And with that, the “Donald Trump 2024” trial balloon was launched.
See, Donald Trump is aware of he is misplaced this election. Sure, he’ll proceed to tweet about fraud (all baseless) and push longshot lawsuits for so long as the authorized system permits. However he is aware of that it is a misplaced trigger. And since Trump is all the time enthusiastic about tips on how to survive to combat one other day, he is already begun to place himself for a protracted flirtation with a re-run for president in 2024. And this tweet is solely one a part of that plan.
Do not consider me? Check out Trump’s maniacal efforts to boost cash within the wake of the loss to President-elect Joe Biden.
Even other than these efforts, any pupil of Trump’s life — out and in of politics — is aware of that it is a man who will NEVER willingly surrender the nationwide highlight. He spent his total life feeling as if he was being excluded from the fanciest golf equipment — actually and figuratively — by the so-called “elites.” His 2016 victory was him barging into the room — and everybody who had turned their noses up at him prior to now being compelled to not simply acknowledge him however kowtow to him.
You assume he’ll stroll away from that? No method, no how.
As a substitute, the subsequent few years are more likely to play out one thing like this:
1) Trump by no means truly concedes that he misplaced the election, insisting — details be damned! — that he was cheated out of it. That preserves the concept — in his thoughts and that of his pliant base — that he’s nonetheless the final word winner.
2) Trump makes use of his Twitter feed to proceed to advertise his private and political model. That features — however is just not restricted to — touting any and each ballot that reveals him both as the preferred Republican within the social gathering or nicely forward of all different potential contenders within the 2024 race, operating down Republicans who break from his insurance policies in any method and rewriting the historical past of his 4 years in workplace as a time of large success on all fronts.
3) He travels the nation holding marketing campaign rallies — ostensibly for different GOP candidates however actually for him — that evoke the carnival-like ambiance of his 2016 and 2020 campaigns.
4) He calls into quite a lot of his favourite reveals — “Hannity” on Fox Information, Newsmax, and so on. — to speak in regards to the state of the nation. When requested about whether or not he may run once more, Trump makes clear that he hears from individuals every single day who need him to (this may occasionally or might not truly be true) and leaves the door extensive open to a second bid.
Does Trump truly run once more in 2024? Arduous to know. The reality is that except one thing drastic occurs throughout the base of the GOP over the subsequent few years, it is very arduous to see how anybody might beat Trump in a presidential main.
Whether or not or not Trump finally runs, he’ll spend so long as he can milking the likelihood that he may run. He’ll do that not as a result of it’s good for the Republican Celebration however as a result of it’s good for him, politically and personally.
Which is what this has all the time been about anyway.