(USA Features) There are additional signs that former President Donald Trump is indeed planning on getting into the 2024 race for the White House.
Though Trump hasn’t come out and formally announced his candidacy yet, it’s worth noting that no other Republican hopeful has done so, either, though admittedly, it is early since the country is still more than a year away from the 2022 midterms.
Trump had reportedly said he would make his decision after those races, and it’s widely believed he’ll be swayed to run again for the GOP nomination if Republicans eke out wins in the House, the Senate, or both.
But other signs point to a 2024 Trump candidacy.
For one, Trump has hired staffers in Iowa, where the first primaries are held. For another, he has been enthused by President Joe Biden’s tumbling favorability ratings and poll numbers as he has fumbled on Afghanistan, inflation rises, and the COVID variant delta sickens hundreds of thousands.
“Trump sees Biden is on the ropes. He wants to throw punches as a combatant, not a heckler from the stands,” Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told Politico.
He went on to say that the former president is actually not in a hurry to announce his candidacy because “the base is rightly loyal to him. And a good rule in politics is to be a candidate for as short a time as necessary.”
Jason Miller, co-founder of the GETTR social media platform and an adviser to the former president’s 2020 reelection campaign, told Politico last week that he believes the chances that Trump will run again next cycle are “between 99 and 100 percent.”
“I think he is definitely running in 2024,” Miller said. “I had a good conversation with him last night. I’m going to go see him in another couple days here.”
Another person who has discussed Trump’s plans told Politico that “he really hasn’t decided, but we all think he’ll run … he wants to get in a position to where it’s a turnkey operation once he says yes.
“So, he’s maximizing his position … the super PAC is ostensibly to help win back the House and the Senate. If he does that, it makes his position stronger,” that person told the outlet.
Gaetz declined to disclose details of his conversations with Trump but said it was more likely than not the former president will run again. The Congressman told Politico that the GOP regaining control of the Senate and/or the House in next year’s midterms would motivate Trump even more.
While Trump has taken a more hands-on approach with his web ads and has planned several rallies for the fall — including in Iowa and Florida — perhaps the most revealing recent move was the PAC’s hiring of two top operatives from Iowa dedicated to “advancing Save America’s goals of electing strong, pro-Trump, America First conservatives.”
Trump recently told interviewers that “arcane” campaign finance laws make it difficult for him to become a declared candidate while he is raising funds he plans to spend to help others win House and Senate seats.
That said, another close confidant — Sean Spicer, Trump’s first press secretary — said during a recent interview definitively about a 2024 bid: “He’s in.”