Donald Trump: Republican insider suggest Trump will run for presidency in 2024
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Donald Trump’s administration ended in disaster in January 2021 when the former president appeared to encourage his supporters to storm the US Capitol. The attack resulted in Mr Trump being removed from all major social media sites including Twitter, which he used regularly to make inflammatory statements to rile up his supporters. After attempting in vain to overturn the election result which put Joe Biden in the White House, only the ex-president’s key supporters have been paying close attention to his moves, while the rest of the world moves on from his four years in office.
So where is Mr Trump now and what has he been up to?
Mr Trump has spent his time since the presidency at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida – and while he has largely stayed out of the limelight, the former leader is plotting his return to public life.
The 75-year-old and his team have been working on a new social media platform, which plans to produce “anti-woke” news for Americans.
Launching the TRUTH Social platform, Mr Trump said it would “stand up to the tyranny of big tech”, accusing them of silencing opposing voices in the US.
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He said: “We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favourite American President has been silenced.”
The site will see its nationwide rollout in the first few months of 2022, according to a statement released by Trump Media & Technology Group.
The new app looks remarkably similar to Twitter, a former favourite of Mr Trump – but at this early stage, it is difficult to tell whether the site will gain traction, as previous US attempts to grow alternative “conservative social space” have failed.
The former president will also be giving his version of events of his time in office in an upcoming book, which has so far been kept under wraps.
Mr Trump said he has already turned down two deals from “the most unlikely of publishers” – but declined to say which publishers these were.
He is no stranger to writing books with his 1987 book The Art of the Deal being a New York Times bestseller.
Third, in the former president’s list of tasks to get him back into the forefront of US politics is a supposed attempt to run for the White House in the 2024 election.
The ex-president has continued to hold rallies for his more die-hard fans, most recently with a gathering in Iowa, where he told supporters “we’re going to take America back”.
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He is also endorsing candidates for federal and statewide office – and strangely claiming the credit for when they succeed, as was the case when Glenn Youngkin won in Virginia last week.
Mr Trump still maintains a considerable grip on much of the Republican voter base – and pundits believe this could amount to another run in 2024.
Chris Wilson, a longtime Republican strategist and pollster who worked on Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign, said: “Everything he’s doing could morph into a 2024 campaign quite easily, but it also keeps him in the public eye and with a strong base of political power if he decides to play kingmaker in the primary and do something else instead.”
Given Mr Biden’s abysmal polling figures of late, spurred by the disastrous exit from Afghanistan this summer, Mr Trump is regaining support among Americans.
The latest ratings from Smarkets show Mr Trump is up to a 22 percent chance of being re-elected come the 2024 election, while Mr Biden’s odds have fallen down to just a 15 percent chance.
Smarkets Head of Political Markets, Matthew Shaddick, said: “This result is likely to be seen as a reflection on President Biden’s current poor approval ratings and his chance of re-election on Smarkets is now just 15 percent, a startlingly low number for an incumbent president and way below anything we saw for Trump while he was in the White House.
“The odds for the GOP regaining the House moved from 71 percent to 80 percent overnight. Their chance of winning control of both the House and the Senate also rose from 52 percent to 62 percent.
“This result is likely to be seen as a reflection on President Biden’s current poor approval ratings and his chance of re-election on Smarkets is now just 15 percent, a startlingly low number for an incumbent president and way below anything we saw for Trump while he was in the White House.”
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