Almost immediately after he left office in early 2021, former President Donald Trump began to hint at making another White House run.
However, a new report suggests that Trump could soon be ready to officially announce his re-election plans.
Aides are said to be “scrambling” ahead of a possible announcement
According to a New York Times article published on Friday, Trump may be prepared to formally throw his hat into the ring “as early as this month.”
As a result, aides are said to be “scrambling to build out basic campaign infrastructure” ahead of an announcement that could be made via social media.
The story noted that some members of the former president’s party are worried that a summer announcement could have the effect of increasing Democratic turnout in this year’s midterm elections.
One of them is Dick Wadhams, a Republican strategist who previously served as chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.
He expressed a concern that putting Trump in the spotlight could take the focus off of kitchen table issues and put it back on the former president’s complaints of a rigged 2020 election
“Republicans want to win badly in 2022, and it is dawning on many of them that relitigating the 2020 election with Trump’s daily conspiracy diatribes are sure losers,” he was quoted as saying.
Poll: Trump leads Biden in a hypothetical rematch
On the other hand, the piece claimed that Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham feels Trump would be better off making his intentions known sooner rather than later.
“It’s up to him if he runs or not,” Graham declared. “But the key to him being successful is comparing his policy agenda and policy successes with what is going on today.”
According to a polling aggregate published by the website FiveThirtyEight, President Joe Biden is almost three points less popular than Trump was at this point in his presidency.
What’s more, The Hill reported that an Emerson poll put out last week found that Trump has a five-point lead over Biden in a hypothetical rematch. In the survey, Trump was supported by 44% of respondents whereas Biden was backed by 39%. Another 12% indicated plans to vote for someone else.