The possibility of a second, nonconsecutive Trump presidency is unbearable but not impossible. The disgraced former president will be eligible to run in 2024. While he remains deeply unpopular and would likely lose to the Democratic candidate—whether it’s an incumbent Joe Biden or someone else—that reality might not be enough to dissuade the infamously egomaniacal Trump.
Donald still maintains the lie that he won the 2020 election and that the presidency is rightfully his. On numerous occasions, he has teased the idea of running again, though admittedly these insinuations could be nothing more than a desperate bid for post-presidency attention. If he does run and does lose, then it’s deeply unlikely that he will accept the results and we could easily see a repeat of January 6th. The prospect is chilling.
The Hill reports that in an interview with right-winger Lisa Boothe set to release later today, Trump once again raises the specter of a 2024 White House bid.
“We won it twice. I’ve won it twice and now I have to win it again. I guess if we’re going to save the country, look … I’ll make a decision,” Trump said on the podcast The Truth with Lisa Booth.
Trump, of course, did not win the election twice and it’s unclear at this point if he has actually deluded himself into believing his own lies about mass voter fraud or if he’s simply pandering to his gullible supporters.
“It won’t be maybe for a little while,” the former president went on. “You know, a lot of people would like to see a decision immediately, but perhaps there’s also a big group, including maybe myself, that would like to see it after the midterms.
As he so often does, Trump also used the interview to go after President Biden, hypocritically taking him to task over the southern border—where Trump himself oversaw the incredibly cruel and Draconian family separation policies—while also criticizing Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan even though he himself advocated for an even sooner removal of troops from the region.
“Nobody’s ever seen embarrassment like this, between the border and Afghanistan [but] I guess Afghanistan blows everything away. There’s never been anything like that … such stupidity and incompetence so I think you’re going to be very happy,” said Trump. He went on to claim that he would have handled the Afghanistan situation better than his successor.
“We had [Afghanistan] so under control, like you wouldn’t believe I dealt with a, I dealt with the Taliban at the highest level,” he went on. “The military would have come out last, not first. That was the big mistake — they took the military and they left 35 or 45,000 people right in harm’s way. This was a horrible miscarriage.”
No serious person can listen to these remarks and conclude that Trump is qualified to step back into the Oval Office, but at this point, no serious person would ever consider voting for him again. Hopefully, he has no intention of running and is simply fishing for headlines. This country deserves a chance to heal and as long as this monster is forcing himself into our political discourse that cannot happen.
This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.