WASHINGTON – One among Donald Trump’s most outspoken Republican critics, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, believes the previous president would win the GOP presidential nomination in 2024 if he decides to go for it.
“I don’t know if he’ll run in 2024 or not, but when he does, I’m fairly certain he’ll win the nomination,” Romney mentioned Tuesday on the DealBook DC Coverage Mission.
Trump is anticipated to assault Republicans who supported impeachment, and Romney has a singular function inside that group. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee – he misplaced to incumbent President Barack Obama – voted to convict Trump on impeachment fees twice.
In early 2020, Romney was the one Republican lawmaker to vote to convict Trump on allegations he pressured the federal government of Ukraine to analyze then-candidate Joe Biden and his son. Earlier this month, Romney was one among seven Republican senators to vote to convict Trump on fees he incited the Jan. 6 rebellion on the U.S. Capitol designed to overturn Biden’s election.
The Senate acquitted him on each events.
Within the days earlier than the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, Romney criticized Trump for making evidence-free claims of voter fraud to clarify his loss to Biden. Supporters of Trump, touring to Washington for demonstrations in assist of the president, verbally harassed Romney for not supporting the election protests.
On the Tuesday discussion board, Romney informed Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Occasions that he wouldn’t personally vote for Trump in three years, however many Republicans would.
“I take a look at the polls,” he mentioned, “and the polls present that among the many names being floated as potential contenders in 2024, if you happen to put President Trump in there amongst Republicans, he wins in a landslide.”
Added Romney: “He has far the biggest voice and a big effect in my get together.”