Former President Donald Trump was defeated by Joe Biden in both the electoral and popular vote, but he will not go away quietly as we’ve all witnessed. Trump still hasn’t conceded the presidential race that he lost to Biden over seven months ago. According to Politico’s Playbook, Trump has confided in allies that he intends to run again in 2024 with one caveat: That he still has a clean bill of health, according to what two sources told the outlet. That certainly doesn’t sound as if Trump is confident about his health.
“Trump is going to dangle his potential bid over the GOP like a water balloon over a freshly styled head of hair,” the outlet reports.
“And despite congressional Republicans mostly praising him in public — apart from the handful of usual suspects — he’s actually facing skepticism from surprising corners of the GOP,” the report continues.
“President Trump did a lot of good. But he squandered a lot of his legacy after what happened after Nov. 3. And I think that’s a shame,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told Politico. “Running for president, you’re under a lot of scrutiny. And all I can say is there’s a lot to talk about.”
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“Quite a few Republicans want fresh skin in the game,” the outlet reports. “They will privately say that they would prefer that Trump take a back seat and help the party, but not seek to be the GOP nominee again.”
The report notes the “lawmakers who are essentially thinking: Dear Lord, please not again. Members like Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) have already made their position clear, but this is a sentiment shared by some who are keeping quiet about their disapproval — at least for now.”
“The other headache for Republicans: Trump claiming he is running again helps him stay relevant and influential in the GOP,” the report adds. “But some fear that if he is not serious about running again, he is putting the growing field of potential 2024 candidates who want to challenge President Joe Biden at a disadvantage.”
I personally don’t think Trump will actually run again unless he wants revenge on his party for some reason. It’s always a grift with Trump, so I’m sure he’ll gladly accept donations while he dangles a potential run in 2024 in his supporters’ email accounts.
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