Without access to his Twitter account and the bully pulpit of the presidency, Donald Trump has maintained a relatively low profile since leaving the White House earlier this year.
That appears to be changing, however, as he explained in a recent television interview in discussing a potential pathway to a second term in 2024.
“We have a very, very good chance”
Citing his continued popularity among GOP voters, Trump revealed during Tuesday’s installment of Fox News Primetime that he is still considering a comeback bid to reclaim his old job.
“Based on every poll, they want me to run again, but we’re going to take a look and we’ll see,” the former president said.
Before making a final decision on that front, however, Trump stressed the importance of securing as many wins as possible in next year’s midterm elections.
“First steps first, we have to see what we can do with the House,” he said. “I think we have a very, very good chance of taking back the House.”
Furthermore, Trump reiterated his belief that the U.S. Senate needs “better leadership” in place, promising that he would announce a decision about 2024 after the upcoming elections. His remarks were likely in reference to rumors surrounding the possible retirement of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), with whom Trump has had a decidedly tense political relationship.
“I think we’re going to do very well”
Last week, McConnell announced his support of a bill in his home state that would force its Democratic governor to appoint a GOP senator should either Kentucky seat become vacant. The move sparked speculation regarding his future in the chamber.
“When you add it all up, I think we’ll do very well in two years and I think we’re going to do very well in four years,” Trump said.
He also used the recent cable news appearance to take aim at changes in state voting laws and procedures prior to November’s election that he believes contributed to irregularities and possible fraud in the reported results of the presidential race.
“The Democrats used COVID in order to do things that they can’t believe they got away with,” Trump declared. “The state legislatures did not approve these changes. Therefore, they’re not allowed.”
His interview this week was not the first time he has flirted with the idea of throwing his hat in the ring again ahead of the 2024 presidential election. During his recent speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump told attendees: “With your help, we will take back the House. We will win the Senate. And then a Republican president will make a triumphant return to the White House. And I wonder who that will be? I wonder who that will be. Who, who will that be? I wonder.”