(Washington) Every day a little more alone in his crusade to contest the victory of Joe Biden, Donald Trump is now openly talking about the possibility of being a candidate for the presidency again in 2024.
Posted on December 2, 2020 at 10:25 a.m.
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“It has been a fantastic four years. We are trying to do four more years. Otherwise, I will see you again in four years, ”he said Tuesday evening, during a Christmas party at the White House.
The event, attended by Republican Party officials, was not open to the press, but a video of his speech circulated shortly after.
Almost a month after the November 3 election, Donald Trump still refuses to admit his defeat to Joe Biden.
Reclusive in the White House, he limits his public appearances as much as possible, contenting himself, by way of presidential communication, with angry tweets on supposed electoral fraud, which no concrete element accredits.
In a strange video released Wednesday afternoon, the president repeated, without providing new information, his unfounded accusations.
In this sometimes confused speech, which he says, looking very serious, could be “the most important” of his political career, he says he is “determined to protect the electoral system”. Its long version, posted on Facebook, lasts 46 minutes.
On Tuesday, Justice Minister Bill Barr was extremely clear on this topic.
“At this stage, we have not seen fraud on a scale likely to change the outcome of the election,” said the 70-year-old ultra-conservative, whose words have marked the spirits all the more because he is part of the president’s close guard.
In this strange climate where the next president is preparing his team and the current relaying conspiracy theories, Washington is wondering about the president’s behavior at the time of the handover.
According to NBC, Donald Trump has discussed with relatives the possibility of announcing the launch of his campaign for 2024 on January 20, the day of the swearing-in of Joe Biden, which he would therefore not attend.
The former businessman says he’s a little superstitious. In 2017, he had the file submitted for a new application in 2020 from January 20, the day he took up his post.
True to his sense of provocation, he could also take the opportunity to use a recipe that he particularly likes: counter-programming.
On several occasions during his tenure, he boycotted the White House Correspondents Association dinner and organized a campaign rally that same evening.
Path strewn with pitfalls
An announcement of candidacy for 2024 would, of course, allow him to stay at the center of the game in the short term. But the road will be strewn with pitfalls.
From January 20, he will become “ex-president” and the equation will change radically.
The fear he inspires among elected Republican officials and the media attention he enjoys (and craves) will diminish considerably.
All eyes will be on his successor, of course, but also on the senators or governors who, within their own party, are stamping their feet and dreaming of getting into the race.
As he recalls with tweets, Donald Trump did not however suffer the rout in the polls that some predicted him and can claim a solid base of supporters.
The tally continues, but one thing is certain: Turnout in the 2020 election was historic. Joe Biden garnered over 81 million votes, a record. But Donald Trump has passed the 74 million vote mark, which is also a record, just behind that of his Democratic opponent.
The percentage analysis is however less flattering for Donald Trump, who tirelessly mocks the “losers”: he has now fallen below the 47% mark of the votes cast.
Will he ultimately be a candidate in four years?
Nothing is less sure. The real estate mogul works, as he himself claims, on instinct. Strategic planning over several years is not its strong point.
In theory, nothing prevents him from trying his luck again in 2024. The US Constitution prohibits taking more than two terms, but making two non-consecutive is a possibility.
Only one man succeeded in this bet: Grover Cleveland, at the end of the 19th century. Elected in 1884, he was defeated in 1888, then elected again in 1892. He is, in the history books, both on the 22e and the 24e President of the United States.
Grover Cleveland was 56 at the start of his second term. Donald Trump would have 78.
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