Will Trump make a comeback? Steve Bannon wants him to replace speaker Nancy Pelosi and impeach Joe Biden in 2022
Ever since former president Donald Trump got acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial, his supporters have felt elated and hopeful about the mercurial businessman-politician making a grand return to public life. Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden to see his run abruptly cut short, but he never conceded defeat claiming that the polling exercise was compromised to see him out of power.
Trump, 74, also faced a danger of losing the capacity to run for a public office if he got impeached on charges of inciting the January 6 riots at the Capitol Hill. Last weekend, the upper chamber failed to find the required number of votes to see him getting impeached and ever since, both Trump and his supporters have started reasserting themselves.
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Speculation is already rife that the Republican will return to contest in the 2024 presidential election but his former White House aide Steve Bannon has now floated another interesting idea. He said the former commander-in-chief should first run for Congress in the 2022 mid-term polls before leading the GOP in the 2024 election. Recently, Senator Lindsey Graham, another Trump loyalist who was against the impeachment drive, also said that the president was “excited” for 2022 when he had a talk with him.
Bannon prescribes Trump's return to presidency via Congress
Speaking to a group of Boston Republics recently, Bannon laid out a plan for the former president’s return to Washington DC, The Boston Herald reported. The former White House chief strategist and senior counselor to Trump said that instead of making a direct attempt to conquer the White House, the former president should run for a seat in the House of Representatives next year to try to become the speaker in place of incumbent Nancy Pelosi. He also said that as the speaker, Trump's first act will be to impeach Biden for his “illegal activities of stealing the presidency”.
“Trump is a disruptor, but he has a long-term vision because I absolutely believe in the marrow of my bones that he will be our nominee in 2024. He’ll come back to us. We’ll have a sweeping victory in 2022, and he’ll lead us in 2024,” Bannon, 67, said.
The right-wing advocate, who backed Trump’s unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud in the 2020 election and claimed that the former president was the actual winner, also added: “We totally get rid of Nancy Pelosi, and the first act of President Trump as speaker will be to impeach Joe Biden for his illegitimate activities of stealing the presidency.” His remarks were widely lauded by the Boston GOP members.
However, for Trump to emerge as the speaker, the Republicans would have to win back the control of the House, something they failed to do in 2020 after losing the chamber in 2018.
'Politics should no longer be seen as something between GOP, Dems'
Bannon also said that politics should no longer be seen as something between the Republicans and Democrats but “between populists, nationalists, traditionalists versus these kind of globalists, elites, secular radicals”. He added: “This is what I think the future of this movement is…. We’re going to have a big aspect of disaffected Democrats that start to come over.”
Bannon was among those people who were granted pardon by Trump in the last hours of his presidency. The former was one of the four charged in an alleged scheme to divert money related to the border wall with Mexico, a project Trump had pushed to the hilt during his stay in power.
Meanwhile, a new book from former 60 Minutes producer Ira Rosen has made a revelation that Bannon believed Trump had dementia and considered a covert plan to oust him by means of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.