Even though he has lost his bid for a second term, President Donald Trump has let his supporters know that his political career is far from over.
The president did so in a statement that he released on Thursday.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted,” the president said. “While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!”
The rumors appear to be true
Since November, a number of individuals, close to the president, have suggested that he would run again in the future, were he to officially lose to Biden.
Among them was former acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. Right after Election Day, in early November, Mulvaney said that President Trump would “absolutely” stay in politics and would “likely” run again for president if he lost to Biden.
Many are interpreting the presidents’ recent statement – that “it’s ‘the end of the greatest first term‘ and ‘only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again'” – to imply that Trump does intend to run again. He has yet to directly make such a statement, although there have been reports that he is considering it.
He’s already the favorite
If President Trump does choose to run again, then it appears that he would be favored to at least be the Republican nominee in 2024.
Since November, there have been polls that have indicated that Republicans overwhelmingly would favor President Trump in 2024 as their presidential candidate.
Fox News also recently released a report stating that President Trump is “the clear Republican ‘front-runner’ in [the] next White House race.” Fox based this on the fact that President Trump is going to be featured at the upcoming annual winter meeting of the Republican National Committee (RNC).
A key question . . .
. . . will be whether what occurred at the Capitol on Wednesday will hurt President Trump as a political candidate going forward. Since then, even members of his own party have accused Trump of being at least partly responsible for the storming of the Capitol building.
The Washington Examiner, however, put out a report suggesting that incident will not hurt Trump. The report reads:
[G]rassroots Republicans overwhelmingly agree with Trump’s argument that he beat Biden in a landslide and was cheated out of a second term through broad, coordinated conspiracy, and GOP strategists in Rust Belt states that fueled the 45th president’s rise say he remains in strong contention for their support four years hence if he mounts a third White House bid.
When Trump placed a telephone call to a meeting of RNC members gathered in Florida for the party’s annual winter business meeting, he was met with robust applause.
Establishment types on both sides ought to just accept the fact that President Trump isn’t going anywhere.