Donald Trump has said only serious health problems can keep him from returning to the White House in 2024, another sign that the Republican’s next US presidential bid may be inevitable.
Trump made the comment in a phone interview Friday night, ahead of his scheduled rally in Perry, Georgia on Saturday to support his choices in key Republican primaries.
Asked by Real America’s Voice host David Brody what might stop him from running again, Trump replied, “Well, I don’t — I guess a bad call from a doctor or something, right?”
‘Things happen. God makes them happen,” he added. “But I feel so good.”
Donald Trump has said only serious health problems can keep him from returning to the White House in 2024
A man carries a flag that reads ‘TRUMP WON’ before a meeting with former President Donald Trump in Perry, Georgia on Saturday
Trump, a hugely polarizing figure who was twice impeached while in office, has made little secret of his ambitions to retake the White House.
But he has avoided declaring his candidacy outright, probably to the director that it is best to be an official candidate for as short a time as possible.
His grip on the Republican party remains firm, as he hopes to demonstrate at Saturday’s rally, where he will support three candidates seeking the party’s nominations.
Trump vowed the rally would be “epic” in a fundraising email for supporters this week in which he wrote: “Georgia is critical to our efforts to take back the House and Senate by 2022, and then the White House in 2024, and that’s why this rally is so important to me.’
Among his elected candidates in Georgia is NFL legend Herschel Walker, who recently launched a Senate campaign to challenge Senator Raphael Warnock, a Democrat.
Also speaking will be US Representative Jody Hice, Trump’s pick against Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
While Raffensperger, a Republican, refused Trump’s pleas to “find” enough votes to undo Trump’s small loss to Democratic President Joe Biden in Georgia, Hice objected to Georgia’s voters in Congress.
The trio is rounded out by state senator Burt Jones, an early Trump supporter who has taken steps to undo Biden’s Georgia victory and is running for lieutenant governor.
It’s easy to see why they embrace his approval. Trump retains overwhelming support among Republican voters.
Ballotpedia, which tracks Trump’s endorsements, says candidates he supported have won 37 of 43 competitive primaries since 2017.
Saturday’s rally, however, will likely be dominated by Trump, who remains the star of his own show and has vowed to air more of his unproven allegations of voter fraud related to last year’s contest.
Trump supporters gather for Saturday’s rally, where Trump will meet Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker, Georgian Secretary of State candidate Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) and Georgian lieutenant governor candidate Sen. Burt Jones (R-GA) will support
A man wearing a QAnon t-shirt queues up for a meeting with former President Donald Trump in Perry, Georgia, on Saturday
In a statement on Friday, Trump promised to discuss Arizona’s election evaluation, a Republican-backed effort that ended Friday with evidence supporting Biden’s win there in November.
Trump claimed the review, which he called a “fraud,” “shows incomprehensible fraud at an election-change level, many times more votes than necessary.”
After six months of searching for evidence of fraud, the company hired by Republican lawmakers released a report that experts say is full of errors, bias and flawed methodology.
Still, even that partisan review came up with a vote count that wouldn’t have changed the outcome, finding that Biden won 360 more votes than the official results certified last year.
A majority of Republican voters continue to believe the election was stolen, despite dozens of state and local election officials, numerous judges and Trump’s own attorney general saying Biden won fairly.
Trump has made his allegations of electoral fraud a litmus test for candidates, approving only those who support his unproven claims.
While some primary fields have been sifted through Trump’s approval — including in Wyoming where some Republicans dropped out in a primary against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney After Trump Tapping Challenger Harriet Hageman – That Didn’t Happen In Georgia.
Walker faces three other Republicans, including Gary Black, the state agriculture commissioner.
Trump, a hugely polarizing figure who was twice impeached while in office, has made little secret of his ambitions to retake the White House
Trump has made his allegations of voter fraud a litmus test for candidates, approving only those who support his unproven claims
Trump’s nod, however, could be an obligation in a general election. Trump narrowly lost in Georgia, and Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue lost the senate seats to Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff by wider margins in January.
Many, including some Republicans, have said Trump’s persistent claims that the November 2020 election had been rigged were a depressed turnout by the GOP, which left the US Senate in control of the Democrats.
Democratic State Representative Bee Nguyen, who also runs for secretary of state in 2022, said Trump’s support is part of his “vendetta” against some Republicans.
Nguyen said Trump’s activity will excite Democratic voters, as will a restrictive election security law that Republicans passed this year.
“It will continue to mobilize our base because our base understands that voting rights are on the chopping block,” said Nguyen, who also predicted that the “constant attempts to discredit the results of the November election” would stir up Democrats.
Some Republicans see it that way too. GOP consultant Paul Shumaker noted in a June memo that polls showed North Carolina voters were less likely to support a Trump-approved candidate and more likely to vote for a Biden-approved candidate.
Trump’s grip on the Republican party remains firm, as he hopes to show at Saturday’s rally, where he will support three candidates seeking the party’s nominations
“When comparing a Trump-approved candidate with a Biden-approved candidate, our advantage over the unaffiliated voters evaporates,” Shumaker wrote. “In addition, the Democratic advantage widens with college graduates and suburban voters, while the national vote for Republicans weakens somewhat.”
Shumaker works for former North Carolina governor Pat McCrory, who is going up against Trump-backed U.S. Representative Ted Budd in a Republican Senate primary to replace retiring Richard Burr. Shumaker said the poll was not funded by McCrory.
Party leaders have historically shied away from meddling in primaries, and when they did, it sometimes backfired.
In 1938, then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt intervened to support liberals and defeat conservatives who opposed his agenda. Roosevelt’s record was decidedly mixed.
Conservative Democratic incumbents such as Georgia Sen. Walter George survived and the Republicans generally made big gains.
But former President Barack Obama waited until last year’s primaries settled before giving his approval. But some liberals have tried to shape the Democratic party with primary support, including independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.