Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said in an interview Tuesday that if former President Trump ran again in 2024, he would likely win the Republican nomination.
“He has by far the biggest voice and a huge impact on my party,” Romney told the New York Times DealBook. “I don’t know if he plans to run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he would win the nomination.”
Romney noted that he’s not always good at making predictions and that “a lot can happen between now and 2024,” but said that in recent polls comparing Trump to other potential Republican candidates, he “wins a landslide.”
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He said that if Trump ran again, he would support a candidate who “represented more of the tiny wing of the party that I represent.”
He added that he has not voted for Trump in the past and does not plan to do so in the future.
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Shortly after the November election, Romney told Meet the Press: “I think the vast majority of the people who voted for Donald Trump want to make sure his principles and policies are upheld. So yeah, he’s not disappearing from nowhere. way. He’s the 900-pound Gorilla when it comes to the Republican Party. “
The Utah senator is one of Trump’s most vocal critics in the party and was the only Republican senator to vote to convict Trump in his two political trials.
Trump will deliver his first major speech since leaving office at the conservative CPAC conference this weekend and has yet to say whether he plans to run in 2024.
During his speech, Trump plans to reclaim his spot as the “presumptive nominee for 2024” and advisers are expected to meet him at Mar-a-Lago this week to help him decide his next political move, Axios reported, citing sources.
“There is no doubt that he will play a pivotal role in politics for a long time,” Eric Trump told Fox & Friends this week. He added that there are “75, 80 million people who would follow” their father “to the end of the earth” and would love him because “they love what he represents.”
Trump will likely also support the Republican’s primary rivals in the midterm elections who voted for his impeachment, he said.
Some critics of Trump’s impeachment have said that Democrats primarily wanted to convict Trump and bar him from running for office again because they didn’t want to run against someone who received more than 74 million votes. President Biden received more than 81 million votes, making Biden and Trump the two most voted in the history of the US presidential election.
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Eric Trump said he believes his father is the “modern Republican party” that resurrected one that was incapable of winning. “I think my father showed the Republican Party how to win again,” he said.