Former US President Donald Trump announced his 2024 presidential bid at his home in Florida.
Former US President Donald Trump wants to run again for the Republicans in the 2024 presidential election. Trump made the announcement Tuesday night at an appearance at his Mar-a-Lago mansion in Florida.
“The American comeback is starting right now,” the 76-year-old said before the invited guests in the hall. Trump lost the 2020 election to Democrat Joe Biden and left the White House after one term. Trump has not yet admitted his electoral defeat.
The Republican praised the accomplishments during his 2017-2021 term and lamented that the country has gone downhill since Biden took office. “We will soon be a great nation again,” Trump said.
Trump is responsible for the election results
His announcement comes just a week after the US general and gubernatorial elections, in which Republicans fell short of a landslide victory as expected. Trump, who loudly interfered in the election campaign and publicly supported numerous right-wing candidates, is to blame for the poor result. This could now complicate his project: Because in the end, in order for Trump to actually run as his party’s official candidate for the 2024 presidential election, he has to make it through the internal party primaries.
For example, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis could become a threat to Trump. The 44-year-old was confirmed in office with a strong result in the by-election. Although DeSantis espouses similar hardline positions, he appears less strident in his public image. And other Republicans should now feel emboldened to come out of hiding. Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence has distanced himself from him, saying he is considering a run and would then be ready to run against his former boss. From the more moderate corner of the party, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin could enter the game as a candidate.
Trump was the President of the United States from 2017 to 2021. In the United States, a person can serve two terms, either consecutive or not. Trump would be 78 years old when he is elected in just over two years.
Trump does not admit defeat
To this day, Trump refuses to concede defeat to Biden in the 2020 presidential election. He claims massive election fraud cost him the victory, but has never presented any evidence. At the time, Biden had 81 million votes and a clear majority of state voters. More than 74 million Americans voted for Trump at the time. Biden eventually replaced Trump in the White House on January 20, 2021.
Shortly before the end of his term, angry Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington after a presidential rally on January 6, where Congress was preparing to officially seal Biden’s victory. Trump then faced a second impeachment trial in Congress, where he was charged with “inciting sedition” for publicly inciting supporters in a speech before the attack. However, the two-thirds majority needed for conviction in the Senate was missing in the process, and Trump was ultimately acquitted.
The attack on the Capitol is being investigated by a commission of inquiry in the US House of Representatives. Several witnesses have weighed heavily against Trump with their statements. This also raised the question of possible legal consequences for the ex-president. He refused to comply with the commission’s summons for questioning.
On several other fronts, Trump is already embroiled in legal battles that could endanger him. He was in danger of misfortune in one place in particular: on August 8, the FBI searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate and seized, among other things, confidential and sometimes top secret documents. Because Trump kept government documents, some of which are subject to strict safeguards because of their sensitive content, on his private property, he may have broken the law. The investigation against him is still ongoing.
Trump has denied the allegations and criticized the authorities’ actions against him as politically motivated — and an attempt to prevent him from running for office.
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