At the end of the month, Donald Trump is expected to make a fairly serious statement about his role in the future of the Republican Party, and very few people expected that Mitt Romney would be in agreement with what he plans to suggest.
Insiders with knowledge of Trump’s coming appearance have suggested, in no uncertain terms, that the former NYC real estate mogul will use his speaking engagement to exert his authority over the Republican Party. Trump is said to be poised to tell the nation that he is still the most influential figure in the GOP, and he’s also expected to make an overt reference to running for President again in 2024.
Romney, a virulent never-Trumper, seems to think that The Don is on to something.
The Utah senator, the only Republican who voted to convict Trump in both of his impeachment trials, said he expects the former president will continue to play a big role in the Republican Party even though he was voted out of office.
“He has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party,” Romney said at a New York Times DealBook virtual event on Tuesday. “I don’t know if he’s planning to run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he would win the nomination.”
For Romney to even utter those words is a striking development, as many believed Romney would have been more likely to suggest that the party should be doing everything in their power to divorce themselves from Trump and the MAGA universe.