With newly-appointed President Joe Biden now having been in office for a whole month and the seats of Congress finally official, everyone is now focused on the future. And that means 2024 and the presidential election.
By now, you’ve likely guessed that former President Donald Trump may try his hand at the Oval Office again. It has been rumored pretty much everywhere since his second and last failed impeachment trial ended with another acquittal. This, and the fact that he has only served one term thus far, means that he would legally be allowed to run again.
But will he?
Well, if sources supposedly close to the man are correct, he most certainly will. According to Axios, several have noted that Trump is definitely planning on running again and, in fact, will announce his run for such on Sunday at the Conservative Political Action Conference or CPAC taking place in Orlando, Florida, where he is scheduled to speak.
In addition, he has made quite a few comments hinting that his or “our” work is far from done to make America the great nation that she once was. Now, this could simply mean that from here on out, Trump will be more active in politics, working hard to support policies that he agrees with and are in line with the ones he put forth in the White House.
However, as we all likely conclude, it could also mean just what it sounds like, that he plans to retake the Oval Office.
But let’s say he does. He failed to get enough votes to win a second term and was nearly impeached, not once but twice. Some would say those are sure signs that he will fail yet again.
But according to even some of the staunchest Never Trumpers, such as Senator Mitt Romney, he is still wildly popular, and that gives him an excellent shot.
In fact, in a recent interview with The New York Times’ DealBook, Romney said that if Trump ran again, he would most likely win at least the GOP nomination, if not the whole kit and kaboodle.
Romney said, “He has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party. I don’t know if he’s planning to run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he would win the nomination.”
Romney, as well as countless others, cites recent polls of just one reason why.
“The polls show that among the names being floated as potential contenders in 2024, if you put President Trump in there among Republicans, he wins in a landslide.”
Another piece of evidence for his potential win or nomination is that Trump had the second-highest turnout of voters in the nation’s history in 2020, with some 74 million votes in his favor.
Of course, as he is second and supposedly lost to Biden, this would suggest that he is also very controversial. Some 81 million voters are said to have come out to support Biden, although most are noted to have done so not because they like Biden so much as the fact that he is not Trump.
If Trump were to run again, the results would likely again show significant numbers of those firmly against him.
And in the aftermath of the January 6 incursion of the Capitol complex, those against him seem to have grown – such as former US Ambassador and former Trump supporter Nikki Haley.
In recent weeks, she has come out somewhat against Trump, saying that she was wrong for following him and listening to him, just falling short of denying him all of her support.
This could be because she is expected to be a 2024 presidential candidate herself and, therefore, will likely want to distance herself from Trump.
However, if she does, she will likely be playing right into the hands of the Democrats, who know Trump still has a massive following and that Haley would probably be no match for him. But until she loses, they will say they love her, much like they love Romney. Hell, they might even help her a bit if it means taking votes from Trump.
Of course, that would all go away if she wins. But she won’t. Because, much like Romney, Americans don’t like pretenders.
And that’s precisely why, if Trump runs, he’ll win the nomination for sure, if not the White House.