Former and perhaps future President Donald J. Trump has reportedly told allies that he could be getting close to announcing a 2024 White House run, something that he has repeatedly teased.
“Former President Donald Trump has privately told allies and aides in recent days that he is seriously considering announcing a 2024 presidential run as early as this summer,” according to a report by CBS News citing “three people close to Trump who requested anonymity in order to share details on private conversations.”
“Even as Trump moves closer to a 2024 run, his deliberations remain fluid. No final decision has been made on whether to run and, if so, when to launch such a bid,” according to the outlet. “Spokespeople for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.”
The outlet states that “Others close to Trump say that his anger toward the televised House Jan. 6 committee hearings is fueling his motivation to run again, and potentially to announce soon. Some people close to Trump said he feels he is not being defended well by Republicans and believes he alone is best positioned to defend himself.”
The news comes as The New York Times reported that an early announcement from Trump – even before the midterms – is a “move designed in part to shield the former president from a stream of damaging revelations emerging from investigations into his attempts to cling to power after losing the 2020 election.”
The Nancy Pelosi concocted spectacle of the one-sided, Soviet-style J6 committee hearings featuring Rep. Liz Cheney in the lead attack dog role have stretched into July with the ex-POTUS being tried in absentia, a process that will almost certainly end with a criminal referral to torpedo a prospective presidential run and the nightmare scenario of an avenging Trump returning similar to the swamp-like Clint Eastwood in “High Plains Drifter,” something that the establishment is determined to prevent at all costs.
“While many Republicans would welcome Mr. Trump’s entry into the race, his move would also exacerbate persistent divisions over whether the former president is the party’s best hope to win back the White House,” the NY Times reports. “The party is also divided over whether his candidacy would be an unnecessary distraction from midterm elections or even a direct threat to democracy.”
The paper also states, “Mr. Trump has also watched as some of his preferred candidates have lost recent primary elections, raising hopes among his potential Republican competitors that voters may be drifting from a politician long thought to have an iron grip on the party,” but acknowledges that “Mr. Trump would enter the race as the clear front-runner, with an approval rating among Republicans around 80 percent.”
Trump responded to the Times’ reporting on Truth Social: “12 WINS & ZERO LOSSES THIS WEEK (Mary Miller won against all odds), 33 & 0 in Texas, 132 & 7 this cycle – there has never been anything like ‘our’ Endorsement – and the Fake News New York Times writes that I may announce an early Presidential run because I haven’t done well with my Endorsements. Actually, doing better than ever, breaking all records. We are dealing with very sick, bad people in the Fake News Media.”
(Image: Screengrab/Truth Social)
The NY Times quoted a number of Republicans on another Trump run.
“I don’t think anyone is inevitable,” said former RNC chairman and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.
Republican strategist Dick Wadhams opined, “Republicans want to win badly in 2022, and it is dawning on many of them that relitigating the 2020 election with Trump’s daily conspiracy diatribes are sure losers.”
“It’s up to him if he runs or not,” South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said in an interview. “But the key to him being successful is comparing his policy agenda and policy successes with what is going on today.”
“There’s some evidence that some Republican voters are trying to slow-walk from Donald Trump,” the paper quoted GOP strategist Scott Jennings. “If you’re in his shoes, you have to try to put that fire out. Because the more it burns, the more it burns.”
In a recent interview with Newsmax, Trump said that it was his belief that the J6 committee’s mission was to prevent him from another White House run in 2024.
“I’m leading in all the polls,” he said. “I’m leading in the Republican polls in numbers that nobody’s ever even seen before, and against Biden and anybody else they run. I’m leading against them,” he said. “This is just a way, look at the dishonesty of this committee. They don’t talk about any of the things that refute Jan. 6. They don’t talk about the election numbers. They don’t analyze the election.
Trump also took to Truth Social to post the results of a new poll that shows him clobbering all GOP competitors if he enters the race.
(Image: Screengrab/Truth Social)
The poll that Trump is referring to is the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll obtained by The Hill which has him as the clear favorite if he runs with 56 percent of GOP voters polled saying that they would back him. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is a distant second with 16 percent with former VP Mike Pence at 7 percent.
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