Trump 2024?
December 2, 2020

Several Republican lawmakers are showing enthusiasm for a potential 2024 run from President Trump, Politico reports.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) went so far as to say he would support Trump's candidacy if he chooses to run, while Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said he "should run and would have the support" of the Republican Party.

Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.), both of whom have had their names floated as potential presidential candidates, also indicated to Politico that they'd back Trump's effort to return to the White House, as did Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who said the U.S. "would benefit tremendously" from another Trump term. Blackburn, though, is still holding out hope Trump will win his doomed battle to overturn the 2020 results.

Not everyone was overtly enthusiastic, however, including some of Trump's notable allies like Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who declined to comment. Cotton is another senator many speculate could launch his own bid, so he may be keeping things close to the vest. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), meanwhile, said he doesn't talk about hypotheticals, a point echoed by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) may have been the hardest to read. He repeated his opinion that Trump would be the clear favorite if he ran, but didn't hint one way or another how he'd feel about it. "I know it's an interesting story, but I have no idea," he told Politico. Tim O'Donnell

December 2, 2020

President Trump's potential 2024 campaign may go bust before it's even announced.

Even before Trump lost re-election to President-elect Joe Biden, his allies have privately and publicly speculated that he'll try a comeback run in 2024. Sources now tell Axios that announcement is "likely," and may even come before Trump leaves the White House.

Trump is reportedly already laying out strategies to "stay relevant and freeze out other Republican rivals," Axios reports. He'll reportedly focus on keeping Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, a close ally, in her position, and has already started stockpiling PAC money under the guise of building an "Election Defense Fund." Trump also gave his most explicit hint at a 2024 run yet at a Tuesday night White House Christmas party. "It's been an amazing four years. We are trying to do another four years. Otherwise, I'll see you in four years," Trump told guests, CNN's Kaitlan Collins reported.

Other Republicans planning to run in 2024 tell Axios they hope Trump's power fades when he leaves the White House. But they may not have to worry — one Republican close to Trump said the president may announce a 2024 run but not actually follow through as he comes across "hurdles he has never before experienced." "No one is going to let him have a free pass in the primary," the Republican said, insinuating Trump's political, financial, and legal troubles could be a major problem. Still undecided is "whether the media will give up their addiction to him or not," the Republican added. Kathryn Krawczyk

November 9, 2020

President Trump has privately mused about running for president again in 2024, two sources familiar with the conversations told Axios. The report — which Axios calls "the clearest indication yet that Trump understands he has lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden" — follows rumors by aides about the potential for a "resurrection run" in four years, as well as a report from The New York Times that likewise alleged the president himself has "broached the idea of running again."

Axios adds that "even four years after leaving office, [Trump] could remain formidable in a Republican primary," and that could "freeze the ambitions, fundraising and staffing of individual candidates — and of the Republican National Committee as it seeks to regroup and move beyond Trump."

Even before he lost re-election, Trump would frequently joke about running again in 2024. "There is no Trump 2024 campaign," The Week's Bonnie Kristian has previously written, "— at least not for Donald Sr." Jeva Lange

October 18, 2020

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon predicted that if President Trump loses re-election in 2020, he'll run again in 2024. "I'll make this prediction right now: If for any reason the election is stolen from, or in some sort of way Joe Biden is declared the winner, Trump will announce he's going to run for re-election in 2024," Bannon told The Australian. "You're not going to see the end of Donald Trump."

Trump, notably, will be 78 in 2024.

Bannon, who also served as Trump's 2016 campaign CEO, previously envisioned Trump's re-election while speaking at an Oct. 10 forum with the Young Republican Federation of Virginia, Salon notes. "At 10 o'clock or 11 o'clock … on Nov. 3, Donald J. Trump is going to walk into the Oval Office, and he may hit a tweet before he goes in there … and he's going to sit there, having won Ohio, and being up in Pennsylvania and Florida, and he's going to say, 'Hey, game's over,'" Bannon said. He explained, "the elites are traumatized. They do not want to go stand in line and vote. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a game-changer."

Biden remains ahead in the polls, but his own aides have cautioned their team not to get too cocky. "The very searing truth is that Donald Trump can still win this race, and every indication we have shows that this thing is going to come down to the wire," Biden's campaign manager, Jen O'Malley Dillon, wrote in a memo to supporters.

On Friday night, Trump joked that if he loses the election, "I'm not going to feel so good. Maybe I'll have to leave the country, I don't know." Jeva Lange

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