Prior to former President Donald Trump’s rally on Saturday night in Alabama, it was widely reported that the former president was expected to come close — his closest yet — to announcing a possible 2024 presidential run. Whether he’ll actually mount one remains the No. 1 question in all of politics.
While those predictions didn’t shake out quite as expected by some, the 45th president hinted that he’s far from out of the political game, telling the crowd of thousands, “Our movement is far from over, in fact, our fight has just begun,” WBHM reported.
Trump rips Biden
Not surprisingly, Trump spent a vast portion of his rally speech slamming President Joe Biden, particularly on his foreign policy blunder currently unfolding on the ground in Afghanistan, where thousands of Americans remain trapped behind enemy lines.
“Biden failed totally on the pandemic and he’s now overseeing the greatest foreign policy humiliation in the history of the United States of America,” the former president said, according to WBHM.
Trump added: “This is not a withdrawal, this is a total surrender. They [Afghans] don’t respect us and this is what happens when you have weakness in the White House. Under my administration, everyone in the world knew not to mess with America.”
Trump went on to slam Biden on the COVID-19 vaccine situation, which he claimed was off to a great start under his presidency, until Biden took over and essentially drove it off the tracks.
“He didn’t stop the virus,” Trump told the large audience. “He’s done a terrible job, including on vaccinations and now the virus is back.”
What about 2024?
Trump, so far, has refrained from announcing definitively whether or not he will run again for the U.S. presidency in 2024 and has explained that his hesitation has to do with campaign finance rules. Nonetheless, Trump and his allies have virtually assured his supporters that Trump will indeed run again in 2024.
Mark Meadows, Trump’s former chief of staff, recently revealed that Trump has been holding meetings with his “Cabinet members” to discuss “what does come next,” both in terms of 2022 and 2024. And Meadows specifically said at the time, “We wouldn’t be meeting tonight if we weren’t making plans to move forward in a real way, with President Trump at the head of that ticket.”
Sen. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who joined Trump on the rally stage on Saturday night, referred to Trump as the “future president,” while going on to talk about “second coming of President Donald J. Trump.”
Trump also recently told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he thinks his supporters “will be happy” with his decision regarding the 2024 election.
There are plenty of indications that Trump will run again in 2024. However, most reports suggest that his supporters shouldn’t expect a formal announcement until after the 2022 midterm elections wrap up.