Amid suppressing the grounds for the smooth and supportive presidential transition to US President-elect Joe Biden, incumbent President Donald Trump has strongly been mulling to consider to run in the 2024 Presidential elections in what has become a major development from the United States in the middle of witnessing unprecedented transition turmoil between the incumbent and his successor.
Donald Trump's plan to run for president in 2024 has come at a high time when he has been blocking the path of peaceful transition and unveiling a chaotic state in accepting the fact that he has lost the current election to Joe Biden. It's been nearly a week since the election results were announced that Biden has won the presidency, however, Trump is yet to concede the defeat and yet to show some signs that he's ready to leave the White House.
With the defeat, tumultuous Trump has got placed in history by becoming the first sitting US President to lose a reelection bid since 1992. Being officially known that he has been defeated, Trump has been crying voter fraud and allegations in the election and his allegations, with having no concrete evidence, have apparently assaulted the democratic process.
The incumbent has been failing to give a supportive transition to the incoming Biden administration and Trump has also been launching lawsuits against the election with the claim that it has been stolen from him. Amid such developments, Trump has expressed that he has been mulling to run for president in the 2024 elections and it has been expected that Trump could announce about his run by early January next year.
His bid to launch the candidacy four years from now had shown that he has been desperate to complete his two four-year terms in the nation's highest office and to get placed again in history by becoming the first US President to run for the second term nonconsecutively. According to Reuters, Trump has told his allies that he plans to run in the 2024 US Presidential election. As a sign of assertion of his run in 2024, the reports say that Trump had on Wednesday endorsed sitting Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to stay in her position and the political observers say that his endorsement has become a clear sign that he is planning to run again, four years later.
In normal, the defeated president won't show his influence on the pick of the RNC Chair. However, Trump has shown he's not yet to be written off and he would either come back to power or would stay active in politics. On Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter and said, "I'm pleased to announce that I have given my full support and endorsement to Ronna McDaniel to continue heading the RNC. With 72 million votes, we received more votes than any sitting President in the US history and we will win".
Reuters says Trump could announce his run in the 2024 elections by the end of the year. However, he won't be the president in 2024 and if he announces his candidacy, he ought to face a strong race in primaries and caucuses before winning the Republican nomination. The US Constitution allows presidents to serve two four-year terms, but they don't have to be consecutive.
Ronna McDaniel is one of the closest allies of Trump and he endorsed McDaniel for RNC Chair in 2017 after she worked for Trump in the 2016 elections and delivered her home state of Michigan to the red column and help the incumbent to defeat the then contender Hillary Clinton. Though Michigan has gone for Biden in the current election, Trump still backs McDaniel in a bid to keep him in the powerful spotlight and to exemplify that he runs in 2024.
However, the reports close to the developments say that the race would be tougher in 2024 as a long list of Republicans are considering to run for the 2024 Presidential election and one among the Republicans is Mike Pence, who is the current Vice-President and one of the ardent backers of Trump, pondering the President's politics and unproven claims.
Last week, Trump's former acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said that Trump would absolutely run again in 2024. Mulvaney told the Institute for International and European Affairs think tank, "Now, I think folks are starting to realize that if Donald Trump loses, he might be the guy to run in 2024, and I'm telling you absolutely. I would absolutely expect the President to stay involved in politics and would absolutely put him on a shortlist of people who are likely to run in 2024". "He (Trump) doesn't like losing", Mulvaney added.
Mulvaney said, "Trump will technically be younger than Joe Biden is now, four years from now and Trump is a very high-energy 74-year-old and I absolutely expect him to be further engaged in 2024 or 2028 if he were to lose the next election". According to Reuters, the members of the RNC will be meeting in January to decide on either to keep McDaniel as a chair or to pick a new one to replace her.