- A radio host suggested to Trump that he should run for a House seat in 2022 and become Speaker.
- Trump responded that it was a “very interesting” idea and might be better than running for Senate.
- Trump could, theoretically, become House Speaker – but experts say it is very unlikely.
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Former President Donald Trump has shown interest in running for a House seat in 2022 in a bid to became Speaker and consequently launch an impeachment investigation against President Joe Biden, Right Wing Watch first reported.
During an interview on Friday afternoon with VRAinsider.com, far-right radio host Wayne Allyn Root suggested that Trump runs for Congress in a bid to “wipe” Biden out.
-Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) June 4, 2021
“Why not, instead of waiting for 2024, and I’m hoping you’ll run in 2024, but why not run in 2022 for the United States Congress? A House seat in Florida. Win big. Lead us to a dramatic landslide victory. Take the House by 50 seats,” Root said.
“Then you become the Speaker of the House, lead the impeachment of Biden and start criminal investigations against Biden. You’ll wipe him out for this last two years,” the radio host continued.
Trump appeared to be taken by the idea. “That’s so interesting,” the former president said. “You know, it’s very interesting,” he added.
He then said that Root’s idea “might be better” than the suggestion that he run for the Senate.
The Speaker strategy was previously touted by Steve Bannon, who told a group of Boston Republicans in February that Trump should run for Congress in 2022, the Boston Herald reported.
“We totally get rid of Nancy Pelosi, and the first act of President Trump as Speaker will be to impeach Joe Biden for his illegitimate activities of stealing the presidency,” Bannon said, according to the Herald.
To become Speaker of the House, Trump would not be required to win a congressional seat. The Constitution does not require the speaker to be an incumbent member of the House of Representatives, although every speaker thus far has been.
He would, however, have to flip the House of Representatives and win the support of Republican lawmakers.
Experts say Trump taking on this role is theoretically possible but “not plausible,” according to Politifact.
Trump is also said to be mulling another run for president. He told associates that he will run again in 2024 if he is healthy enough, Insider reported in late May.