House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) unleashed on Thursday her latest diatribe against former President Donald Trump: If he runs for the White House again in 2024, Pelosi said, he’ll suffer a devastating loss.
The Washington Examiner reported that Pelosi’s comments came during an event last week at Cambridge University.
“I reference him from time to time as ‘What’s-his-name,'” Pelosi said of the former president. “If he wants to run again, he’ll be the first president who was impeached twice and defeated twice.”
Those in attendance reportedly applauded when she made the threat.
Trump has still not announced whether he will mount another bid for the presidency come 2024, citing what he calls “antiquated” campaign laws for his reluctance.
That being said, Trump and his allies have been dropping hints for months. Pressed in a recent Fox News interview, the former president gave his biggest indication yet that he’s making plans for another go at it.
“I love our country,” Trump told interviewer Greg Gutfeld, according to Fox. “I think you’ll be very happy. I would say two, three years ago you might not have been that happy but now I think you’d be happy… I’ll make a decision in the not-so-distant future.”
Pelosi’s worst nightmare
While Pelosi may be predicting a loss for the former president, polls have consistently indicated that if he does run for the White House next time around, Trump would give any opponent a run for their money.
Worse still for Pelosi and her party: Polls show Democrats are still lacking a strong candidate for the next presidential match-up. One recent survey that considered what the primary field would look like if President Joe Biden opted not to run for a second term pegged Vice President Kamala Harris as winning among Dems, with 30% of the vote. The next highest response, at 18%, was “undecided.”
That poll, from McLaughlin & Associates, also asked participants who they thought would win in a match-up between Trump and Harris in 2024, and the former president came out on top, even if just slightly.
Indeed, Pelosi may be crossing her fingers that Trump sits this one out, but at least at this point, the numbers show he’s not out of the running just yet.