During an interview with The New York Times, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) addressed Donald Trump’s future in the Republican Party by saying that the former president would win the GOP nomination “in a landslide” if he decided to make a run for The White House again in 2024.
“He has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party,” Romney told The Times’ DealBook. “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.”
Romney made clear that “a lot can happen between now and 2024” but cited polls that show Trump “would win in a landslide” if he were in the race.
A Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted in the days after his acquittal in the Senate trial showed that 53 percent of Republicans would vote for Trump in the primary. Mike Pence received 12 percent in the poll. All other candidates were in the single digits.
But the Utah Senator made clear that he would not be a supporter of Trump, siding with his smaller caucus instead.
“I would probably be getting behind somebody who I thought more represented the tiny wing of the Republican party that I represent,” he said.
Watch the interview below.
On Donald Trump, Senator Mitt Romney at the DealBook DC Policy Project said: "I don't know if he'll run in 2024 or not, but if he does I'm pretty sure he will win the nomination." #DealBookDC https://t.co/Q6zOBOXHks pic.twitter.com/TK6fE9KLx2
— DealBook (@dealbook) February 24, 2021