Let’s be honest, it’s way too early to really be talking about 2024 as most Americans are just happy that the 2020 election is behind us, but President Donald Trump is already telling staffers that he wants a rematch with President-elect Joe Biden in four years.
Trump is still refusing to concede that he lost the 2020 contest to Biden, who is on track to receive over 300 electoral votes, and is continuing to falsely claim that there was mass voter fraud and is still clinging to the idea that the Supreme Court or the Justice Department will somehow overturn the results.
Biden will take the oath of office in January whether Trump likes it or not. And when that day comes, Biden can have Trump charged and arrested for trespassing, not to mention a slew of other crimes.
That includes a violation of the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, which requires the General Services Administration to support the incoming administration and help them prepare to take over power. Trump’s appointed head of the GSA is currently refusing to help Biden’s team and won’t acknowledge him as the President-Elect.
But it appears Trump knows he has lost the election even if he won’t admit it publicly because he is privately telling his aides that he wants to run against Biden in 2024.
“Trump has already told advisers he’s thinking about running for president again in 2024,” Axios is reporting. “This is the clearest indication yet that Trump understands he has lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden — even as the president continues to falsely insist that he is the true winner, that there has been election fraud and that his team will fight to the end in the courts.”
And it seems that Republicans are already not thrilled about the prospect of Trump not going away.
Aides advising Republicans who are likely to run in 2024 are dreading the prospect of a Trump run given the extraordinary sway he holds over millions of GOP voters.
Even four years after leaving office, he could remain formidable in a Republican primary.
That fact alone could freeze the ambitions, fundraising and staffing of individual candidates — and of the Republican National Committee as it seeks to regroup and move beyond Trump.
Trump will be 78-years-old in 2024, so it’s not clear that he would be able to actually run for office. Nor is it clear that he would be capable of handling the job. He certainly couldn’t do it over the last four years, and his declining mental and physical health would make him a liability. Furthermore, Trump could also be in prison since he is likely to be prosecuted after he leaves office. Or, he could even be dead by then. However, if he does run again, Americans are not going to be amused and will likely show up to vote in the next election like they did this year, only in 2024 it will be to send Trump packing once and for all. And he can take the entire Republican Party with him.
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