Donald Trump, the only President to be impeached twice, has announced his 2024 presidential run.
“Our country is being destroyed before our very eyes,” the former President claims in his hour-long speech on Tuesday at his Mar-O-Lago residency.
He seems to have strayed from his consistent messaging campaign “Make America Great Again”, instead, opting for the more passive slogan “America’s comeback starts now”.
Two years after he was ousted, it is evident which parts of his announcements were scripted for him and which were offhand.
For the first time in what seems like forever he emphasised a collective approach to this campaign:
“Together we will be taking on the most corrupt forces and entrenched interests imaginable”
He then continues on this togetherness approach, but veers off into one of his thousands of wild claims that ethnic groups have never assimilated before.
“This is a job for tens of millions of proud people working together from all across the land, from all walks of life, from young and old, black and white, hispanic and asian, many of whom have been brought together for the very very first time”.
“Our country is at a horrible state, we are in great trouble, this is not a task for a politician or a conventional candidate, this is a task for a great movement that embodies the courage, confidence and the spirit of american people”.
Despite the general consensus that the Republican party are very split currently, Trump suggests that “this is a party that has become much bigger, much stronger, much more powerful, can do much more good for our country”.
Within the hour-long speech he continued on his streak of creating conspiracy theories by trying to blame another country for his election loss and trying to paint Biden as the warmonger.
Furthermore, despite Biden refusing to publicly name is predecessor, Trump can’t seem to keep the current President out of his mouth.
“Joe Biden is the face of left-wing failure and Washington Corruption.”
He has also vowed to repeal Biden’s policies addressing climate change and immigration.
Trump also believes he should be receiving credit for creating a ‘strong economy’ and that Biden was the main instigator in inflation.
Despite many GOP politicians and inside individuals blaming Trump for the Midterm results, he touted himself for his record midterm results, ignoring the failure of his candidates to win in key Senate and Gubernational races.
A few months ago it may have been clear that the Republican party would widely vote for trump to be the Presidential nominee, but now? The discontent within the GOP with him is too prominent.
It has been widely suggested that Florida Governor Ron Desantis, the GOP Florida Governor who won his re-election contest with a 19-point margin of victory, will run for Presidency, and he seems to be gaining enough popularity to do so.
Other GOP politicians such as former Vice-President Mike Pence, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Wyoming Rep Liz Cheney have also suggested a potential run for the candidacy.
From the in-party divide about Trump’s power and popularity to the numerous obstacles potentially hindering his bid such as the FBI investigation into classified documents, the January 6 Committee and the New York Attorney General Lawsuit, the likelihood of Trump in 2024 is unknown.
Is his grip on the GOP still so strong that he will win the nomination? Or will the party decide to save themselves and recruit a new leader to obtain the White house in the next election?
Only time will tell whether he will prevail, but what we do know is that he has announced his 2024 presidential run whether we like it or not.
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