Steve Bannon, a former chief strategist for President Trump, on Tuesday again brought up the concept of Trump’s early return to the White House.
The podcast host suggested the scenario would be that Trump could be voted in as House speaker following a GOP takeover of the House in 2022, and then he could move immediately for impeachment of Joe Biden.
Then, theoretically, Kamala Harris could be impeached too, and third in line for the presidency under the Constitution is the House speaker.
The Gateway Pundit said the comments came in Bannon’s discussion with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia.
“Our concept is that we’re going to have a sweeping victory, you can already see the momentum building in 2022. And our theory of the case is Donald Trump does not need to run for Congress and should not run for Congress as an individual congressman. That’s ridiculous. What Donald Trump should do is after we win a sweeping victory, the House members should vote him as Speaker of the House, at least for some interim period of time. Not Kevin McCarthy, Donald Trump. Where Donald Trump takes the gavel from Nancy Pelosi and he immediately moves to impeach Joe Biden.”
The idea has been getting more and more attention in recent weeks, with even Trump noting that it’s an interesting concept.
The strategy was begun with a column from WND founder and editor Joseph Farah, just days after Biden was inaugurated.
His scenario lined up similarly. He would, after the GOP takeover of the House, have Biden and Harris impeached, leaving House Speaker Kevin McCarthy president, who could appoint Trump as vice president, then resign, leaving Trump as president.
Others also have endorsed the idea.
“Odds are increasing that Donald Trump could be the next speaker of the House,” wrote Peter Heck at DISRN.com a few weeks back.
He said Trump could have a “major role in the upcoming 2022 congressional elections, with a potential payoff that would greatly impact the future of President Biden’s term in office.”
He pointed out that a GOP majority in the House following 2022 could elect Trump.
“House rules allow for the majority to select someone from the outside to serve in the position,” Heck said.
Paul Bedard reported at the time in his “Washington Secrets” column the “buzz” was “Trump for speaker.”
“And what about former President Donald Trump? Aides said that he is focused on electing friendly Republicans in the 2022 election. And if it helps the GOP regain the majority, there is growing support for installing Trump as House speaker, allowed under House rules,” the report said.
He said the latest to join the campaign is Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles.
Martin told “Secrets”: “I’m serious. We need the Trump voters. With the possibility of having Donald Trump as speaker, conservative voter turnout would be through the roof nationwide.”
Bannon had latched onto the concept shortly after Joseph Farah initiated it. He said last February that Trump could return to the White House in 2024 by way of a two-year stint as speaker.
“Trump is a disrupter, 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,” Bannon told a group of Boston Republicans at a Lincoln Day Breakfast.
“He’ll come back to us. We’ll have a sweeping victory in 2022, and he’ll lead us in 2024,” he said, according to the Boston Herald.
Bannon said Trump could run for Congress in 2022 and then seek the speaker post, as Republicans are expected to regain the majority.
“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,” Bannon told the West Roxbury Ward 20 Republican Committee.
Bannon, through his popular video podcast “War Room,” has contended that evidence of election fraud collected through hearings in six swing states and other investigations shows Trump won. He argues that courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, did not address the evidence, instead dismissing the cases on procedural grounds such as standing and timing.
Farah had said the impeachment of Biden and Harris could be for “high crimes and misdemeanors — not phony ones like they had to manufacture against President Trump, but real, weighty crimes.”
“That would leave House Speaker Kevin McCarthy as president of the United States – only temporarily. As president, he could appoint anyone in the interim he chose as vice president. He would select Donald J. Trump in early 2023. Then McCarthy would resign, leaving Trump as president. After all, who would have more experience and wisdom?”
At Just the News this week was an analysis of how Trump could return to the White House, including “the feasible, the far-fetched and the fantasy.”
It cited a possible reinstatement, which it said was doubtful, under the provisions of the Constitution.
Then there is the running for Congress, becoming the Speaker and moving up option.
“Conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root floated this idea last week during an interview with Trump, to which the former president responded, ‘That’s so — that’s so interesting.’ He went on to call it a good idea,” the report said.
And Ari Fleischer’s?
“If you want to engage in conspiracy theories and wild dreams, here’s the ultimate scenario,” the former press secretary under President George W. Bush said on “Just the News AM” Monday.
“You don’t need to be a member of the House of Representatives to be elected speaker. So, Republicans take back control of Congress in 2022, and when it comes time to vote for speaker, they can name [Trump] speaker. Then, if Republicans took two-thirds of the Senate, they can impeach Joe Biden, impeach Kamala Harris, and voila — Speaker Donald Trump becomes president.”
Finally, the long game option is for Trump to simply run again in 2024, which he is constitutionally eligible to do.
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