Rep. Matt Gaetz promises a crowd he’ll nominate Donald Trump for House Speaker

Matt Gaetz
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington.

  • Rep. Matt Gaetz told a crowd on Saturday that he intends to nominate former President Donald Trump to the House Speaker role in 2022.
  • After his presidency ended, Trump has publicly entertained the idea of becoming House Speaker.
  • GOP lawmakers are strategizing ways to keep Trump involved in the Republican Party.
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Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz on Saturday told a crowd of Trump supporters that he’ll nominate the former president to the House Speaker role.

“After the next election cycle when we take back the House of Representatives, when we send [current Speaker] Nancy Pelosi back to the filth of San Francisco, my commitment to you is that my vote for Speaker of the US House of Representatives will go to Donald J. Trump,” Gaetz, a Republican representative from Florida, promised at a Trump rally in Sarasota, Florida.

Thousands of Trump supporters gathered on Saturday for the “Save America” rally to celebrate Independence Day.

Trump last month said he would be interested in running for a House seat in 2022, with the goal of becoming Speaker and launching an impeachment inquiry into now President Joe Biden.

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.

Since Biden’s certification in January, GOP lawmakers have said they expect Trump to continue to be involved in the landscape of Republican politics.

In February, Sen. Lindsey Graham said he planned to leverage Trump’s influence to ensure that the Republican party takes back the House and Senate in 2022. In an interview with Politico, Graham said he’d meet with Trump to discuss the future of the GOP and his role in it.

Last month, Sen. Rob Portman characterized Trump as “definitely the leader” of the Republican Party.

Trump is also mulling another run for president. He told associates he plans to run again in 2024 if he is healthy enough, Insider reported in late May.

Insider’s Joshua Zitser contributed to this report.

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