Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) was one of only two Republicans to vote for more witness testimony during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate, a move that sparked outrage among the GOP establishment.
According to the Washington Examiner, Romney’s posturing during the trial is even leading some strategists to believe he did it with the expectation that it will assist him in making yet another run for the White House in 2024.
The big bet
Romney is apparently banking on being the only person within the party who can claim to have done the “right thing” during the Senate’s impeachment trial.
Many political experts believe he may take the same tack current presidential candidate Joe Biden is trying to sell to Americans now — namely, that he will restore the moral fabric of the country if elected.
Jason Miller, a strategist who worked for the Trump campaign in 2016, said: “Mitt Romney is a bitter, jealous man who looks at President Trump and wishes he could be him. This is about Romney’s ego, nothing else.”
Another anonymous Republican strategist confirmed the rumor, saying that Romney’s impeachment stance was calculated to set him up for 2024.
“He is cynically betting on an electoral disaster in 2020. I think he believes he will be the only guy who will look like he was in the right on the road to hell,” the unnamed Republican said.
The problem for Romney, though, is that he will have to run as a Democrat or an independent, because there are few, if any, Republicans who would back him in a presidential race.
If we are being honest, Trump supporters have taken over the party, and the rest have come along for the ride. That being the case, if Trump wins the 2020 election, the candidate most likely to win the GOP’s primary in 2024 is going to be whomever Trump supports.
It is unclear if Pence will make a run at the White House, but if he does, Trump would likely offer his support.
There is, however, a large contingent in the party that believes former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will run in an attempt to be the first woman president.
If she runs, all bets are off in terms of which candidate Trump would support, because he is a fan of Haley’s — and considering the potential historical importance, Trump would surely do what he could to keep the Make America Great Again movement alive through her.