Donald Trump confirmed his intention to go to the polls in 2024
Donald Trump announced his new presidential bid Tuesday night while speaking at his resort residence in Florida, hoping to get ahead of potential Republican rivals and repeat his false claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
Donald Trump’s aides filed their presidential bid papers tonight shortly before his speech began.
“America’s comeback begins right now,” Trump said as he addressed the crowd of donors and longtime supporters.
Trump’s statement at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach followed the disappointing result of last week’s congressional midterm elections, which many Republicans blame for his failures.
Hours before his speech, Trump supporters began filling a ballroom decorated with lavish chandeliers and dozens of American flags.
Trump’s unusually early campaign launch may well have been aimed at thwarting potential contenders for the Republican Party nomination in 2024, including “rising star” Florida Governor Ron Desantis, 44, and former Vice President Mike Pence, 63.
This came as Republicans approached the 218 seats they need to control the 435-seat U.S. House of Representatives.
Sources close to Donald Trump, 76, said he decided to run despite the mixed results of his endorsements this year, which led to the losses of Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania and Don Bolduc in New Hampshire, contributing to the Republicans’ failure to win a majority in the Senate.
Another Trump-supported candidate, former soccer player Herschel Walker, is forced to run in a runoff in Georgia on Dec. 6. Walker will be running against Democratic Senator Rafael Warnock.
Fears have arisen that this announcement by Trump could again diminish the party’s chances in a runoff election in Georgia, similar to what happened in the January 2021 runoff that brought Democrats their current majority in the Senate.
Several Trump-supporting candidates who ran with campaign platforms centered on the same claims of widespread election fraud were also defeated.
Conservative columnist Mark Thiessen urged Trump not to run again: “This should be a wake-up call for Trump. He cannot become president based on his base alone,” Thiessen wrote in a column in the Washington Post.
“His behavior after losing office has made him unelectable,” Thiessen added.
Jason Miller, a Trump adviser, said the former president would urge his supporters to support Walker in a speech he called “visionary.” According to Miller, Trump decided to make his announcement now to “excite” Republicans.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted before the midterm elections found that 53 percent of Americans and nearly one in four Republicans view Trump negatively.
However, the same poll showed that the same number of Americans have a negative view of Biden.
Trump plans to launch his campaign nearly two years before the November 5, 2024 election, despite the above concerns.
On Tuesday, Mike Pence released a book detailing Trump’s unsuccessful pressure campaign to undo his defeat in 2020.
Desantis, whom Trump has given the derisive nickname “Ron DeSanctimonious,” , was easily re-elected last week.
On Tuesday afternoon, a plane carrying a banner reading “You lost again, Donald! #Desantis2024” circled over Mar-a-Lago.