Donald Trump asked whether he will run for President in 2024
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Two weeks ago, Mr Trump hinted at a bid to reclaim the White House in the 2024 election at a rally in Iowa, having last November been voted out of office after just one term. The former-President falsely maintained that Democrats had “used COVID-19 in order to cheat and rig” the 2020 race, which saw Joe Biden fairly beat off Mr Trump in the race for the presidency. The narrative wielded by Mr Trump, dubbed the ‘Big Lie’, has been a running theme since Mr Biden assumed office in January.
Last month Mr Trump also told TV network Real America’s Voice that “a bad call from a doctor or something” would stop him running in 2024.
After his Iowa rally, an expert on American politics told Express.co.uk that Mr Trump was showing “every sign” of running in the next presidential race.
Bill Grover, who is a Montana State University professor and author of ‘The Unsustainable Presidency: Clinton, Bush, Obama and Beyond’, said: “We don’t know for sure but there’s been no signals that he’s not going to [run for office].
“When he spoke in Iowa it was notable that Senator Grassley, a senior senator, was there and Grassley pretended to be an opponent of Trump when it came to the January 6 attack.
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“But he was fully at Trump’s feet in Iowa and when someone like Grassley, who has pushed back against him, shows his loyalty to Trump I think that suggests that even some of his opponents are coming to his side.
“His fundraising’s off the charts.
“He shows every sign of being a candidate for sure.”
A poll released last Wednesday suggested that Mr Trump maintains a hold of Republican voters.
This is despite the tumultuous end of Mr Trump’s presidency, which included a mob of his supporters attacking the United States Capitol in Washington DC in a bid to overturn his election defeat.
The Morning Consult’s study, in partnership with Politico, found that 70 percent of Republican voters believe the former President should run in 2024.
Furthermore, of the 1,999 registered voters who participated in the poll, 47 percent said they would vote for Mr Trump if the presidential primary happened today.
The figure shows Mr Trump to be far more popular than any of his likely rivals for the GOP nomination, with former Vice President Mike Pence polling at just 13 percent among Republicans and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis polling at 12 percent.
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Professor Grover added: “Trump still wields tremendous power.
“The thing about some [Republicans politicians] privately not wanting him to run again, that makes sense to me when the party needs to move on, needs to get younger, but he’s preventing that.
“He’s inhibiting the process because he’s there and he wants the ego gratification and he wants revenge.
“He’s still selling the ‘big lie’, he sold the ‘big lie’ in Iowa and it’s still a very powerful issue.
“And when you compound that with the abortion law in Texas and compound that with opposition to vaccines you’ve got three or four key issues that he’s really strong with his base.”
Professor Grover was fearful of the prospect of Mr Trump legitimately winning the 2024 election due to the former-President’s “vengeful” nature.
He said: “All the dangers, all the threats to democracy that we see already would become manifest ‒ it would become more critical.
“Because I think he’s a vengeful person, I really do, I think he would want to hurt his opponents.
“I think it would spell, not necessarily the end of democracy, but he’s an authoritarian leader.”
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