Since he left office a year and a half ago, former President Donald Trump has refused to definitively say whether he intends to run for his old job again.
Yet in what could be a game-changing move, some of those who are close to Trump say the ambiguity is about to end.
Insiders divided over when Trump will announce his candidacy
One of them is Jason Miller, who has long served as an adviser to the former president. Miller recently told NBC News that he feels Trump should announce his plans sooner rather than later.
“I’ve laid out my case on why I think he should do it,” NBC News quoted Miller as saying at a Wyoming rally that Trump held over Memorial Day weekend.
“I think that there being clarity about what his intentions are [is important] so he can start building that operation while it’s still fresh in people’s minds and they’re still active — a lot of that can be converted into 2024 action,” Miller went on to add.
However, another Trump insider is reported to have suggested that the former president should hold off on making his agenda known until after this year’s midterm election.
For his part, Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich explained in a series of texts with NBC News that there seems to be a growing desire among voters for the former president to return.
“America was strong, prosperous and greatly respected under President Trump, and that’s why he continues to have unprecedented strength through his endorsement record and the demand for his leadership has never been higher,” Budowich was quoted as saying.
Polls show Biden is running behind Trump
Whenever Trump chooses to signal his intentions, an announcement that he is making another White House run could give Democrats reason to worry.
Polling aggregates compiled by the website FiveThirtyEight show that Trump currently has a 1.4% edge over Biden in terms of popularity. What’s more, Biden is less popular than Trump was at this point in his presidency.
Also of concern is evidence showing a drop in enthusiasm for Biden among African Americans, a crucial voting block for the Democratic Party.
The Hill reported this past weekend that although Pew Research Center data found that Biden received 92% of the black vote in 2020, a recent Washington Post-Ipsos poll found that his support among African Americans has dropped to 70%.