Trump is trying to given another shot

Former President Trump announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election last night, telling Republican voters that he could prevent President Biden, whom he lost to in 2020, from controlling the White House for another four years.

The announcement comes at an awkward time.

Like when he ran for president in 2015, Trump is being shunned by establishment Republicans who wish he would sit it out. The lousy midterms performance of candidates backed by Trump suggests that denying the results of the 2020 election, like he does, is a significant drag on the GOP.

Some conservative news outlets and business moguls are also over Trump.

  • Ken Griffin, hedge fund billionaire and GOP megadonor, said: “I’d like to think that the Republican party is ready to move on from somebody who has been, for this party, a three-time loser.”
  • Days after the midterms, the cover of the Murdoch-owned New York Post showed a picture of Trump as Humpty Dumpty, accusing him of having a “great fall.”

Who do they want instead? Likely Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has risen to prominence over his war against so-called “woke culture”—including battles with corporate giants like Disney. Trump and DeSantis have already started trash-talking, with Trump workshopping a nickname of “Ron DeSanctimonious.”

As he embarks on his third presidential run, the twice-impeached Trump also finds himself in legal hot water. He’s the subject of several criminal investigations, including one into his handling of classified documents.

Still, Trump captured the Republican nomination in 2016 against most pundits’ expectations, and he’s been the de facto leader of the party for the past six years. He has support from a sizable chunk of GOP voters—but what no one knows is…how big of a chunk?

Bottom line: While they contemplate another Trump presidential campaign, Republicans got some good news yesterday. They’ve pretty much sewn up control of the House of Representatives, where the Dems have had a majority for the past two years. Rep. Kevin McCarthy was nominated as Speaker yesterday.—NF