If the Republican Party had any brains at all – and they do – they would do everything in their power to convince Donald Trump to run for president again. Granted, it’s Trump who effectively controls the Party, as he is the most popular presidential candidate in its history, garnering more votes in the 2020 election than any sitting president. Nonetheless, all signs point to Trump as being the GOP candidate in 2024, and he’s barely concealing it himself.
Trump is taking the steps one might expect of an upcoming presidential candidate. He’s hiring staffers in Iowa, increased fundraising, garnered a resurging presence in the national media. His temptation to run has been even greater as of late after seeing Joe Biden’s declining job approval rating and the disastrous decision he’s made since day one of his presidency.
“Trump sees Biden is on the ropes. He wants to throw punches as a combatant, not a heckler from the stands,” America First Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz told a reporter.
Gaetz added that Trump is in no rush to announce his intentions 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.”
Trump’s campaign adviser Jason Miller told revealed on Thursday that the chances of the former president running are “between 99 and 100 percent.”
Another person who has discussed Trump’s plans told a reporter that “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 super PAC is ostensibly to help win back the House and the Senate. If he does that, it makes his position stronger.”
An official announcement likely will not happen before the 2022 midterms, several people close to Trump revealed.
The former president has been active with statements through the super PAC Save America, and has dropped hints of running in private conversations with confidantes and advisers.
Gaetz declined to disclose details of his conversations with Trump but said it was more likely than not the former president will run again. The Congressman said that the GOP regaining control of the Senate and/or the House in next year’s midterms would by the lynchpin in Trump’s decision to pull the trigger for a 2024 run.
While Trump has taken a more hands-on approach with his web ads and has planned several rallies for the fall — including in Iowa and Florida — perhaps the most revealing recent move was the PAC’s hiring of two top operatives from Iowa with the purpose of ensuring America First conservatives get elected.
Iowa traditionally holds the first-in-the-nation presidential contest. Hawkeye State staffers also will help Trump keep an eye on the other potential Republican presidential candidates visiting the caucus state.
Recent polling numbers infer that a Trump vs Biden rematch in 2024 wouldn’t even be a competition. According to the poll, Trump is defeating Biden in a 2024 rematch of last year’s election. Trump was favored by 47% of respondents, while 46% chose Biden.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney