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What A Day: Veep on rollin'

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum speaks at the North Carolina GOP Convention in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday, May 25, 2024. (Woody Marshall/News & Record via AP)

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North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum speaks at the North Carolina GOP Convention in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday, May 25, 2024. (Woody Marshall/News & Record via AP)

DIGEST

Trump’s veepstakes are intensifying. And he’s running this search the way he handles everything — like an unhinged reality show.

  • Disgraced former president and convicted felon Donald Trump’s campaign has reportedly begun formally vetting a handful of potential VP picks. Top names include Gov. Doug Burgum (R-ND), Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), J.D. Vance (R-OH), and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC). But like the washed-up game show host that he is, Trump will keep everyone guessing until the big reveal. It’s a demented, GOP version of The Apprentice: To advance, hopefuls must debase themselves on TV by praising Trump, attack the justice system, hang out in court while Trump catches felonies, and waffle about accepting the results of the 2024 election.  

  • In a sense, Trump’s putting a fresh twist on his veep-search. Traditionally, the candidate hunts for someone who can help with trouble spots. That can mean connecting with a certain group of voters or helping with a swing state. After all, Trump chose VP Mike Pence to reach Evangelical Christians (and it worked). This time, Trump seems inclined to pick someone a lot more like himself: his own Mini-Me.

  • That may be why Trump likes Burgum. The incredibly boring governor of North Dakota has no sparkle. He hails from a deep-red state where Trump needs no help. There is no Burgum fanbase. But the guy’s a wealthy businessman who won’t upstage Trump and a loyalist who made a courthouse pilgrimage to Trump’s trial. The only balance he’d bring would be to offset Trump’s wackiness with relative normalcy. Burgum is the kind of toady who’d tell Newsmax: “Trump is so strong right now, he could get elected without a vice president!” See? Trump’s kinda guy!

Other names still in the mix include Reps. Byron Donalds (R-FL) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Development Ben Carson. You know, just a few characters from our recurring nightmares.

The way Trump and his madman ego-driven brain works, there could still be a dark horse that emerges in the days leading up to the RNC. We will be standing by with our popcorn.

NEWS NEWS NEWS

Steve Bannon has been ordered to prison, and soon! A federal judge on Wednesday told the former Trump advisor to begin his four-month prison sentence on July 1. Bannon’s appeal to overturn his conviction for ignoring January 6 committee subpoenas was rejected, and now he has to spend some time in the big house. Maybe he’ll save a warm bunk for his former boss.

An Israeli strike on a school sheltering displaced Palestinians in Gaza killed at least 33 people, including 23 women and children, according to the Associated Press. The Israeli military claimed that Hamas militants were operating from within the school. Israeli fighter jets reportedly used U.S.-made munitions in the strike.

Spain became the first European country to ask the United Nations court for permission to join the international case accusing Israel of genocide brought by South Africa. “There should be no doubt that Spain will remain on the right side of history,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Congress has been rescheduled to July 24, according to Punchbowl News founder Jake Sherman. The original date, June 13, was changed due to the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

State GOP lawmakers in Pennsylvania reportedly booed two officers who defended the Capitol on January 6 during a visit to the statehouse. Democrats introduced former U.S. Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn and former sergeant Aquillino Gonell as “heroes” to their colleagues before the room filled with chaos as Republicans booed, heckled, and walked out of the chamber in protest. Keep it classy, fellas.

The NYPD is seeking to revoke Trump’s gun license after he was convicted of 34 felony counts of falsifying business records last week, according to the New York Times. Federal law in New York and Florida says people with felony convictions cannot own firearms, and Trump reportedly had three pistols registered in New York. Two were turned over when Trump was indicted in April of last year. The third was legally transferred to Florida, but it’s unclear if the gun is still in Trump’s possession. Seems like Trump’s gun slingin’ days could be over.

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