Trump eyes another stint in White House
Trump eyes another stint in White House

Despite some opposition, hesitation and fears among the Republican Party’s circles and supporters, former president Donald Trump has announced that he would run for the office yet again in 2024 despite facing multiple criminal investigations and the poor performance of the candidates he backed in the midterm elections.

The move comes a week after the Republicans failed to win as many seats in Congress as they had hoped.

In a speech broadcast live on US television from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida on Tuesday night, Trump told his hundreds of supporters (donors and close associates) that he would make America great again.

“In order to make America great again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” said Trump.

“I am running because I believe the world has not yet seen the true glory of what this nation can be,” he said, adding, “We will again put America first.”

But there is a clear opposition to him as influential Rupert Murdoch reportedly earlier warned Trump that his media empire would not back any attempt to return to the White House.

His reaction comes after the Republicans disappointing performance in midterm elections, in particular the poor showing by candidates backed by Trump. Thus, Murdoch’s rightwing media empire appears to be seeking a clean break from the former president’s damaged reputation and perceived waning political power.

Last week, Murdoch’s influential media empire, including right-leaning Fox News, his flagship paper the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post, each rounded on Trump, calling him a loser and a flop responsible for dragging the Republicans into “one political fiasco after another”.

In an interesting development, his daughter Ivanka Trump has decided to bow out of US politics and not actively join her father’s bid to retake the White House in 2024 and said she had chosen “to prioritize my young children and the private life we are creating as a family”.

“I love my father very much. This time around, I am choosing to prioritize my young children and the private life we are creating as a family. I do not plan to be involved in politics,” read a statement.

Earlier, Trump’s aides filed paperwork with the US Federal Election Commission setting up a committee called “Donald J Trump for President 2024”.

It is believed Trump’s unusually early launch may well be aimed at fending off potential challengers for the party’s nomination in 2024, including much younger Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, 44, and his former vice president, Mike Pence, 63.

Trump’s bid to seek his party’s nomination also comes amid a series of escalating criminal investigations, including several that could lead to indictments, including the probe into dozens of documents with classified markings that were seized by the FBI from Mar-a-Lago, and ongoing state and federal inquiries into his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

He is also facing a congressional subpoena related to his role in the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol Hill by his supporters.

Despite his popularity among Republicans, 54 percent of voters in last week’s midterm elections viewed him very or somewhat unfavourably, according to AP VoteCast, a survey of more than 94,000 voters nationwide.

Trump’s candidacy also poses profound questions about the US’s democratic future. The final days of his presidency were consumed by a desperate effort to stay in power, undermining the centuries-old tradition of a peaceful transfer. And in the two years since he lost, Trump’s persistent — and baseless — lies about widespread election fraud have eroded confidence in the nation’s political process.

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