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Trump tells Fox Business it's 'highly unlikely' he'll run for a House seat in 2022

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Donald Trump speaking with the media at Joint Base Andrews on January 12. REUTERS/Carlos Barria TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
  • Former President Donald Trump poured cold water on the latest theory surrounding his comeback.

  • In a Monday call-in on Fox Business Network, he said he wouldn't run for a House seat in 2022.

  • The rumor was that he could become speaker if the GOP retook the House.

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Former President Donald Trump said it's "highly unlikely" he would seek a House seat in 2022.

In an interview on Fox Business Network, Trump poured cold water on the latest conservative media theory about how he might return to power.

"Well, so many people are saying that I should run in '22, and I think that's highly unlikely, but they do say that a lot," Trump said.

"You know, there's a whole theory behind that," he added with a chuckle. "We won't get into that."

Trump did say once again that he's looking at running for president again in 2024.

The 2022 theory began with a right-wing talk-radio host who speculated that Trump could run in a safe district and become House speaker if the GOP were to flip the majority in the 2022 midterms.

Theoretically, anyone could become speaker because the Constitution does not explicitly limit it to sitting members of Congress.

"Then you become the speaker of the House, lead the impeachment of Biden and start criminal investigations against Biden. You'll wipe him out for this last two years," the host Wayne Allyn Root suggested Friday.

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Trump also repeated his lies about the 2020 election during his call-in with the Fox Business host Stuart Varney. "I won the election, but they cheated," he said.

The former president went on to praise Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia for his continued commitment to maintaining the Senate filibuster, which makes 60 votes - instead of a simple majority - the required threshold to pass most legislation. "It's a very important thing," Trump said twice.

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He also voiced a baseless conspiracy theory against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and said he remained barred from social-media platforms because the companies were run by "radical left crazy people" who Trump said "don't want to hear a sane voice."

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