Donald Trump has, reportedly, already decided to run for President again in 2024. This, of course, leaves several questions open, such as whether another presidential campaign would prevent the Department of Justice from indicting him on any charges that may arise from the January 6th investigation, and what effect his announcement would have on midterm elections.
In an interview with NY Mag, Trump revealed that he’s already made a decision about 2024, and the only thing left is to decide exactly when to formally announce. Trump has hinted since leaving the White House that he’d run again, but hasn’t made any official announcements. An official declaration would, of course, mean a requirement to abide by campaign finance reporting laws.
Trump told reporter Olivia Nuzzi, first, that he believed he would win “if” he decided to run. However, when asked what would factor into the decision, he admitted he’d already decided.
“Well, in my own mind, I’ve already made that decision, so nothing factors in anymore. In my own mind, I’ve already made that decision.”
In fact, he said, the big decision for him was whether to announce “before or after” midterms.
Well, some in his circle believe that question is already answered. According to the Washington Post, insiders say that the GOP is trying to keep Trump from announcing a run before the 2022 elections, because of the potential effect he might have on their outcome, but Trump himself is chomping at the bit.
A source told the Post that the odds were “70-30% he announces before midterms,” and multiple advisors said that the former president was considering a September announcement.
The GOP has already made it very clear that if they retake Congress, they plan to derail the investigation into Trump’s role in the January 6th attack, and they’ve even discussed possible ways to return Trump to power directly.
Remember that the U.S. Justice Department previously indicated that it would not indict a sitting president — so a return to the White House would not only be an effective shield for Trump against accountability, but give him the power again to pardon others implicated in the efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
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