Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2022. 7:48 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Later tonight, former president Donald Trump is expected to go ahead with the announcement that he will run for president of the United States in 2024, defying calls to wait until after the final seat in the U.S. Senate is decided in Georgia in December, reports The Washington Post.
Trump will be speaking from his residence in Florida at the Mar-a-Lago Club, hoping to convince the Republican Party to once again line up behind him, despite taking much blame for the party’s underperformance in the recent mid-term elections in which they lost a chance to take the Senate and are sweating out a result in the House of Representatives.
The former president served from 2016 to 2020 when he was defeated by former vice-president Joe Biden, despite efforts to first delegitimize and then overturn the result.
The news was confirmed by long-time spokesman Jason Miller on Friday, who was speaking on former strategist Stephen K. Bannon’s podcast.
Miller said Trump told him: “There doesn’t need to be any question. Of course, I’m running. I’m going to do this, and I want to make sure people know I’m fired up and we’ve got to get the country back on track. … Everyone knows I’m going to run so let’s go get started.”
The Post says Trump’s urgency to announce a run also masks an attempt to get ahead of potential indictments in several ongoing criminal investigations into his conduct before and during his presidency. These include the Justice Department in the effort to submit phony electors claiming Trump won key states in the 2020 election; in the mishandling of classified documents recovered from Mar-a-Lago; and an Atlanta-area prosecutor in the pressuring of Georgia officials to overturn that state’s election results. His company is also in the middle of a trial for criminal tax fraud and the New York attorney general filed a lawsuit that could freeze the company’s operations, already winning the appointment of an independent monitor.
On Monday, the president of the Club for Growth, a well-funded conservative group, said their research showed that Trump’s attacks on other Republicans are taking a toll on his support and joined calls for him to delay his announcement until after the Georgia runoff. “Republicans need to be united behind a strong candidate and a platform that shows voters real solutions to beat Biden and the Democrats in 2024,” David McIntosh said in a statement.
Many of the party’s top donors — who were often not Trump’s biggest fans, to begin with — have begun private conversations about how best to sideline him for a new generation of leaders, according to people in touch with them who spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose private deliberations.
Trump has already begun attacking his likely Republican rivals, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin. According to his advisers, Trump views DeSantis especially as a threat even before the governor’s landslide reelection last Tuesday buttressed his esteem with many of the party’s top donors and campaign professionals.
Trump’s campaign will be led by Florida operative Susie Wiles, veteran strategist Chris LaCivita, and former White House political aide Brian Jack. His son Donald Trump Jr. is increasingly involved in the political operation, whereas daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, have drifted away since leaving the White House. Trump also frequently speaks with loyalist Boris Epshteyn, who is expected to be a senior adviser, but many of Trump’s other advisers, lawyers and consultants say they talk to him less often than they once did. Some of the people familiar with the situation spoke about the campaign structure on the condition of anonymity to reveal internal deliberations.
The new operation is expected to have a smaller staff and budget than Trump’s failed 2020 campaign and to be based in South Florida, as Trump has told people he wants to recapture the underdog feeling of his 2016 bid. Assisting the campaign, pollster Tony Fabrizio and spokesman Taylor Budowich will move to an outside super PAC [political action committee].
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