Former President Trump’s influence over the GOP has come under question lately, and yet this did not stop him from announcing his 2024 candidacy for the White House on Tuesday.
Trump’s announcement was made during an event at Mar-a-Lago in his private estate and club in Palm Beach, Florida. This announcement came only a week after the “red wave” failed to materialize in the 2022 midterm elections. A performance that has led to many shifting the blame among one another in the GOP.
Trump has been teasing another presidential campaign since he lost to President Biden in 2020. Following the 2020 election, Trump has continued to make unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud that led to the elections being “stolen”. Some within the GOP have stated that it is these allegations that cost them the midterm elections.
The announcement marks the third presidential campaign by the former President, who first announced his intention to run for the White House in 2015. However, his position since 2015 has completely changed ahead of the 2024 presidential election. While in 2015 he was predominantly seen as a businessman and reality TV star, he is now also the former President.
A President whom many Americans believe to be a “political pariah” who is willing to stop the peaceful transfer of power for his own gains. This in part is because of Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, which has led to a congressional investigation.
Trump is also facing a number of legal challenges, which include investigations into his business’s financial dealings and his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack. In August, an FBI raid into Mar-a-Lago also led to questions about the handling of classified documents by the former President.
Trump has said that all of these attempts are politically motivated. More importantly, the lackluster performance by GOP candidates in the midterms has led to Trump announcing his presidential bid from a weakened position. This is why many advisers had recommended that Trump should wait before announcing another bid for the Presidency.