The prospect of Donald Trump running for president again in 2024 has been lurking just below the surface of our political discourse since his historic loss against Joe Biden in 2020.
As has been widely publicized, Trump still insists that he in fact defeated Biden and that mass voter fraud perpetrated by the Democratic Party is the sole reason he isn’t sitting in the Oval Office right this moment. His repeated failures to produce so much as a scrap of evidence for this outrageous claim have done nothing to dissuade his gullible supporters from swallowing his lie wholesale.
Many MAGA acolytes are desperate for Trump to run again, adamant in their delusional belief that he was a successful leader despite his myriad failures. While it’s still unclear whether or not the 75-year-old Trump will indeed launch another bid for the White House, there are accumulating signs indicating he might.
Politico reports that “associates” of the former president cite “President Joe Biden’s declining political fortunes amid the resurgence of coronavirus and the Aug.15 fall of Kabul” as increasing the chances that Trump will run. He is apparently churning with “a burning sense of pride and grievance over his loss to Biden,” a description in perfect keeping with what we know of the infamous egomaniac.
“Trump sees Biden is on the ropes. He wants to throw punches as a combatant, not a heckler from the stands,” said alleged sex trafficker and Trump loyalist Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL). Gaetz also stated that Trump is not in a hurry to announce a 2024 candidacy because “the base is rightly loyal to him. And a good rule in politics is to be a candidate for as short a time as necessary.”
While Gaetz declined to reveal the full details of his private conservation with Trump to Politico, he did say that at this stage it seems most likely that Trump will run, with a good showing for Republicans in the 2022 midterm elections likely to increase those odds.
Politico points out a series of decisions in Trumpworld that lend credence to the idea of another presidential run: he’s hired a new communications staffer, added numerous upcoming rallies to his schedule, and is set to make appearances in Iowa and Florida (states that are crucial in launching a campaign). His PAC has hired two well-known political operatives in Iowa that are said to be working towards “advancing Save America’s goals of electing strong, pro-Trump, America First conservatives.”
Another individual who Politico reports has spoken to Trump about his plans said “he really hasn’t decided, but we all think he’ll run … he wants to get in a position to where it’s a turnkey operation once he says yes. So he’s maximizing his position … the PAC is ostensibly to help win back the House and the Senate. If he does that, it makes his position stronger.”
In short, there seems to be a solid chance that our country will once again be subjected to a racist, fearmongering presidential campaign from the worst president in American history. This time around the stakes are even higher given the events of January 6th. If he runs and loses again, there seems to be a high likelihood of further political violence. For the sake of this damaged, divided nation, let’s all hope he chooses instead to remain in Florida and live out his final years in (relative) peace.
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