Barely gone and already on the way back. Next Sunday, Donald Trump is due to announce his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election, in his first public appearance since leaving the White House.
According to sources close to the American billionaire, cited by the Axios site, the former president is preparing to present himself as the “nominated candidate” of the Republican Party for 2024, in a new “show of force” aimed at reminding his detractors , including within his political formation, that he still has control of the party.
The announcement, scheduled during an address to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to be held in Orlando on Sunday, comes more than two weeks after the ex-president’s acquittal in his second impeachment trial and a time when the party remains deeply divided on its future, after the electoral failure of November and the insurrection of the Capitol, by faithful of Donald Trump, on January 6.
This week, Donald Trump will meet his advisers in Mar-a-Lago to orchestrate this first speech, during which he is preparing to say that he is perhaps “no longer on Twitter or in the Oval Office”, but ” that he always fully controls the situation ”, according to a long-time adviser, quoted by Axios.
“Trump is the Republican Party,” Jason Miller, Trump’s senior adviser, commented on the pages of the online publication. “The only divide that exists is betweenestablishment Washington and grassroots Republicans across the country. Now, “when you attack President Trump, you attack the Republican base,” he said.
Just as he did in 2016, Donald Trump will seek to pose again on Sunday as an unconventional politician going back to war against the power of Washington.
Chance of the calendar, the announcement of Donald Trump’s candidacy must be made at the end of the week which will mark the achievement of half a million deaths related to COVID-19 in the United States. The inertia of the Republican, just like his denial of the pandemic and measures to protect itself from it, during his last year in power, partly explains the extent of the damage.
A divided party
Divisions within the Republican Party are growing between those who dream of turning the page on the Trump years and those who still rely on the self-proclaimed billionaire to regain power in Congress in 2022 and the White House in 2024. Elected officials Republicans who dared to challenge the leader by voting for or calling for his dismissal have, for several days, been blamed by the party’s regional bodies.
Several tens of thousands of party members have also decided to leave it in the wake of the Capitol uprising on January 6. At the call of the president, supporters of Donald Trump had then launched against the executive power to derail the certification of the vote confirming the election of Joe Biden.
But the former reality TV star is still firmly in the saddle at the head of the party, with 59% of Republicans saying they want Donald Trump as their party leader in 2024, according to a poll released last week. On Sunday, a probe shot by Suffolk University and USA Today established that 46% of those same Republicans would be willing to follow him if he decided to start a new political party.
In addition, Donald Trump has promised to oppose elected Republican officials who have publicly spoken out against him in recent weeks, by opposing them candidates of his choice in the upcoming primaries in several states for the midterm elections. from 2022.
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