President Donald Trump has yet to concede the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden after losing by more than 5 million votes. Nevertheless, he’s apparently considering a second presidential run in 2024.
The New York Times reports that it’s just one of numerous scenarios that the impeached president and accused rapist is considering in a bid to stay relevant despite his recent loss. Doing so could help freeze out other Republican candidates, maintain his influence with his devoted base of followers, and help spawn high-paying book deal and speaking fees.
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Among his other ideas are convincing pro-Trump electors in key states to vote him into office instead of Biden and setting up his own media network to try and compete with Fox News, a channel he has increasingly soured on after it correctly called Arizona for Biden on Election Night.
An anonymous White House adviser told the Times that Trump is “floating one improbable scenario after another for staying in office while he contemplates his uncertain post-presidency future,” adding “there is no grand strategy at play,” and he is “simply trying to survive from one news cycle to the next.”
In a recent interview with CNN, Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, said she doubts he will actually run again in 2024.
“He will never put himself in a position where he can lose like this again, first of all. Secondly, it would mean for four years that he is playing essentially a supporting role, which will be very difficult for him to sustain,” Mary said.
She added that his old age, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, untreated psychological disorders, and possible criminal charges after leaving office may also make it difficult for him to mount a 2024 run.