Donald Trump for Mayor of New York City? Don’t count the former president out. When asked about his interest in a New York mayoral bid Saturday, Trump said, “I would love that!”
The former president was ringside at a boxing match in Hollywood, Florida Saturday, as one of the official commentators on the fight. But Donald also went to his hometown of New York City to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 on the day marking 20 years since the Sept 11th terrorist attacks.
The president got together with a group of NYPD police officers and huddled up to chat and answer some of the officers’ questions. Trump instantly toyed with the idea of running for mayor of New York City when one of New York’s finest asked him if he would run.
Trump called it “an interesting question” and quickly decided he’d love to run for mayor of New York. He told the officers, “We could straighten it out,” to laughter. He said he’d give the officers the okay to “go to town” on crime in the city. “They’d be announcing in one week there’s no crime in this city,” Trump said.
It would not be the first time a U.S. president sought and was elected to another post after serving as president. William Howard Taft, the Ohioan who served as president where he famously got stuck in the White House bathtub, after stepping down from the presidency, was nominated for the Supreme Court and became chief justice, serving into his old age, hanging on to his influence lest “the Bolsheviki” leftist jurisprudence overwhelm U.S. law.
So Donald Trump could run for mayor of New York after being president. Now a current resident of Florida, the former president would have to move back to his old stomping grounds and take up residency again in Trump Tower or something as his primary domicile.
The president still has his eye on the White House, though, after losing his reelection bid to Joe Biden in 2020. With just one term under his belt, Donald Trump is still eligible to run for president and serve one more term. In his few media appearances and photographs since the election, Donald Trump appears very well-rested, vigorous. He even looks to be getting younger after taking some time away from the pressures of the Oval Office.
He seems to be raring for a rematch against Joe Biden in 2024 but has kept quiet about whether he’ll run again. Trump says campaign finance laws don’t permit him to tell if he’ll run again or not at this point when asked. When an officer asked him whether he’ll rerun Saturday, Trump said, “I think you’re going to be very happy.”
Trump has also called “interesting” conservative commentator Wayne Allyn Root’s suggestion to run for Congress, then run for Speaker of the House. A former Trump spokesman clarified later that Trump “has zero desire to be speaker,” a role Nancy Pelosi once bragged is Constitutionally equivalent to the president of the United States.