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Are There Any 2024 Presidential Candidates Hiding Under America’s Christmas Tree? Let’s See!

President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress, with Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on the dais behind him

Christmas came early this year! Santa Claus sauntered down the chimney and left us a whole bunch of new Christmas presidents—I mean, presents under America’s Christmas Tree. He’s even wrapped them up for us! Some of them are tied up in ribbons and bows, some of them are sitting like angels on top of the tree, and others are wriggling around in burlap sacks filled with what smells like A LOT of coal. You know what they say, Republicans just LOVE their coal! But who are these potential 2024 presidential candidates? Who is on the Nice List, and who is on the Naughty List? Who deserves a slice of the Christmas goose? And who would I rather see face down in the figgy pudding? Let’s tear off the wrapping paper and find out!

Who is running in 2024?

Joe Biden

Joe Biden gestures while speaking passionately into a podium microphone.
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Aw, man! We got this one last year! Oh, well. I guess Biden wasn’t all that bad. He just kinda stood in the corner muttering to himself. But hey, at least he didn’t make the country WORSE! That’s really all we can ask for these days—a President who putters along and preserves the status quo. Cheer up, kids! It’s better than the alternative! And by “alternative” I mean populist right-wing revolution. Yikes! As of now, President Biden is one of only two confirmed candidates for the 2024 race, which brings us to the next … uh, what’s this misshapen heap of plastic over here …

Donny Dumperino

Donald Trump frowns while looking at his cell phone
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Here’s that alternative right now! Diddling around on his phone. Would you look at that? He’s probably looking up the “true meaning of Christmas” right now and is NOT happy with the results. So far, the Google doesn’t say ANYTHING about “how to beat fraud charges.” All it says is some stuff about “peace on earth, and good will towards men.” I don’t think that this man is CAPABLE of understanding that. Donald Trump probably just thinks “good will” is a place where “the poor people” go shopping.

Who might run for President in 2024?

Stacey Abrams

Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams takes the stage to declare victory in the primary during an election night event on May 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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This is the bestest Christmas president of all! Stacey Abrams is the angel atop the Christmas tree! Shining bright for all to see! She helped put the state of Georgia back on the Nice List during the 2020 presidential elections with her tireless work convincing the masses to vote. She’s convinced me a thousand times over.

Liz Cheney

Liz Cheney gives an unhappy, tight-lipped smile from a podium during her concession speech.
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Who’s that standing in the corner with a suspiciously shotgun-shaped present? Oh! It’s Liz Cheney! Daughter of Dick! Must have been an early gift from her dad! The apple seems to be rolling away from the Republican family tree, though, as she was one of the few Republicans who voted to impeach Trump. Looks like she’s making a bid to be on Santa’s Nice List, but she’ll have to try a bit harder than that! Maybe stop being Republican for a sec?

Ron DeSantis

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference

Someone rang the doorbell just now. When I answered, I thought there was a flaming pile of dog shit on my porch, but nope! It’s just Ron!

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz gestures while speaking into a microphone
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I told Ron to go away, but just before I shut the door I saw a pair of yellow eyes glowing near my trash cans. Looks like Ted’s rummaging around for Christmas gifts again! I’m sure I won’t see him anymore this year once the snows come. He’ll be in Cancun while Texas freezes solid. Naughty, naughty!

Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg waves goodbye from a campaign event.
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Someone just brought in hot chocolate! It’s Pete Buttigieg! What a guy!

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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High atop the Christmas tree, perched next to Stacey Abrams is this angelic queen! I love you, AOC. Please run for President. I will commit voter fraud to vote you again and again, like a gift that keeps on giving.

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris speaks outdoors from a podium with the presidential seal on it.
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We found Biden under our 2020 Christmas tree, and this stocking stuffer came with him! If Biden decides not to run again, then Kamala Harris could take a stab at it.

Nikki Haley

Former UN Ambassador (R) Nikki Haley visits "Fox & Friends" at Fox News Channel Studios on November 12, 2019 in New York City.
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I found this woman in the kitchen slamming gingerbread men together while whispering “die, die, die”. Maybe she thought they were her democratic political opponents? Maybe she thought they were “the gays”? You never know with these Republican types!

Josh Hawley

Josh Hawley looks perplexed.
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I think this guy slipped something in my eggnog, because I’m feeling funny. Not funny “ha-ha,” but funny “I think I’m about the be the victim of assault.” I gave him a little love tap in the eye with my house key, and he went running out the door, just like he ran away from the Capitol building on January 6 after egging on all those rioters.

Larry “Scary” Hogan

Larry Hogan
(Michael Robinson Chavez, The Washington Post via Getty Images)

OH MY GOD I THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOBLIN. But no! He’s just the Republican governor of the mostly Democrat state of Maryland. Even Maryland crabs are blue, so I think he needs to take the hint and leave.

Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar sits looking anguished, holding her hand to her temple during a senate panel
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The Nice and Naughty jury is still out on Amy. One the one hand, she deserves praise for her conduct in the confirmation hearing of Naughty A-Lister Brett Kavanaugh. However, she’s been accused of being naughty herself with regards to the treatment of her staff. Pick a side, Klobuchar!

Asa Hutchinson

Governor Asa Hutchinson
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Uh-oh! Somebody’s grandfather wandered in from the cold! He looks a little confused. Wait, that’s Asa Hutchinson! I think his brain fog is coming from the fact that he’s a Republican but he swings liberal on a lot of issues. He’s shown support for the LGBTQ community by refusing to sign anti-gay and anti-trans bills into law. Come on over to the other side, granddad! Pete Buttigieg made hot cocoa!

Gavin Newsom

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks to union workers and volunteers on election day at the IBEW Local 6 union hall on September 14, 2021 in San Francisco, California.
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Ya win some, ya Newsom. Gav here has been on a winning streak in his home state of California for his progressive values, and therefore he deserves a choice cut of the Christmas goose! He might run in 2024, but will probably sit out if Biden runs again. Gives him more time to tuck into that figgy pudding!

Kristi Noem

In a screenshot from the RNC’s livestream of the 2020 Republican National Convention, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem addresses the virtual convention
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You can’t spell “Noem” without “No.” Girl, bye. You’re on the Naughty List. One, because you supported Trump in 2020, and two, because you allegedly forced the retirement of the woman who denied your daughter a real estate license. Maybe your daughter could just “try again,” like a normal person? Then you wouldn’t have to FORCE SOMEONE OUT OF THEIR JOB so your unqualified spawn can hold a position? Maybe? “No” thoughts on that? Didn’t think so.

Mike Pence (and a fly)

A fly rests on the head of US Vice President Mike Pence as he takes notes during the vice presidential debate against US Democratic vice presidential nominee and Senator from California Kamala Harris in Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah on October 7, 2020, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Mike Pence couldn’t find the fly that landed on his head during the Vice Presidential debate with Kamala Harris, even after he wandered the streets inspecting every pile of dog shit. Lucky for him, he found a dead fly in the figgy pudding and stuck it on his head! He told me that it gives him confidence to have a friend. If only I had confidence in him to not be an asshole!

Mike Pompeo

secretary of state mike pompeo
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Get back on that plane, Mike. We don’t care where you go, as long as it’s far. I don’t care that it’s Christmas time and the flights are all “super ‘spensive,” you should have thought of that when you decided to oppose same-sex marriage and still tried to come to MY PARTY.

J.B. Pritzker

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker speaks into a microphone
(Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune / Chicago Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Whose uncle is this? Seriously, I have never seen this man before in my life. AOC, I’m scared. Hold me and tell me what’s going on. Oh, he’s a Democrat!? Sorry, I just got a Republican vibe—wonder why? What’s that, AOC? He’s a billionaire? OK, that explains it. Glad to hear that he supports gun control and abortion rights. I’m still sketched out by billionaires, but maybe the Nice List can make an exception?

Bernie Sanders

Former presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) sits in the bleachers on Capitol Hill before Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th US President on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
(Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images

Bernie! Bernie, sweetie, come inside! Listen, I know that you’re now registered as Independent, but you don’t have to be independent all the time. Come inside and join the rest of the Democrats. Please. It weirds me out when you sit in the backyard like that and stare at the snow. We love you, Bernie. Come inside and have some eggnog. Josh Hawley isn’t here anymore. It’s safe now.

Lord Voldemort?! … I mean, Rick Scott, clearly

Rick Scott looking more like Lord Voldemort
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Oh, god, sorry! It was the bald head, the skull-like features, and the unblinking eyes that got me confused. I think it’s the spooky vibe as well. He just hasn’t been the same after losing to Mitch McConnell in his run for Senate party leader. He’s been here since my last Christmas party. He shimmied his way into the crawl space and has been living in the walls ever since. Hear that? That’s the sound of him sucking the moisture out of the dry wall. Rick, please come out.

Tim Scott

Go home Tim Scott
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Go home, Tim Scott. The only thing you’re good at is raising money for the Republican Party. Please stop trying to hand out copies of your memoir. You didn’t even bother to wrap them.

Chris Sununu

Chris Sununu talking about something.
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“Sununu” is the sound I make right after I breathe in a big, honking snore when I’m sleeping. That’s it. I will not be accepting any more definitions at this time, just as I will not be accepting your Republican presidential bid or your suspiciously store-bought-looking fruitcake.

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren
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OMG LIZ, YOU CAME!!! I thought you’d be too busy making plans to screw over tax-dodging billionaires and mega-corporations alike! Listen, I know that you said that you’ll probably support Biden if he runs again, but you really don’t have to. We love you, girl! Go your own way! You got this!

Gretchen Wieners—I’m sorry, Whitmer

Gretchen Whitmer
(ABC News)

Sorry, girl. I didn’t mean that. I know Biden was planning on making you his Vice President but then snatched it away in a total Mean Girls “and none for Gretchen Wieners” move. You didn’t deserve that. I know you’re busy making moves in Michigan, but the federal government could really use you if you change your mind.

Glenn Youngkin

Glenn Youngkin squints and gestures while yelling at a campaign event.
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