Amid much speculation about his future in politics, and with the Republican Party in particular, former President Donald Trump gave Newsmax an interview in which he indicated that he could run for president again.
During an interview with Newsmax’s Greg Kelly on Wednesday, the 45th president refused to commit to a second White House offer, but left the audience with some juicy teasers.
After Kelly asked him if he would run again, Trump said, “Well, we have tremendous support. I won’t say yet, but we have tremendous support. “
“I look at polls that go through the roof. … I am the only one who is charged and my numbers are increasing. Find out. … Usually your numbers go down. They would go down like a lead balloon. “
Democrats and the GOP establishment are scared. https://t.co/3qJK0AvOt6
– Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 18, 2021
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Speculation about Trump’s candidacy for president in 2024 – in the event that he lost the 2020 election – began before election day.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) set a solid path for a second offering while appearing on the Brian Kilmeade Show: “I would encourage him to consider it. Over the next four years, create an organization and platforms to keep his movement alive. “
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While Democrats and the media fervently hope Donald Trump will only quietly withdraw to Mar-a-Lago, there is no indication that it will.
If Trump chooses not to run in 2024, other options that have been mentioned are the idea of creating a third party as a challenge to Republicans who never founded Trump.
Another prospect for Trump is that he will remain very active in the Republican Party. Trump has called on Republicans like Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after McConnell blamed him for the January 6th Capitol uprising.
Trump has stated on multiple occasions that he will focus on supporting all primary challengers to members of the Never Trump establishment in both the House and Senate.
The numbers seem to confirm Republican voters who want Trump to play an important role in the party’s future.
In a poll by Politico / Morning Consult, 53% want Trump to run again, and a national poll by Quinipiac University shows that “three in four Republicans want Trump to play a bigger role in the GOP”.
A new poll by POLITICO / Morning Consult, conducted in the days following the Senate trial, shows that despite the gripping presentation and video depicting Trump’s role in the January 6th rampage, the GOP is the undisputed one Trump’s party remains. Https://t .co / I2FYC2gkdC
– POLITICAL (@political) February 16, 2021
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There were hints of the future
As early as October last year, there were indications that Donald Trump would not cope with the presidency even if he lost in 2020.
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon made an accurate prediction.
Bannon told The Australian that “2020 will not be the end of Donald Trump” and that “if for any reason the election is stolen or Joe Biden is declared the winner in any way, Trump will announce that he is is. ” will stand for re-election in 2024. ”
At the White House Christmas party in December, Trump himself teased during a live stream to the Oklahoma Republican Party that “we’re trying to get another four years” in relation to the electoral disputes that were ongoing at the time.
Trump added, “But otherwise I’ll see you in four years.”
Trump at the Christmas party in the White House: “It’s been an amazing four years. We’ll try to do another four years, otherwise we’ll see you in four years.”
h / t @ZekeJMiller, @colvinj pic.twitter.com/72Q3bVY3jP
– Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) December 2, 2020
Exclusive: Trump’s plans for president in 2024. Steve Bannon predicts that if Trump loses the election, he will run again in 2024. “You won’t see the end of Donald Trump,” he says. https://t.co/TzPeKvoAIb
– Sharri Markson (@SharriMarkson) October 18, 2020
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What could be between Trump and 2024?
RNC chairman Ronna McDaniel recently stated in an interview with the Associated Press that the RNC would remain neutral and would not actively support Trump if he did decide to run again.
McDaniel said she would prefer Trump to help the GOP “win back majorities in 2022”.
There is a visible split between the McConnell wing of the party and the Trump wing.
Trump recently attacked McConnell as “weak”, calling him a “grumpy, sullen and unsmiling political hack”. Trump and McConnell have exchanged words in the past.
Average Republicans seem to be on Donald Trump’s side and tired of establishing Republicans like Mitch McConnell.
An Axios / Ipsos poll shows large numbers of Republicans ready to vote for Trump again in 2024.
Whatever Donald Trump decides in the future, he will have millions of MAGA Republicans behind him. It would be in the establishment’s best interest to look out for it.
NEW: 2024 primary poll shows Trump dominates:
Donald Trump 53%
Mike Pence 12%
Donald Trump Jr. 6%
Nikki Haley 6%
Mitt Romney 4%
Ted Cruz 4%
Marco Rubio 2%
Mike Pompeo 2%
Josh Hawley 1%
Tom Cotton 1%
Tim Scott 1%
Kristi Noem 1%
Larry Hogan 1%
Rick Scott 0% https: //t.co/zZhuv0pIac
– Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) February 16, 2021