Trump Announces 2024 Presidential Bid, Beating Opponents

Donald Trump started a drive to win the presidency again in 2024 on Tuesday to fend off potential Republican challengers. Since losing the 2020 election, Trump has waged continuous attacks on the legitimacy of the American electoral process.

A week after the midterm elections in which Republicans did not succeed in capturing as many seats in Congress as they had wanted, Trump made his declaration at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, seeking a potential rematch with Democratic President Joe Biden.

Trump addressed hundreds of fans in a hall adorned with numerous chandeliers and lined with dozens of American flags during a speech that lasted little over an hour and was live carried on American television.

Trump addressed the cheering, phone-waving throng which included family members, donors and former staff members, saying, “To make America great again, I am tonight launching my campaign for president of the United States.”

A committee dubbedDonald J. Trump for President 2024″ was established earlier in the day after filing papers with the American Federal Election Commission. Trump avoided the teasing that has characterized prior public appearances in favor of a review of Biden’s presidency and what he claimed to be his own administration’s policy accomplishments.

He declared, “We were a great nation two years ago and we will be a great nation once more.”Trump outlined well-known dark themes from his playbook, accusing migrants of poisoning the country and presenting American cities as “cesspools of blood” as a result of a crime epidemic.

He pledged to support the death sentence for drug traffickers, term limits for legislators, and the rehiring of military personnel who had been discharged for refusing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

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Despite criticizing the U.S. electoral system, he did not mention the attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters on January 6, 2021, or his exaggerated accusations of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

Trump predicted that left-wing organizations, the Washington establishment and the media would oppose his campaign. “But we’re not going to back down. We will not give up. We’ll advance into the flood as we march.”

ROAD LONG Before the Republican nominee is formally chosen in the summer of 2024, there is still a long way to go, as the first state-level elections are still more than a year away.

Even in a nation where lengthy presidential campaigns are the norm, Trump’s announcement is early and indicates that he wants to dissuade other potential rivals, like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis or his former vice president Mike Pence from running for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2024.

During the midterm elections, DeSantis has easily re-elected governor. While promoting his new book, Pence has made an effort to put himself in opposition to Trump. Glenn Youngkin, the governor of Virginia, Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and Mike Pompeo, the former secretary of state are further potential Republican presidential contenders.

Trump actively participated in the midterm elections, supporting and endorsing candidates who supported his bogus assertions that the 2020 election would be stolen from him by widespread voter fraud.

However, a number of his candidates in crucial swing states fell short, prompting some well-known Republicans to openly accuse him of endangering the party’s chances of seizing the Senate by endorsing unqualified people.

Republicans are on track to gain a razor-thin majority in the House of Representatives but control of the chamber is still up in the air.

Trump will run for his party’s nomination despite being embroiled in several legal issues, including a criminal investigation into his ownership of records from his time in office and a congressional subpoena over his involvement in the assault on January 6, 2021. Trump has denied misconduct and termed the several investigations into him politically motivated.

Trump, 76, wants to follow Grover Cleveland whose second term as president ended in 1897, as the only other president to have served non-consecutive terms in American history. The 79-year-old Biden announced last week that he intended to run for re-election and will probably decide by the beginning of next year.

Seven out of ten midterm voters in an Edison Research exit poll expressed the opinion that Biden who is still incredibly unpopular, should not run for office again. Six out of ten participants in the same survey claimed to have a negative opinion of Trump.

Trump’s Presidency

Trump flouted democratic conventions during his tumultuous 2017–2021 presidency and supported “America First” nationalism while portraying himself as a right-wing populist. He was twice impeached making him the first American president to do so but congressional Democrats were unable to remove him from office.

Trump urged supporters to “fight like hell” and march on Congress to “stop the steal” at a rally that preceded the Capitol assault but the mob that ultimately stormed the Capitol was unable to stop Congress from officially recognizing Biden’s election victory.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, roughly two-thirds of Republican voters think Biden’s victory was fraudulent even though court and state election officials rejected Trump’s phony election claims.

Many Americans, particularly white men, Christian conservatives, people from rural areas and those without college degrees have shown fervent support for Trump. Trump’s detractors charge him with pursuing policies based on “white grievance” in a country where the non-white population is expanding.

Since he was elected president in 2016, the political climate has drastically shifted and some members of his party, particularly important donors are weary of the drama surrounding him.

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One of the most divisive presidential terms in American history was his one-term presidency. Broad tax cuts were achieved, immigration restrictions were put in place, and he managed a rightward shift in the federal court, including the Supreme Court. He disavowed global trade and climate change agreements, alienated American allies abroad, and glorified autocratic world leaders like Putin.

He was impeached in 2019 by the Democratic-led House on grounds of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress after he pushed the Ukrainian president to look into allegations of unfounded corruption against Biden and his son. Thanks to Republican backing, the Senate found him not guilty.

A week before he left office, the House again impeached Trump this time for inciting an uprising. After leaving office, the Senate cleared him of all charges, once more thanks to Republican senators.

Editing by Will Dunham, Ross Colvin, and Howard Goller, reporting by Steve Holland in Palm Beach, Florida and Andy Sullivan in Washington. Additional reporting by Gram Slattery in Washington.

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