As the 2020 election continues to wind down and it looks more and more likely that President Donald Trump will concede, the nation begins to look towards the future.
For the political left, that future arrives in just a few short weeks, as Joe Biden is assumed to take over the White House. But as they scheme and plan for the best way to bring socialism upon us, Republicans are looking to a future a bit further out.
While Biden may have won this round, it’s common knowledge, on both sides, that his time in the Oval Office is short-lived. As it stands now, most of his party members agree there is something not right with his mind. Therefore, they’ve made sure to put a younger, much more leftist model at his right hand to steer the way.
However, it’s not like either Biden or Harris will make it to the running in 2024. And so the Republicans had better be prepared with a strong primary field.
But just who would that field include?
A number of names come to mind, many of which whom the party base would likely stand solidly behind. However, that all depends on the entrance of one person.
That’s right, President Trump.
As a president who has only served one term in the White House, he would be eligible to run again. And many, according to several polls, think he should. After all, most GOPers at this point are pretty confident the election was stolen from him anyway.
According to a Politico/Morning Consult poll, 53% of Republicans and those who lean to the right think Trump should be nominated for another term in 2024.
However, if we look at another poll, one from Seven Letter Insight, only about 35 percent look forward to another four years with Trump.
Naturally, these raise several questions.
The first is: why such a big difference? The only thing I know for sure is that these polls were taken at different times, about a week or apart. The SLI poll was conducted between November 10-19, while the Morning Consult one happened between November 21-23.
The consensus is that the Morning Consult poll’s later dates allowed for more skepticism about the election’s validity to take hold, giving Trump more of a lead. In contrast, the earlier poll was taken by Republicans who just thought Trump had lost.
However, this doesn’t precisely explain why Trump’s supposed support in these polls is so low. I mean, if it’s suspected that nearly 90 percent of GOPers think Biden cheated, wouldn’t Trump’s support be higher?
Could it be that maybe, just maybe, Republicans, while loving what Trump did for our country, think someone else should lead?
To answer this, let’s go back to the polls, more specifically, the SLI one.
In this survey, Vice President Mike Pence actually does surprisingly well against Trump, as does Donald Trump Jr and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.
This suggests that Republicans still want what is referred to as Trumpism, or the legacy that he has created, while maybe not wanting Trump himself. After all, in 2024, Trump Sr. will be 78, the same age Biden is now, and we all know age is most definitely a factor.
So who then besides Trump?
Well, as I mentioned before, VP Pence, Trump Jr, and Ted Cruz all seem to be major contenders for the spot. However, it has been suggested that former US ambassador Nikki Haley, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, and even Ivanka Trump would be viable candidates for the Republican Party.
Of course, none of those would likely even dream of running if Donald Trump Sr. decides to throw in his hat again, as it is assumed that he most certainly will. There is simply too much loyalty there for most. And even if there weren’t, it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to risk the wrath of that 35-55 percent of GOPers who would stand by Trump.
Only time will tell what the future holds. But one thing is for sure, when it comes to 2024, it will all revolve around Donald Trump, whether he still wants to be president or not.