'The art of the comeback': Matt Gaetz calls on Trump to run in 2024

February 24, 2021
In The News

After "the art of the deal" comes "the art of the comeback," according to Rep. Matt Gaetz.

The Florida congressman predicted former President Donald Trump will run for a second, nonconsecutive term in 2024 during a Sunday evening broadcast of The Next Revolution With Steve Hilton on Fox News.

"I believe that the future of the GOP is another candidacy for President Trump in 2024," said Gaetz, who noted Trump was "talking, absolutely, like a candidate" when he visited with the former president in Florida on Saturday.

Gaetz also argued that the Republican Party continues to be plagued by intraparty warfare in the post-Trump era, exemplified by the dual rise of Reps. Liz Cheney, who voted to impeach Trump, and Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has remained steadfastly loyal to the former president while fending off criticism of her controversial past.

"I don't see a Republican Party that is entirely united. ... There is the 'America first,' pro-Trump wing of the party, and there is the establishment wing of the party, and the establishment wants their power back," he said. The GOP must undergo a "reformation in this church of a Republican Party" by acknowledging that Cheney's wing of the party supports endless wars, unfettered immigration, and unfair trade deals, Gaetz added.

There have been other signs of a schism in the Republican Party. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly never wants to speak to the former president again, and Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas vowed not to support a Trump run in 2024.

The criticism also extends to some of Trump's former top officials. Nikki Haley, who served as the former president's ambassador to the United Nations, broke with Trump earlier this month, predicting that he won't pursue another run because "he let [Republicans] down."

“I don’t think he’s going to be in the picture,” Haley said, suggesting that the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill siege permanently damaged Trump's political career. “I don’t think he can. He’s fallen so far.”