It may be one of the silliest debates in all of American politics today: Will Donald Trump run for President again in 2024?
Duh. Of course he is. Why wouldn’t he? How can anyone in their right mind believe that Trump is simply going to sit this one out? Not after all of the 2020 election claims and the continued rallies. Not after the winks and nods and hints and coded messages about coming back. And especially not after admitting wholeheartedly that he’s the face of the Republican Party. Period.
But there is political value in just how and when that announcement is made, and Trump’s advisers believe that now is not the time.
As former President Donald Trump’s flirtations with another run in 2024 continue, he reportedly came close to making an announcement during the US military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Back in August during the most tense stages of the exit, Trump wanted to make the announcement “right away,” according to three people with direct knowledge who spoke to The Washington Post.
The issue seemed to revolve around Congress.
However, Trump was eventually talked out of it when advisers explained to him how such a move may hurt Republican efforts to retake the House and Senate in the 2022 midterms, as well as logistical challenges on the fundraising front, according to The Post.Advertisement - story continues below
“The biggest point we drove home was that he doesn’t want to own the midterms if we don’t win back the House or Senate,” one of the anonymous advisers told The Post.
Trump’s hints at a 2024 run did continue last week, however, with the former President readily boasting that he’d beat Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in the coming presidential primary, should the Sunshine State legislator decide to give it a go.