Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), on Tuesday, Feb. 23, predicted that former President Donald Trump would win the Republican Party’s presidential primary in 2024 if he decides to run.
During an interview with The New York Times, Romney said he is “sure” that Trump will continue to “play a role” in the Republican Party.
“He has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party,” Romney said. “I don’t know about his family members, whether they intend to do that, but I expect he will continue playing a role.”
“I don’t know if he’s planning to run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he would win the nomination,” he continued. “I look at the polls, and the polls show that, among the names being floated as potential contenders in 2024, if you put President Trump in there among Republicans, he wins in a landslide.”
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Romney is one of Trump’s most vocal critics in the party and the only Republican senator to vote to convict the former president in both of his impeachments.
When asked if he would campaign against Trump if he ran in 2024, Romney said he would probably support another party candidate.
“I would not be voting for President Trump again. I haven’t voted for him in the past, and I would probably be getting behind somebody who I thought more represented the tiny wing of the republican party that I represent,” he said.
Trump has yet to say whether he plans to run for president again in 2024 but indicated that he has “tremendous support.”
“I won’t say yet [if I’m running again], but I have tremendous support, and I’m looking at poll numbers that are through the roof. … I’m the only guy who gets impeached, and my numbers go up,” he said.
This weekend, the former president will make his first appearance since leaving office at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He reportedly will state he is the leader of the Republican Party and its “presumptive 2024 nominee.”
“Trump effectively is the Republican Party,” Trump senior adviser Jason Miller told Fox News. “The only chasm is between Beltway insiders and grassroots Republicans around the country. When you attack President Trump, you’re attacking the Republican grassroots.”
According to a Suffolk University/USA Today poll, a majority of Trump supporters, 46%, would abandon the Republican Party and join a Trump party should he decide to create one, versus 27% who would stay with the GOP.