Amid rampant speculation about former President Donald Trump’s future political plans, some intriguing hints about what could transpire in the coming weeks or months came straight from his own son on Saturday night, as Fox News reports.
Ahead of his father’s speech at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Florida later that night, Donald Trump Jr. did not discount the possibility that the former commander in chief could declare himself a 2024 presidential candidate ahead of the fall midterms, a prospective timeline that has drawn significant interest in recent weeks.
“I don’t know. I mean, that’s gotta be sort of up to him,” Trump Jr. said on the topic. “He’s gonna see what he wants to do, how he’s feeling. I think he’s pretty honest with himself about it, he added.
“You know, if he wakes up one morning and he sort of feels like Joe Biden looks on a daily basis, he’ll probably say, ‘my time is no longer,’” the former first son jocularly added, before noting, “[t]hat said, I think he’s got more energy than any human being I know, so I’m probably not too worried about that ever happening.”
Trump Jr.’s remarks were followed closely by his father’s own comments teasing a possible run, made in the aforementioned Tampa speech in which he said he won the 2016 election and was the rightful winner of the 2020 contest, adding, “now we may just have to do it again,” as Fox News reported separately.
While Trump remains coy when it comes to formally throwing his hat into the ring, growing numbers of commentators and insiders seem to believe that his candidacy is a foregone conclusion, with Rich Lowry of National Review recently saying, “I think there’s probably, maybe, a 15% chance he doesn’t run, but very likely, he’s in.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who speaks with Trump frequently, told Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade earlier this month, that the former president is “very inclined to run” because the country is now “broken in so many areas,” and that President Joe Biden’s policies are to blame.
“I think he has unfinished business. I talked to him yesterday,” Graham said at the time, adding, “[h]e’s dismayed at how the border’s so broken how bad the country is,” further noting, “[h]e’s got a good life, but I think he feels the need to get back in the game.”
According to Politico some GOP insiders hope that Trump – if he chooses to run – will hold off an making any announcements until after the November midterms, but in Graham’s estimation, “the sooner he announces the more focused he gets on the future,” but as is always the case with the former president, he will assuredly proceed only as he sees fit, regardless of what the supposed conventional wisdom on the matter may suggest.