The American political collective may very well be looking forward to the 2022 midterms in some regard, but it is likely with some timidity. You see, the more important political questions that we have will be answered in the days and weeks following that election, with a great deal of this mystery surrounding one man and one man only: Donald Trump.
The former President has long hinted that he’ll run again, but still nothing is certain. Rumors are that he’ll wait until after the midterms to announce his 2024 plans, likely in hopes of leaving his name off the figurative ballot.
But there is mounting evidence that a decision is coming, and perhaps coming soon.
Former President Donald Trump is bored at Mar-a-Lago and anxious to get back in the political arena — as a candidate, not a kingmaker — according to his advisers, who are divided over whether he should launch a third bid for the presidency as early as this summer.
While many Trump confidants believe he should wait until after November’s midterm elections — and caution that he has not yet made a final decision about running — some say he could move more quickly to harness supporters and deny fuel to the busload of GOP hopefuls in his rearview mirror.Trending:
“I’ve laid out my case on why I think he should do it,” said longtime Trump adviser Jason Miller, who traveled with the former president to a rally in Wyoming over Memorial Day weekend. “I think that there being clarity about what his intentions are [is important] so he can start building that operation while it’s still fresh in people’s minds and they’re still active — a lot of that can be converted into 2024 action.”
There have been some serious clues, too.
Two people in Trump’s orbit told NBC News they had been asked informally to hold July 4 as a date for a possible announcement, but Miller — noting that Trump hasn’t yet decided to run — said it is “not true” that the day has been reserved, even unofficially, for a launch.
Without specifically addressing the question of timing, Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich said in a text exchange with NBC News that he sees growing public appetite for a Trump comeback.
“America was strong, prosperous and greatly respected under President Trump, and that’s why he continues to have unprecedented strength through his endorsement record and the demand for his leadership has never been higher,” Budowich said.
The news comes just days after Trump’s former Vice President Mike Pence made comments alluding to his own potential run for the presidency, with those statements earning a harsh and swift rebuke from the former Commander in Chief.