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Trump as House speaker would be the ‘duck-billed platypus’ of politics

Donald Trump is running for president again in 2024.

But there was a brief period earlier this month when the former president was also running for speaker.

Only one person has ever served as both House speaker and president. But certainly not at the same time. James Polk was elected House speaker by his colleagues from 1835 to 1839 while he was a congressman from Tennessee. Later, from 1845 to 1849, Polk served as president.

It was always doubtful Trump would ever become speaker of the House. It was a mathematical impossibility for the former president to win the speakership on the House floor. But amid an astonishing leadership vacuum atop the legislative branch of the United States, it should come as no surprise that some Republicans – and even former President Trump himself – were shopping him as a potential successor to former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

 

Former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and former Reps. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., and Candice Miller, R-Mich., have also commanded votes on the floor in recent weeks.

But a Trump speakership? It’s unlikely to happen. But like the duckbilled platypus, would be difficult to categorize in political taxonomy.

Chad Pergram currently serves as a senior congressional correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in September 2007 and is based out of Washington, D.C.

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