Despite a year in exile, former President Donald Trump continues to cast a large shadow over national politics — keeping Democrats and establishment Republicans on a vigilant watch.
A recent Reuters poll is just the latest evidence that a Trump–Biden rematch in 2024 is likely. According to the New York Post, the survey found that Trump continues to enjoy a commanding lead over all potential competitors for the presidential nomination, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R).
Trump still dominating
The December poll found that 54% of Republican voters would support Trump. DeSantis trailed behind at 11%, and 8% chose former Vice President Mike Pence.
Trump’s commanding lead comes despite a concerted effort by Democrats and Republican anti-Trumpers to banish him and his supporters from political life, using the Jan. 6 Capitol riot as a pretext.
As the anniversary of the “insurrection” approaches, Democrats appear far from satisfied that Trump, who was banned from social media while still a sitting president, no longer poses a threat to them.
Many of Trump’s most vocal supporters, such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), have also faced social media bans for daring to question Biden’s legitimacy, but Trump remains defiant.
According to Breitbart, the Republican leader is planning a press conference on Jan. 6 calling out what he says is the real insurrection — the “rigged” 2020 election — as a response to an expected blitz of solemn propaganda from the Democrats.
Trump going strong
Trump’s apparent rise comes as his political rival has suffered an incredible collapse.
Biden entered office last January with coaxing rhetoric about “normalcy,” “unity,” and “healing,” but the country has since seen a marked decline in living standards, and divisions have deepened, thanks in no small part to Biden’s vicious demagoguery.
Of course, it’s not exactly clear that Biden — who Trump derided as an aging “puppet” on the 2020 campaign trail — will be able to serve out a complete term. Adding to the Democratic party’s woes is their lack of a clear successor in Vice President Kamala Harris, who has proven profoundly unpopular.
For his part, Trump has teased at a 2024 run — saying in November that many people will be “very happy” with his decision — but has yet to make a formal announcement.