Speculation about former President Donald Trump’s future plans began almost as soon as he departed D.C. in January, and in a recent discussion with conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root, he entertained what he called the ‘interesting’ notion of running for Congress, seeking the speaker’s gavel, and orchestrating the impeachment of current president Joe Biden, as The Hill reported.
During a chat on Root’s Raw and Unfiltered program on Friday, Trump was asked about the strategically novel idea, first floated by former presidential adviser Steve Bannon earlier this year.
The former commander in chief declared the concept “so interesting,” adding that while others had previously recommended that he seek a Senate seat, the concept of a House run “might be better,” according to the New York Post.
Root detailed the idea that Trump could seek a congressional seat from Florida in the 2022 midterm election, suggesting that he could “Win Big. Lead us to a dramatic landslide victory taking the House by 50 seats. And then, you become the speaker of the House, lead the impeachment of Biden, and start criminal investigations against Biden.”
Talking up the proposal in the most enthusiastic terms, Root assured Trump of the wisdom of such a plan by saying, “You’ll be a folk hero to conservatives!”
Due to the impending congressional redistricting process, Florida is poised to gain a seat in the House before the next election, though it is unclear at this stage precisely from which district Trump could possibly run, given that the process of re-drawing boundaries is not complete, The Hill noted.
Furthermore, it seems obvious to many that while he may appreciate the potentially poetic nature of the scenario Root described, Trump has his sights set on campaigning for a different office altogether.
Fueling rumors that he intends to seek the presidency once more, Trump responded to a recent decision from Facebook continuing the suspension of his accounts on company platforms by declaring, “Next time I’m in the White House, there will be no more dinners…with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife,” referencing the social media giant’s founder and CEO who reportedly met with the then-president in 2019.
With Trump planning a resumption of his large, campaign-style rallies this summer and in light of his prior remarks to conservative commentator Candace Owens indicating that his supporters “are going to be very, very happy when [he makes] a certain announcement,” the former president’s full-scale return to the political stage in one capacity or another appears to be a foregone conclusion.