So far, Trump has not said whether he would serve as speaker if asked. But he might find appealing the idea of being the chosen one if the Republicans win the House next year — all without having to face the possibility of another humiliating defeat because his name wouldn’t actually be on the ballot.
It’s true that the position of House speaker doesn’t have anything resembling the power of the presidency — especially if the Democrats retain control of the Senate. But as speaker, Trump could again attract the media attention he so desperately craves. He could also undermine the Biden administration’s agenda by taking up time leading non-stop (baseless) impeachment inquiries into both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris — something a GOP-controlled House might be only too happy to support.
If the GOP goes this route it will make the 2022 election a referendum on American democracy — and I’m confident more Americans will choose our democracy over Trumpism.
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