Former President Donald Trump has again teased that he plans to run for the nation’s top office again in 2024, this time hinting that his choice revolves around the midterm elections.
“I just think that there are certain assets to before,” the midterms Trump said, according to a report by Olivia Nuzzi in New York Magazine’s Intelligencer. “Let people know. I think a lot of people would not even run if I did that because, if you look at the polls, they don’t even register. Most of these people. And I think that you would actually have a backlash against them if they ran. People want me to run.”
Nuzzi said that Trump told her during a phone call on July 11 – while he was in Anchorage, Alaska for a rally – that he has decided about whether he will run for president in 2024. He also refused to disclose what that decision is.
“Don’t vote for the Radical Left Democrats, vote for America First Republicans—Save America!” he said in a statement Wednesday criticizing Democratic policies.
Trump has referenced his 2024 “decision” for over a year. Last July, he told FOX News host Sean Hannity that he had made up his mind about the upcoming election.
Since then he has dropped more hints about a potential run. This January, he teased his plans to run during a rally in Conroe, Texas. Less than two months later, he teased them again during a rally in South Carolina. Around the same time, he said that he would not run alongside his former Vice President Mike Pence.
Chants of “hang Mike Pence,” were heard during a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol while Congress worked to confirm 2020 presidential election results for current President Joe Biden. Trump supporters have been arrested for participating in the riot and it has been connected to the “Stop the Steal” rally held the same day in Washington D.C. During the rally, Trump made claims of election fraud that remain unfounded.
Lawmakers in the House Select Committee are currently investigating the riot and surrounding events. In his interview with Nuzzi, Trump denied some of the things revealed by the committee, including an incident with Secret Service that has been corroborated by police.
Earlier this month, rumors of Trump’s potential 2014 run heated up again when a report found that he “privately shared that he is seriously considering announcing a run for president in 2024 as soon as this summer.” InfoWars host Alex Jones even said that Trump planned to announce his campaign on July 4, though that didn’t happen.
Trump called the rumor “fake news” during his interview with Nuzzi.
Though the former president said he believes he has a good chance of winning and that he doesn’t see other Republicans – including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis – as competition, there are some signs that he is waning in popularity.
DeSantis beat out Trump in two recent straw polls. Trump also canceled a North Carolina rally this month after a report that he, his son, and his daughter were scheduled to testify under oath as part of an investigation into Trump's finances, and a New York Times/Siena College poll showed that nearly half of the Republican Party's primary voters are looking for someone different as their 2024 candidate.
Conservative talk show host Tara Servatius even announced she’s “done” with Trump in a recent episode of her show.
Data from FiveThirtyEight showed that, as of Friday, more than 55% of people had an unfavorable opinion of Trump. At the same time, the New York Times/Siena College poll found that half of Trump’s supporters also had a favorable opinion of DeSantis as we head closer towards the November midterms.