Trump Announces 2024 Run

Former President Donald Trump (he/him) announced his bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination on November 15. The announcement came as little surprise to the public and politicos; Trump has been hinting at it for months. However, the reception from many GOP members was lukewarm after a disappointing midterm election that did not deliver the red wave that Republicans had hoped for. Some blame Trump for the losses. 

Republicans failed to take the Senate from Democrats and gained only a small margin to control the House. Many of the Republican losses in swing states came to candidates running on pro-Trump, 2020 election denialism platforms. Some Republican leaders say they do not see Trump’s election lie narrative and strategy of divisiveness as the future of the party. 

“I want someone who is going to unite our party,” said South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds (R, he/him) after Trump’s announcement. “That’s how we win elections. A reasonable person who would unite the party.”

Trump’s former Vice President Mike Pence (R, he/him), speaking of midterms, told Fox News that “candidates focused on the future did well. Candidates that focused on the past or relitigating the past did not fare as well.”

While the field for the nomination is wide, Trump’s announcement is likely to whittle the contenders down to major players like Pence and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (he/him). New re-elected Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (he/him) is also a highly anticipated candidate. A November poll from Quinnipiac University reported that 6 in 10 Republicans said they would like to see DeSantis be nominated. Pence, Pompeo, and DeSantis all recently attended the first “cattle call” for potential candidates at the annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas.

While the run for the nomination is heating up, Trump provoked criticism for his connections to political extremists. A week after announcing his candidacy, Trump had dinner with rapper Ye (he/him), who legally changed his name from Kanye West. Ye has stirred controversy with his recent antisemitic comments. Also at the dinner was Nick Fuentes (he/him), a white supremacist internet personality, Holocaust denier, and Trump loyalist. Trump has since stated that Fuentes was a guest brought unannounced by Ye, and that he had no prior knowledge of Fuentes’ beliefs. 

“This is just another example of an awful lack of judgement from Donald Trump,” said his former bankruptcy attorney David M. Friedman. “[W]hich, combined with his past poor judgements, make him an untenable general election candidate for the Republican Party in 2024.”
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