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Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz has floated an idea, one that he said he spoke to Donald Trump about, that would drive Democrats insane.
On Tuesday, the 39-year-old representative said that he spoke to the 45th President of the United States about becoming Speaker of the House if Republicans win back the majority in 2022 as many analysts have predicted.
Speaker of the House is a position that does not require someone to actually be a United States representative and can be held by a private citizen.
“Do you want ex-President Trump to be speaker?” a reporter asked the representative.
“I would,” he responded.
“Have you talked to him about it?” the reporter pressed.
“I have,” he said.
When asked about Trump’s response to the idea he said, “I keep my conversations with the former president between the two of us.”
Reporter: Do you want ex-President Trump to be speaker?
Gaetz: I would
Reporter: Have you talked to him about it?
Gaetz: I have pic.twitter.com/BfAzAuaWgT
— Acyn (@Acyn) December 7, 2021
It is not the first time that the idea of Trump becoming Speaker has surfaced.
In November, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows appeared on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast and mentioned the idea and how fantastic it would be to see current House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi hand the gavel to Trump.
“I would love to see the gavel go from Nancy Pelosi to Donald Trump. You talk about melting down … people would go crazy,” he said.
“As you know, you don’t have to be an elected member of Congress to be the speaker. She would go from tearing up a speech to having to give the gavel to Donald Trump,” he said. “Oh, she would go crazy.”
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon helped get the ball rolling on this months ago.
While speaking to a group of Boston Republicans, Bannon said Trump will come roaring back to solidify his place as the leader of the Republican Party.
“Going forward, we can transform the Republican Party into more of a MAGA movement … just immerse the (Make America Great Again) movement with the Republican Party, and we’re going to have massive victories in the future,” Bannon said.
During his talk to the West Roxbury Ward 20 Republican Committee, Bannon even floated the idea of Trump becoming a member of the Congress, becoming Speaker of the House in 2022, and then impeaching Joe Biden.
“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,” Bannon later added. “He’ll come back to us. We’ll have a sweeping victory in 2022, and he’ll lead us in 2024.”
“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 said.
Bannon told the crowd that they “need to confront this radical Biden administration every day.”
Politics should no longer be thought of as Republicans versus Democrats, he stressed during his talk.
“It’s between populists, nationalists, traditionalists versus these kinds of globalists, elites, secular radicals,” Bannon said, adding, “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.”
Lou Murray, the chair of the West Roxbury Ward 20 Republican Committee, also said that “more traditionally-minded Democrats” will leave the party because of the “radicalism” of Biden’s administration.
“I 100% agree with that,” Murray said, later adding, “The Trump brand isn’t over. The MAGA, America First message of Donald Trump is extremely popular, and that message will keep being extremely popular.”
Current House Minority Leader and California Rep. Kevin McCarthy has been the odds on favorite to be Speaker if Republicans win back the house but with Trump the only thing that is for certain is that there is not anything that is for certain.