Although not officially announcing it due to campaign finance, former US President Donald Trump has heavily hinted towards running in the 2024 Presidential elections in an interview with Candace Owens.
The 45th President has said that his decision on whether to run or not in 2024 will make his supporters, “very happy”.
Mr Trump, who has previously said that he is “beyond seriously” considering another run and that he is “100 percent thinking about running again”, mentioned the next Presidential election in an interview with American conservative author and talk show host Candace Owens that airs on Tuesday.
After highlighting the issues with campaign finance, Mr Trump said that should those issues not exist, “I think I’d give you an answer that you’d be very happy with. So we’re looking at that very, very seriously,” he continued, adding: “All I’d say is: stay tuned.”
This would obviously be a dramatically controversial decision should Trump decide to run again. In 2020, Trump received almost 75 million votes and all those voters cannot be silenced.
Biden and Kamala have a big role to fulfil, because any mistakes that they make will be harnessed by the Trump campaign and as everyone saw from the Capitol Hill riots of early January, the Republicans will stop at nothing to be heard.
During the interview, Ms Owens, a strong supporter of Mr Trump, asked whether she herself could be a contender for replacing former vice president Mike Pence, should Mr Trump run in 2024.
In response, Mr Trump said: “What a good choice that would be. That would be fantastic. You would be fantastic.”
It is quite clear that momentum has been gaining for the GOP since the Democrat Party took control of both the executive and legislative branches of the US Government. The extensive use of executive orders, the increasing oil and food prices and the problems at the border are driving more voters towards Republicans.
However, a large dent into Mr Trump’s campaign will be his lack of social media use. The former President revolutionised the way that Presidential candidates use social media; his Twitter account had over 88 million followers at its largest.
However, a number of social media platforms have recently banned Donald Trump as a result of “inciting violence” before the Capitol Hill riots. Earlier this week, the Oversight Board for Facebook upheld the platform ban against Mr Trump, but this is only temporary as the board are “telling Facebook to go back and assess the situation”.
As a result, the former POTUS has launched a new communications platform that aims to publish content “straight from the desk” of the former US President.
This website works like a blog, allowing users to like posts and also share them on Facebook and Twitter accounts. It labels itself “a place to speak freely and safely”.
Over the next 3 years, there will likely be huge swings in the voter intentions, but should Trump officially announce that he is running as the Republican candidate for 2024, it will be interesting to see who is the next President, especially if President Biden hands over to Vice-President Harris.