Donald Trump announced his 2024 presidential run at his Mar-a-Lago club and home in Palm Beach, Florida on Tuesday.
“I am announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” Trump, 76, said flanked by massive American flags.
The announcement and official filing come just a week after the 2022 midterm elections, which saw a lackluster performance from Trump-backed Republican candidates in key Senate races and competitive House elections. As a result, Democrats were able to retain control of the Senate.
Trump says the U.S. is on the path of destruction
“America’s comeback starts right now,” Trump said, claiming, “Your country is being destroyed before your eyes.” Trump spoke of “America as the greatest country in the world.” Speaking of “this great movement of ours,” Trump continued the old rhetoric. Everyone was “thriving” under Trump, including “African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans,” he claims.
Trump running for office sets up a potential rematch against President Joe Biden, who will turn eighty on Sunday and says he intends to run for reelection in 2024.
The former president lost his re-election bid to Joe Biden in 2020. Never conceding, Trump stirred tumult.
Who will be Trump’s vice presidential candidate?
Trump permanently alienated Mike Pence, the vice president from his first term, by blaming him for a lack of courage during the January 6th uprising at the Capitol. Pence would not be numbered among those who would try to fix the election for Trump.
Presidential running mates are usually chosen as the party primaries near their end. Sometimes, an opponent from the primaries is chosen; at others times, a loyal friend or competent administrator is selected from outside the electoral campaign fray.
Trump perhaps could choose the former governor of New Jersey Chris Christie (R) or South Carolina’s Nikki Haley (R). They have been friendly with Trump in the past despite having their own presidential aspirations.
Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, issued a statement indicating she will not be a part of her father’s 2024 campaign.
“I love my father very much,” the statement begins. “This time around, I am choosing to prioritize my young children and the private life we are creating as a family.”
“I do not plan to be involved in politics,” she says. “While I will always love and support my father, going forward I will do so outside the political arena.”