Former President Donald Trump would win the Republican nomination in 2024, according to his critic and fellow party member Mitt Romney, if he runs again. Senator Romney said at a hypothetical event hosted by the New York Times Tuesday.
Mitt Romney was one of a handful of Republican senators who recently voted in the second impeachment to indict Trump for his role in the Capitol Storm, and the only Republican who found Trump guilty of abuse of power in his first impeachment trial. Romney expects Trump to continue playing a major role in the Republican Party for years to come.
“He has the loudest voice and a lot of influence in my party,” Romney said. “I don’t know if he’s planning to run in 2024, but if he does, I’m sure he will get the nomination.”
The two wings of the Republican Party, the traditionalists like Romney and the Trump supporters, are currently diametrically opposed. Trump still has a big influence on Republican voters. In a recent USA Today poll, 46 percent of Republican voters surveyed said they would vote for Trump if he formed their own party.
Republican Representative Liz Cheney, like Romney from the traditional camp, said in a speech on Tuesday that the party must confront the damage Trump has done with its misleading claims about the election. Cheney, like Romney, was one of the few Republicans to vote against Trump in the latest impeachment.
When former presidential candidate Romney was asked at the online event on Tuesday whether he would face Trump if he ran for office, the Utah senator said he would definitely not vote for Trump.