Trump Announces 2024 Presidential Campaign


By Eunice Chi, Social Media Editor

The results of the 2020 election caused much heated controversy throughout the nation, with claims of fraud and unfairness leading up to the infamous Capitol riot. Now, Donald Trump, the former President whose loss sparked such outrage, has announced his run for reelection in 2024.

Just after the midterm elections, Trump announced his plans at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, declaring that “America’s comeback starts right now…Your country is being destroyed before your eyes.” At the podium, he went on to say “Under our leadership, we were a great and glorious nation—something you haven’t heard for a long period of time.”

Ivanka Trump, Trump’s daughter and close advisor, also announced that she would not be part of his 2024 campaign. Trump’s bid for reelection leaves many Republicans conflicted, with some showing strong support, and others believing that the former president is no longer the best option.

After the results of the midterms disappointed many Republicans, members of the party and conservative figures are calling for new leadership. Some party members have expressed preference for Republicans such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, with polls showing that he could beat Trump in early presidential primary states. His impressive win in the midterms has many party members looking to him for the future of the GOP—the New York Post called him “DeFuture.”

On the other hand, Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, one of Trump’s closest allies, has already declared that “Trump has my full endorsement and my support as our Republican nominee in 2024.”

Others are more skeptical of his run, including influential party member Jeb Bush Jr. Even old staff from Trump’s administration have expressed doubt, including former White House director of strategic communications Alyssa Farah, who wrote that he is “wholly unfit for office and a clear and present danger to democracy.” Former deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews also called Trump’s announcement speech “one of the most low-energy, uninspiring speeches I’ve ever heard from Trump.”

Other Republicans have been indicating plans to run in 2024, including Trump’s former Vice President Mike Pence, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. With many prominent conservatives looking towards the presidency, it is unclear who will emerge as the Republican party’s choice.

“I think Trump running in 2024 will cause a lot of indecisiveness within the Republican Party and split the vote, making it easier for whoever the Democratic candidate is,” commented senior Deanna Gaber.