In the twilight of his presidency, Donald Trump discusses different ways to disrupt the impending era of Joe Biden, the main one of them by announcing another race against him.
According to three people familiar with the conversations, the president, who refuses to admit he lost the 2020 election which he clearly did, has not only spoken to advisers and confidants close to a potential race. in 2024 to recover the White House, but the specifics of a campaign launch. The conversations explored, among other things, how Trump could best time his announcement in order to keep the Republican Party behind him for the next four years. Two of those knowledgeable sources said that the president had even, in the past two weeks, pitched the idea of hosting an event related to 2024 during Biden’s inauguration week, possibly on the day of the event. inauguration, if his legal effort to steal the 2020 election ultimately fails.
The president and some of his closest associates have already started to survey prominent donors to see who would be with him, or perhaps against him, if he chooses to run in the 2024 election. Some of Trump’s key allies have told the Daily Beast they were doing what they could to stay in the good graces of the president, calculating that this will help secure a seat at the table and a future in the party – in case he does run again.
Trump’s intrigues regarding a future White House race are both an implicit recognition that he views his own current legal efforts as shots from a distance and a reflection of his inherent desire to maintain political power and the public attention.
According to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter, the president has privately boasted that he will always remain in the spotlight, even if Biden is in the Oval Office, in part because the media will continue to cover him regularly since – as Trump rated – he gets media ratings and those same outlets find Biden “boring.”
Neither the Trump campaign nor the White House commented on this story on Friday.
Bloomberg reported on Thursday that during an Oval Office meeting earlier this month between Trump, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the President has said he planned to run in 2024, if the 2020 election results were not overruled by Trump’s lawyers.
“If you do this – and I think I’m speaking on behalf of everyone in the room – we’re with you 100%,” O’Brien told the president, according to the Bloomberg report.
The president’s efforts to develop different strategies to cling to relevance and political influence come at a time when the country is still ravaged by severe economic turmoil and a sharp rise in the death toll from coronavirus. They also take place against the backdrop of one of the most tumultuous and bizarre transfers of power in recent presidential history.
“It will be a very difficult thing to concede because we know there has been massive fraud,” Trump told a White House reporter Thursday.
Trump’s refusal to concede was complemented by an attempt to make it harder for Biden to reverse his political achievements. Indeed, even before election day 2020, various Trump officials working in the administration are charting the way forward to make it harder for Biden to enter into the Iran nuclear deal.
The official position of the White House, the Trump campaign, and large swathes of the Republican Party’s power centers is, however, that Trump won – and they have devoted substantial resources and money to support this alternate reality. And they are doing it – and raising large sums of money for it – even when the vast majority of these senior officials know the president’s legal blitz, led by Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, is doomed and fueled. by conspiracy theory.
Still, various Trump die-hards aren’t giving up on the frenzied fight – but keeping an open mind about a 2024 run and how much they would love to see a rebirth tour.
“I think 100% that Donald Trump will win this election at the end,” said Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow and Minnesota Co-Chair for Trump 2020. “But every day we can have President Trump as president is a blessing. So if that were to happen, yes, I would fully support any opportunity for him to serve the American people for as many terms as possible.
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