In a surprising twist of political dynamics, former President Donald Trump has declared his readiness to step into the role of Speaker of the House of Representatives, albeit temporarily. This unexpected move comes as the Republican Party grapples with internal divisions, and Trump sees himself as a potential unifying force.
The recent ousting of Rep. Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House, initiated by Rep. Matt Gaetz, has left the GOP in search of new leadership. In response to this vacuum, Trump has revealed that he’s been approached by several members of Congress who view him as the ideal candidate to bridge the party’s divides.
“I have been asked to serve as a unifier because I have so many friends in Congress,” Trump shared with Fox News Digital. He went on to explain that he’s considering this temporary speakership role due to his presidential ambitions, emphasizing that it’s not a position he desires but one he would assume if necessary.
Though Trump did not disclose the names of those who approached him, it’s clear that a substantial number of GOP lawmakers have expressed their preference for him as Speaker. Notably, both Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana have thrown their hats into the ring for the Speaker position.
Trump underscored his primary focus on his presidential campaign but mentioned that he would be willing to take on the speakership for a short duration, possibly 30, 60, or 90 days, solely for the sake of the party’s unity.
Back in January, during the Speaker selection process, Gaetz famously voted for Trump instead of McCarthy or any other candidate. When Gaetz’s name was called, he boldly responded with “Donald John Trump,” making his allegiance to the former president abundantly clear.
Trump is planning to visit Washington, D.C., where he intends to engage with members of the House Republican Conference as they deliberate on their next Speaker. While he did not divulge his choice for Speaker, sources suggest that Trump maintains strong relationships with both Jordan and Scalise.
As Trump remains the frontrunner in the 2024 Republican presidential primary race, recent polls indicate that he enjoys significant support among Republican primary voters. With a commanding lead, Trump holds the trust of 60% of GOP voters, according to a recent Fox News poll.
In a field crowded with potential contenders, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy are among the only candidates receiving double-digit support. However, Trump’s popularity remains unmatched within the party.
As the GOP navigates its internal dynamics and seeks a path forward, Trump’s willingness to temporarily assume the role of Speaker demonstrates his commitment to Republican unity and his aspirations for the presidency once more.