyone in Trump’s orbit believes the same thing can happen to them. Ivanka Trump may primary Marco Rubio. Lara Trump thinks she may be the next senator from the state of North Carolina.
Even the My Pillow Guy thinks there’s a future for him in politics. Mike Lindell says he recently had a conversation with Donald Trump about running for Governor of Minnesota. And according to the AP’s Steve Karnowski, Trump told him it was a good idea.
Lindell tells the AP that Trump told him, “Mike, if you did it, I would get behind you.”
“It’s a prospect that sends shivers down the spines of some Republicans in the state — where Trump lost by 7 percentage points — and cuts to the heart of the national party’s existential crisis. While many Republicans, particularly those in Washington, are eager to move on from the former president and his personality-driven, racially divisive politics, Trump’s acolytes across the country are already preparing to pick up the torch.”
Mike Lindell, the businessman better known to the world as the MyPillow Guy, is weighing a run for governor in Minnesota. If he follows through on a campaign, it could be a test of where the Republican Party is headed in the post-Donald Trump era. https://t.co/IYjAlanOep
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) January 23, 2021
Former Minnesota GOP Governor Tim Pawlenty shot the plan down. He told the AP, “The Repub\lican brand has become toxic in the eyes of too many young people, formerly supportive suburbanites, women and diverse voters. We don’t need to guess how a general election campaign will go here for any candidate viewed mostly as a Trump proxy. Trump lost here twice and it wasn’t even close the second time.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.