Sen. Mitt Romney claimed on Tuesday that if former President Donald Trump ran for office again in 2024, he would easily win the Republican presidential nomination.
The Utah Republican said he was “confident” that the former president will have an impact on the GOP in the years to come in a New York Times-DealBook virtual interview, noting that Trump had “by far the largest voice and a major impact in my party.”
“I anticipate that he will keep acting. I’m not sure if he’ll run for office in 2024. However, I am confident that he will secure the nomination if he does,” Romney stated.
The senator cited polls that suggest Republican voters still strongly support the former president, despite his warning that “a lot may happen between now and 2024.”
Romney stated, “I look at the polls. “And the polls show that if you include President Trump among the names being floated as potential contenders in 2024 among Republicans, he wins in a landslide,”
The senator’s comments are a blunt admission of Trump’s enduring influence within the Republican Party from one of the most prominent GOP detractors of the former president.
The only Republican senator to vote in favor of convicting Trump for his interactions with Ukraine during his first impeachment trial last year was Romney. Additionally, Trump was found guilty earlier this month by Romney and six other GOP colleagues of inciting the Capitol insurrection on January 6.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, said that the previous president was “morally and practically responsible” for the attack even though he voted to exonerate Trump in his second impeachment trial.
High-ranking congressional Republicans have, however, generally toned down their criticism of Trump in recent weeks as the party adjusts to his enduring appeal to GOP voters and the tenacity of his support base.
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he resides, has drawn the attention of both House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). Trump is scheduled to deliver his first significant speech since leaving office on Sunday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
Trump has additionally declared his attendance for the April Republican National Committee spring donor retreat.
57 percent of Republican voters said they want Trump to play a significant role in their party moving forward, and 80 percent of Republican respondents said they had a favorable opinion of him, according to a quick POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted in the days following his second impeachment trial.
53 percent of Republicans polled who would support the GOP presidential primary in 2024 said, Trump. With 12 percent of the Republican vote, former vice president Mike Pence finished in second place, with all other candidates polling in the single digits.
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