As the most contentious election in American history rages on and President Donald Trump’s legal team fights tooth and nail to prove the 2020 Presidential election stolen for Joe Biden, President Trump apparently has a backup plan if Biden ascends to the Presidency. According to the Associated Press, Trump proclaimed, “It’s been an amazing four years. We’re trying to do another four years. Otherwise, I’ll see you in four years,” to a crowd at a White House Christmas party, which included many Republican National Committee members.
Caught on a Facebook live stream by former Oklahoma Republican Party Chair Pam Pollard, Trump seems prepared for another run at the Presidency if his unrelenting legal challenges in numerous states collapse. Regardless, Trump holds firm voter fraud swiped the election from him. “It’s certainly an unusual year. We won an election. But they don’t like that,” Trump added. “I call it a rigged election, and I always will.”
This isn’t the first time Trump has indicated a desire to run in 2024. A Daily Beast report in late November claimed that “According to three people familiar with the conversations, the president, who refuses to acknowledge he lost the 2020 election as he clearly did, has not just talked to close advisers and confidants about a potential 2024 run to reclaim the White House but about the specifics of a campaign launch.”
“The conversations have explored, among other things, how Trump could best time his announcement so as to keep the Republican Party behind him for the next four years. Two of these knowledgeable sources said the president has, in the past two weeks, even floated the idea of doing a 2024-related event during Biden’s inauguration week, possibly on Inauguration Day, if his legal effort to steal the 2020 election ultimately fails.”
Similarly, Bloomberg News also reported Trump promising a 2024 run to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence, and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien. However, Jenna Ellis, Trump’s 2020 senior legal adviser and attorney to President Trump, vehemently denied these reports, discrediting the report as “completely false.” But, as heard from Trump himself, a 2024 run might be in the books for the Trump campaign.
Though years away, a November poll from Morning Consult and Politico found that, if Trump does run in 2024, he would be the frontrunner for the nomination. In the poll, Trump ran away with voters, receiving 54% support from those asked who would receive their vote if the 2024 GOP primary were held today. Other potential candidates barely registered, with Vice President Mike Pence at 12% and Donald Trump Jr. at 8%.
The poll also found “Congressional Republicans such as Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and Tim Scott of South Carolina each received less than 5% of the remaining vote, as did South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley.”
If Biden does win the Presidency, Trump’s post-presidency plans will be a fascinating road to follow for the next four years. Of course, his gaudy and outspoken nature will prevent him from slipping into a quiet retirement from politics and we should expect him to continue to be a prominent voice in conservative politics, even if he doesn’t end up on the ballot box in 2024.
Son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner reportedly discussed a Trump-branded media property, aptly named “Trump TV.” Originating from his overwhelming discontent with Fox News, a source “with detailed knowledge of Trump’s intentions” told Axios that, “He plans to wreck Fox. No doubt about it.”
Nevertheless, the 2020 Election remains undecided, and the focus for the Trump team remains squarely on exposing voter fraud and keeping President Trump in the White House for the next four years.