Ben Carson, the secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development under former President Donald Trump, has said that he thinks Trump can make a comeback.
Carson recently launched American Cornerstone Institute, a conservative advocacy group focused in part on election integrity.
"One of the things that I'm going to be concentrating on, is election integrity," Carson said. "If we don't get election integrity restored, then we're going to have a monopoly [by Democrats], and it's going to go on forever and just get worse."
Carson's group will also focus on those who have been blacklisted on social media after riots at the Capitol building.
The former secretary, one of four Cabinet members who worked with Trump for his entire term, said Trump could "of course" make a comeback. Carson said that the former president is currently working on restoring his presence on social media and the 2022 midterm elections.
Carson said the impeachment trial was a move to kill Trump's political career.
"That's the reason that you know all this effort was put into this ridiculous impeachment. Yeah, they want to make sure that he stayed in his box and didn't come back because they're terrified," Carson said. "Not just Democrats are terrified, but Republicans who are swamp creatures are also afraid."
Carson said Trump and his supporters are currently "in a state of shock," but that could help the former president in the long run.
"It's going to sound kind of strange, but in a way, it's kind of good that the Democrats are in control because people can actually see who they are and what it is that they're trying to do," he said. "I don't think most people would have believed it if it hadn't happened. It is happening, and everyone can see it. And once they get over their shot, I think resistance will begin to grow very significant."