It’s undeniable that tens of millions of Americans would love to see former President Donald Trump back in the White House, but there’s an alternate course of action that many believe the 45th president should consider pursuing instead.
According to The Hill, prior to a speech he delivered to a large audience of supporters on Saturday in Greenville, North Carolina, Trump was asked by conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root about the possibility of running for the Speakership after former adviser Steve Bannon originally floated the idea — an idea that Trump said was “so interesting.”
Why would he want to be Speaker?
The idea of Trump securing the top position of power in the House of Representatives, according to those who believe the idea could work, would mean that Trump could aggressively oppose President Joe Biden for the two years following the 2022 midterms.
The hypothetical move would come as Republicans win back majority control of the House, which is widely predicted by experts of all political stripes.
“Then you become the speaker of the House, lead the impeachment of Biden and start criminal investigations against Biden,” Root suggested, which seemed to intrigue the former president, as it would any of his millions of supporters who have already floated the idea on social media for months.
“Yeah, you know it’s very interesting,” Trump said, adding that he’s also been asked to make a Senate run. “But you know what, your idea might be better. It’s very interesting.”
While there would be challenges for Trump as a far as a run for a seat in the lower chamber, especially as redistricting will soon take place, his supporters have pointed out that even though all House Speakers in American history have been elected members, the U.S. Constitution doesn’t specify that the Speaker needs to be an elected lawmaker in order to serve in the powerful position.
Trump takes the stage
In his highly-anticipated return to the stage, the former president delivered a speech on Saturday in North Carolina to a cheering crowd at the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention, according to ABC News.
Not surprisingly, Trump fired multiple salvos of criticism at President Joe Biden’s administration, along with shots at Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has recently been the subject of extreme controversy with regard to his flip-flopping and inside knowledge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s great to be back in Greenville with so many proud, North Carolina patriots who love our country, support our military, respect our police, honor our flag and always put America first, we don’t put America second,” Trump said. “As we gather tonight, our country is being destroyed before our very own eyes.”
Trump reminded the audience of his belief that the 2020 election was rigged and stolen from him, adding that Republicans will have a “tremendous 2022” before dropping yet another hint about his prospects of making another run for the White House.
“We’re going to win North Carolina’s all important U.S. Senate race, and we’re going to lay the groundwork for making sure that Republicans once again carry the great state of North Carolina, in a number, a year, that I very much look forward to: 2024,” the former president said.