Trump: Plan to Run for House Speaker and 'Wipe Biden Out' Is 'Very Interesting'
Running for Congress in 2022 to lead GOP majority 'might be better' than waiting for 2024
President Donald Trump has expressed strong interest in a plan for him to run for Congress in 2022 and seek the role of House speaker before entering the presidential race in 2024.
Trump described the idea as "very interesting" during an interview with radio host Wayne Allyn Root over the weekend.
The plan would involve Trump starting his political comeback in the House next year, rather than waiting for the next presidential election.
As speaker, Trump could lead Republicans in an effort to "wipe" Joe Biden out with criminal investigations and impeachment proceedings before challenging him for the White House.
During his radio interview with the 45th POTUS, Root pitched the idea of running for a U.S. House seat from Florida next year and then seeking to become House speaker should Republicans win the majority in the 2022 midterm elections.
As the Republican leader, Root told Trump he could "wipe" Biden out and then run for president again in 2024.
"Why not, instead of waiting for 2024, and I'm hoping you'll run in 2024, but why not run in 2022 for the United States Congress?" Root said to Trump.
"A House seat in Florida. Win big.
"Lead us to a dramatic landslide victory.
"Take the House by 50 seats," he continued.
"Then you become the Speaker of the House, lead the impeachment of Biden and start criminal investigations against Biden.
"You'll wipe him out for this last two years," continued the radio host.
Trump appeared to like what he was hearing.
"That's so interesting," Trump said.
"You know, It's very interesting."
He added that other people have suggested he run for Senate, "but you know what, your idea might be better."
Root isn't the first person to float the idea of Trump running for Congress, according to The Blaze.
Back in February, Trump's 2016 campaign strategist Steve Bannon told a group of Republicans in Boston that Trump should unseat Speaker Pelosi and launch an impeachment investigation against Biden.
"We totally get rid of Nancy Pelosi, and the first act of President Trump as Speaker [of the House] will be to impeach Joe Biden for his illegitimate activities of stealing the presidency," Bannon said.
The plan would require several events to break in Trump's favor, however.
First, he'd have to find a House district in Florida where he could win the Republican primary (not difficult) and go on to victory in the general election (more difficult, depending on the district).
Then, Republicans would have to win control of the House and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) would need to be willing to step aside to make way for Trump as speaker.
But a leading Republican like McCarthy putting aside his own ambitions to avoid crossing Trump wouldn't exactly be surprising.
Trump's impending decisions on his political future have frozen most of the Republican candidates who want to run for president in 2024 but do not want to challenge Trump in a primary.
Since losing the White House to Joe Biden, Trump has dropped several hints about his intention to run again but has made no firm commitments to doing so.
Trump's political ambitions remain complicated, however, by a criminal investigation into his business dealings led by New York prosecutors.
A special grand jury was convened at the end of May to consider evidence and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is widely expected to seek criminal charges against Trump.
Trump has slammed the probe as "purely political" and by all indications, he has no intention of letting it interrupt his plans.
He spoke at the North Carolina GOP convention on Saturday, rallying Republicans in the swing state ahead of a crucial Senate election next year.
Later this summer Trump's campaign-style rallies are expected to resume as he travels the nation in support of various Republican candidates.
Is Trump seriously considering a run for U.S. House?
It's impossible to know for sure.
But the media interest in his comments on Root's radio show demonstrates how everyone is waiting to see what Donald Trump will do next.
Senior Trump aide Jason Miller put it this way: "I don't think anyone is having more fun right now than President Donald J. Trump."