According to a social media post published last year, it appears that some supporters of former President Donald Trump think he could become president again in 2023, and then run again in 2024, and that way end up serving two terms and then some:
“Trump can run for Congress in 2022, in FL. If he wins the seat and Republicans take over the House of Representatives, he could become the Speaker of the House. Then, his first act could be impeaching Joe (Biden) and Kamala (Harris). If it works, he finishes out the remainder of Biden’s term and can still run for President in 2024. Wouldn’t that be a hoot!”
Politifact, Facebook’s partner to help combat misinformation, flagged the post, but added that the scenario described in it “could work — in theory.” Politifact’s Louis Jacobson explains:
“And while it would probably be allowed under the law, the likelihood of the scenario playing out in the real world would run into some all-but-insurmountable practical obstacles.”
Election Attorney Mark Herron told Politifact that Trump could run for the U.S. House in a Florida district, citing article I, section 2, of the U.S. Constitution, which states that “No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.”
If Republicans did take back the majority in the House in the 2022 midterm elections, a Rep. Trump could technically be elected Speaker of the House, according to The American Enterprise Institutes’ John Fortier:
“A speaker of the House need not be a member of Congress. That said, we have never elected a speaker from outside the House. But it is constitutionally permissible.”
A Republican-controlled House could also technically impeach President Joe Biden, but it would be nearly impossible to convict with a Democrat majority Senate, according to Jacobson:
“The House speaker would indeed be next in line for the presidency as long as the offices of president and vice president are vacant, according to a statute that’s been on the books since the 1940s.”
This coming after Bloomberg reports that Trump “is telling allies he’s strongly considering another run for president in 2024—and close advisers want him to choose someone other than former vice president Mike Pence for his ticket, according to people familiar with the discussions.”
So, in laymen’s terms, Pence followed the Constitution for a minute or two, but for 4 years stayed loyal no matter the stupidity that spewed from Trump’s mouth, but that one moment of clarity will always have him labeled a traitor in Trump’s mind.
So, whom could Team Trump have in mind to replace Pence? One name being tossed around is Sout Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, but another choice could be much closer to home. A choice that Trump would never have to question their loyalty…Ivanka Trump.
There is another female budding politician in the Trump clan that may be considered as well, Eric Trump’s wife, Lara.
Reportedly, Ivanka and her husband, Jared, have been plotting for the past four years to make her the first female president so for Ivanka running as her father’s vice president would be a logical stepping stone.
However, there are those, including Trump’s estranged niece, Mary, who do not believe Trump will run for president in 2024 but are leading people to believe he will so he can rake in the cash in campaign donations.
“There’s no way that he is going to put himself in the position of losing again,” Mary Trump said while appearing on MSNBC.
Mary is a psychologist and the author of a bestselling book about her uncle. She spoke with MSNBC just minutes after her uncle had finished his speech at the CPAC.
During his speech, again falsely claimed that he won the 2020 election and that it was stolen from him by Democrats through voter fraud.
“Who knows, I may even decide to beat them for the third time,” Trump stated during his speech.
Mary shares that she doubts that her uncle will actually go through with another campaign, but she adds that he has a lot to gain by insinuating that he plans to.
“I think he’s going to pretend to [run], for sure. Think about how much money he’s made off the Big Lie in the last few months,” she said.
“He’s made more money since President Biden won the election than I think he has in his entire life,” she added. “So, I don’t think he’s going to let that grift go quite so soon.”
In a 20-day period after the 2020 election, the Trump campaign and other Republican organizations raised more than $207.5 million. During that 20- day period, they sent out hundreds of fundraising emails and texts pushing false claims of voter fraud.
Mary goes on to ad that whether her uncle runs or not there is a larger issue within the GOP.
“The problem is the Republican Party seems determined to keep him legitimate,” she said. “Republicans time after time have refused to take the off-ramp away from him, and decided that it was better for their future prospects to keep him a relevant player.”
Mary stated that the GOP under Trump became “anti-democratic.”
“The Republican Party is not interested in democracy,” she said. “It is willing to embrace counter-majoritarian tactics in order to hold power illegitimately, no matter how much in the minority they are.”