Trump associates convinced him to delay announcing that he will run in 2024 because it would affect how many times he could appear on TV and hinder Republicans in the meantime, claims reports
- Announcing a run would complicate the former president’s new fundraising structure and his appearances on broadcast networks
- But the ex-president constantly tells advisers: ‘I run’
- Advisers also expressed concern that if Trump announces a run, Democrats would frame the 2022 midterms around his candidacy to boost turnout.
- The former president has provided a series of not-so-subtle hints in recent weeks that serve as a warning to other 2024 candidates in the party to resign.
Those in Donald Trump’s inner circle had to persuade the former president to announce his 2024 run in the face of the chaos in Afghanistan in August, as they convinced him it would divert attention from the midterms and possibly be would hinder TV appearances.
Such an announcement would complicate the former president’s new fundraising structure and his appearances on broadcast networks could then lead to equal-time rules, advisers said, according to three sources who spoke to the Washington Post.
But the former president keeps telling advisers, “I’m running.”
Advisers also expressed concern that if Trump announced a run, Democrats would frame the 2022 midterms around his candidacy to boost turnout.
Trump could also be held accountable if Republicans don’t take back the House and Senate if he fought as a fellow candidate on their behalf.
“The main point we drove home was that he doesn’t want to own the midterms if we don’t win back the House or the Senate,” said a source familiar with the talks.
But the former president has provided a series of not-so-subtle hints in recent weeks that serve as a warning for other 2024 candidates in the party to step down.
The former president constantly tells advisers: ‘I run’
Advisers also expressed concern that if Trump announces a run, Democrats would frame the 2022 midterms around his candidacy to boost turnout.
“He’s tacitly informing the 2024 crowd that no one can move a big muscle until he decides what to do,” said Kellyanne Conway, a former Trump adviser. “As for 2024, there has been a shift from intent to urgency as he watches with horror at the many failings of this government.”
Trump knows that other GOP stars will back off as soon as he steps in, rather than start all-out war within the party.
Trump was confident he would beat Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in a Sunday interview with Yahoo Finance, even though he said he didn’t think it would come to a confrontation.
“If I faced him, I would beat him like I would beat anyone,” Trump said.
“I don’t think I’ll face him,” Trump said, predicting, “I think most people would drop out, I think he would drop out.”
Asked for confirmation of the report, a Trump DailyMail.com spokesperson pointed to comments from Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich, who told the Washington Post: “President Trump remains committed and committed to saving America from the disastrous leadership of the Communist Communist Party.” Democrats,” he wrote. in an email. ‘All possibilities to achieve that are on the table.’
Trump is holding rallies similar to his campaign, traveling weeks ago to Georgia, a critical swing state, and this weekend traveling to the nation’s first caucus state, Iowa.
His fundraising efforts have barely stopped since the days leading up to the election, although most of his appeals are aimed at independent PACs and cannot be used for a future presidential campaign.
Allies and advisers say the money is designed to “show strength” before 2024 and he plans to donate some of it to candidates he’s backed in the 2022 interim terms.
Ten of the 13 current and former Trump advisers said they believed he would flee, two said it was a public relations ploy and one said they didn’t know, according to the Post.
Still, some Republicans are pushing for Trump to step aside and let someone else run for the GOP ticket. Many of the party’s top donors have told strategists and party leaders they don’t want to see Trump run because they don’t believe he can win a third time as a party candidate.
Only One President – Grover Cleveland has come back from defeat to win a second term four years later. If he won, Trump would be 78 by the time he took office, the same age as President Biden.
Trump told Fox News Hannity about his 2024 plans, “We’re not allowed to talk about it yet, from the standpoint of campaign finance laws, which are frankly ridiculous.”
‘But I think you’ll be happy. Let me put it this way.’