Donald Trump could announce his candidacy for the 2024 election as early as this month, allegedly, as the former president is said to be jealous of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and eager to deflect attention from the ongoing Capitol hearings for the riot.
Most presidential candidates announce they are running in the previous year’s presidential election, to reduce the time in the campaign trail when they’re likely to run into scandals and embarrassing skeletons in their closets.
But Trump, 74, is eager to announce his intentions much sooner, according to The New York Times.
Friday New York times I mentioned that the former president surprised some of his advisors by saying that he might announce his intentions on social media, without informing them about it in advance.
Trump remains banned from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and will have to advertise on his much smaller network, TruthSocial.
He is said to be saddened by the increased attention and praise for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Many Republicans believe DeSantis is pushing the same policies that made Trump so popular — but without the divisive and unpredictable personality.
The newspaper said aides are scrambling to build campaign infrastructure in time for the announcement, which could come this month.
“Every day is different,” said one source. CNN.
“We were told it would be announced soon, and by the afternoon, that had changed.”
Sources told The New York Times that Donald Trump, who was seen on June 25 at a rally in Illinois, may announce his 2024 candidacy as soon as this month.
Trump, 74, has barely stopped campaigning for re-election since leaving the White House in January 2021
Another source, who previously said Trump would wait until after Labor Day, told CNN that the September announcement is “hanging in the air” and that if Trump announces early, it will be in July.
Another person close to Trump added, “He seems to be more committed lately.”
Trump has repeatedly brought up a new White House nomination, even though he would be allowed to serve only one term.
But the idea gave added urgency by raising support for DeSantis, the 43-year-old governor of Florida.
Republican donors who opened their wallets to Trump are now backing DeSantis as he seeks a second term as Florida governor.
Strong GOP supporters hope DeSantis will serve two terms in office to the ones Trump will have to do, giving him more time to move forward with his policies.
Trump and Ron DeSantis seen in November 2019. Many senior Republicans are now supporting DeSantis in his bid for re-election in November.
DeSantis, who was seen Thursday at a news conference to announce a new civics program, is seen by many as a major threat to Trump.
New campaign deposits obtained by Politico It showed that DeSantis had received $3.4 million from 10 donors who spent a combined $24 million on Trump’s re-election bid.
Many of those who donated have never contributed to a Florida statewide election before, and among them is Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus, 93, who gave DeSantis $500,000. In 2016, he was one of the most generous donors to Donald Trump, contributing $7 million.
The cash contributions to a relatively small election show how seriously many big-hitting Republicans take DeSantis as a potential presidential candidate.
Trump said The New Yorker In an article titled: “Can Ron DeSantis Unseat Donald Trump as the GOP’s Supreme Warrior?”
“If I didn’t support him, he wouldn’t have won,” Trump said.
The article said DeSantis was sometimes described as a “brained Trump.”
Asked again if he would defeat DeSantis in 2024, Trump told Newsmax: “I was very responsible for his election.”
However, the big money follows DeSantis.
DeSantis has amassed a $100 million war chest, setting new records, leaving him well-positioned to carry that money into 2024.
DeSantis, pictured June 16 in Miami, insists he is focused on the 2022 race and not thinking about 2024
Trump’s face appears on a screen during the June 28 committee hearing of the January 6 committee
Trump himself has already raised $100 million through his Super PAC.
But that money is not allowed to be able to directly support a candidate, under campaign finance laws.
Some aides are urging Trump to wait, so he can use the money freely before making an official announcement.
One RNC official also noted that when Trump officially launches his bid, the GOP will have to stop paying its legal bills related to the New York attorney general’s investigation.
The New York Times said Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., is encouraging him to wait until he has a more complete campaign team ready to go.
Others are concerned about the impact of the Jan. 6 hearings.
Trump himself has been watching them eagerly, providing commentary on his Truth Social network.
Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina senator, said Trump should announce quickly, to keep him focused on politics.
“It’s up to him if he runs or not,” Graham told The New York Times.
“But the key to his success is to compare his political agenda and his political successes with what is going on today.”