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Trump announcing 2024 bid before midterms
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Posted By: Solid_Oak, 7/19/2022 10:44:42 AM

Donald Trump’s flirtation with announcing a 2024 White House bid before the midterm elections is sending signals of self-doubt and political vulnerability, with Republican operatives saying the former president is motivating challenges to his supremacy over the party. Trump would begin any presidential primary with overwhelming advantages in popularity, name identification, and resources. But pulling the trigger on a third White House campaign prior to Election Day this November, as Trump concedes is possible, might boomerang. Rather than box out potential 2024 opponents and clear the field, such a move by the former president could reek of fear, inviting more competition for the Republican nomination.


Drucker's bottom line is questionable. I doubt that a Trump announcement before the midterms would invite more opponents. However a decision to announce early could hurt Trump in another way. Trump's announcement would attract a lot of media attention on Trump's decision and potential opponents at a time when Republicans need to have maximum focus on the miserable policies and performance of the Democrats. If that happens and the Republicans don't do as good as expected in the midterms, Trump will get his share of the blame. For the sake of the conservative movement, and winning as many races as possible in the midterms, I hope he holds off on announcing.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: DVC 7/19/2022 10:52:28 AM (No. 1221068)
I tend to agree that leaving the case open might be a better political option. But, either way, he has my vote if he runs.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Another Concerned Citizen 7/19/2022 11:02:42 AM (No. 1221081)
Pablum! Go back to bed David Drucker or grow a pair. In Trump We Trust. MAGA Save America.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Avikingman 7/19/2022 11:03:18 AM (No. 1221082)
He's strong right where he is.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Flyball Dogs 7/19/2022 11:13:31 AM (No. 1221091)
“ ….such a move by the former president could reek of fear, …” When has PDJT EVER shown fear??!!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: john56 7/19/2022 11:13:58 AM (No. 1221092)
I don't see any upside in announcing before the mid terms. From what I hear, the earlier you announce, the earlier you are under the thumb of the FEC rules. January or February 2023 is early enough. I doubt if DeSantis, Pompeo or other pro-MAGA Republicans are going to run if Trump runs. We could have a whole lot of never-Trumpers, like Egg McMuffin, Tin Lizzy Cheney, and the like. They'll fight over that 10% of the RINO Republican voe.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Maggie2u 7/19/2022 11:32:40 AM (No. 1221111)
I will vote for President Trump if he decides to run, but I'm of two minds about whether he should or not. The main reason for not is because he would be a lame-duck president. Also, If he did decide to run, DeSantis couldn't be his vice-president because, if I remember correctly, the candidates can't be from the same state. Is that still the law or am I remembering that wrong. Either way, I will vote for him or DeSantis whoever of the two runs. And I do think whatever he decides, he should wait until after the mid-term elections to make an announcement because if before it would be an unneeded distraction
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Daisymay 7/19/2022 11:42:19 AM (No. 1221124)
I think he should wait until after the Mid-Terms. The focus should be on BIDEN and what a mess he has made of everything he touched since he became President. If Trump announces, ALL the news will be on him. He should wait!!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Lucky5 7/19/2022 11:46:15 AM (No. 1221131)
He really needs to wait. The left hates him so much that there is a real possibility that him announcing, will motivate many of the left wing non mid term voters and younger people to vote in the midterms. Right now all we need to do is focus on the midterms and take over the house and senate. Please President Trump, save your announcement. Let the insane TDS and full on hate start after we win these very important races.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: GustoGrabber 7/19/2022 12:00:45 PM (No. 1221149)
Unlike the statesmen ( snort) who comprise the political class of the Swamp, Trump has if nothing else demonstrated instincts, almost always excellent, that aren't the result of focus group (See Romney, MItt) talking points from Chamber of Commerce ( Ryan, Paul) or a group of speechwriter college republicans ( Bush, George, Bush, Jeb, Bush, George H W , Rove, Karl). He makes good decisions most of the time, he takes flak regardless of what he does, he recovers from bad decisions quickly. That bothers the swamp, the lobbyists who run the swamp, the globalists who run the lobbyists, and the Chinese who run the Globalists.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: kennedylaw 7/19/2022 12:04:00 PM (No. 1221152)
He has my vote if he runs, but I would prefer that he did not. As Biden has proven, age is a factor. Although Trump is clearly in much better shape, both physically and mentally, than Biden or most other men his age, he will be 78 when elected and 82 at the end of his term. Being President is one of the most taxing jobs there is. Every President markedly ages while in office. IMHO, late 70s and early 80s is just too old for the job. I am in my 60s, in good health, and with parents and grandparents who lived to their late 80s and 90s and I know that I am much slower than I was a few years ago.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rama41 7/19/2022 12:06:12 PM (No. 1221154)
If Trump announces before the mid-terms, he puts control of the Senate in even more jeopardy than it is right now.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: spacer 7/19/2022 12:09:46 PM (No. 1221159)
Doesn't mean a thing to me when President Trump calls it. I will vote for him every chance I get. That said we have a very deep bench. This is going to be fun.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Namma 7/19/2022 12:59:19 PM (No. 1221217)
poor Davy. He is just so upset that PRESIDENT Trump just might run for office again. Davy, think about this. 81 million 'VOTES" FOR SLOWJOE. 81 million. The most votes ever "cast" for a candidate. So Davy, think about it. You would think the dems would encourage PRESIDENT Trump to run. according to the statics, ole slowjoe, would beat PRESIDENT Trump! Go for it Davy..stop complaining. your guys got it made! I believe no one running for the office of the president can announce their run until after the mid-term elections. so settle down Davy. It's not time yet.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 7/19/2022 1:12:31 PM (No. 1221230)
I will trust President Trump's political instincts more than any columnist. This is why Trump ignored the Conservative columnists and why they hate him and why most are Never Trumpers.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: MDConservative 7/19/2022 1:21:19 PM (No. 1221239)
Announcing brings all sorts of bother FPDT really doesn't need, like campaign finance reportings, etc. The moment he makes anything resembling an appointment the kitchen sinks will start flying in his direction. And don't expect the GOPe, starting with McConnell and McCarthy, to defend him. The UNIPARTY wanted him gone, and will do whatever it takes to make sure Napoleon never leaves his political Elbe exile. I expect indictments, if/when the time comes, and not just FPDT. Imagine the frenzy when he shows to turn himself in, if they don't SWAT him.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: TJ54 7/19/2022 1:40:54 PM (No. 1221257)
Just another reason to stop reading the Washington Examiner which I did long ago
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Starboard_side 7/19/2022 1:43:35 PM (No. 1221259)
They are trying to goad him into announcing early, so the Democrats can run against Trump in the Fall. President Trump has all the name recognition he needs, and he's built a nice network by campaigning around the country for people running for office (something he did not have in 2016).
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Rinktum 7/19/2022 1:48:26 PM (No. 1221264)
I can’t see President Trump announcing before the midterms. It would play right into the democrats hands. They would use it to instill fear into their base by telling them that now they have to hold on to the Senate and House. It would only be an incentive to get out the vote. Also, there is no upside for Trump other than the fact he is itching to get back in the political ring. He’s not dumb, he is going to use every bit of political cunning and gamesmanship he has learned while in office. Another thing that will only enhance his power is if the candidates he endorsed go on to win. Now that will put fear into the black hearts of these despicable leftists. There is time. Just keeping himself out on the periphery of the race will be intimidating enough. They know he is more determined that he was in 2016. He is also more politically astute and really wants another chance to get this country back on its feet and off its knees. He has the failure of every policy Joe Biden has enacted to grind on and you can bet he will. If it’s God’s will that we are given another chance to save this country from these insane democrats, Trump will be a more formidable candidate than he ever has been. Pray for wisdom and safety for him. He is going to need both.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: red1066 7/19/2022 2:44:07 PM (No. 1221334)
I predict Trump will wait until after the November election to make any announcement. The MSM is just waiting to unleash even more negative ads and stories about Trump. Trump running again is making the MSM mouths water. Imagine the amount of negative coverage Trump is going to receive if he runs again. The media has kept his name in the news two years after he left D.C.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: DVC 7/19/2022 2:49:48 PM (No. 1221346)
Always remember that the Examiner is HARD CORE NeverTrump, and every article about him has so much spin on it as to make you dizzy. Still, I'm not sure that there is any point to announcing way, way early. But, perhaps there is a reason.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: smokincol 7/19/2022 3:52:26 PM (No. 1221406)
anyone knows that you don't compete against someone who's already at the Finish line and you haven't even left the Start line.
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