Even though some of Trump’s closest advisors warn him against it, Trump continues to push ahead with his 2024 campaign launch next Wednesday despite their pleas.
Trump would lose support from the Republican National Committee (RNC), which helps him pay his legal bills. It also complicates how he can raise funds and invite potential GOP challengers, who may move up their plans in case an announcement is made.
Others are concerned about the impact of Trump’s announcement in Georgia, where the Senate is at stake in a runoff election next year. Trump has already announced he will run for the presidency again.
The party strategists and lawmakers worry that Trump’s declaration could be a powerful motivator to get Democrats out of their state and vote in the 2020 election.
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Some Republicans are calling on Trump to be removed from the party in the wake of this week’s midterm election results.
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New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R), who won reelection easily on Tuesday, called Trump’s decision to jump into the 2024 race so soon a “silly choice.”
Sununu stated that “He stands to potentially mess up the opportunity [Herschel] Walker win in Georgia’s runoff,” in a SiriusXM interview.
He continued, “I think the ex-president doesn’t get it if he announces… he’s going to not keep anyone out of this race.” “But, no one else will announce until the summer or fall for various fundraising reasons and all this. It’s going to be awkward with him alone in the race. It’s not going to matter. It’s going to be strange.”
Trump teased Monday that he would announce his plans for next week, clearly hoping to continue the momentum built on the success of the midterms. The red wave was not to be, and some of Trump’s most prominent endorsements suffered significant losses.
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Jason Miller, Trump’s top advisor, who was involved in his 2016 and 2020 campaigns, put an end to any speculations that the former president might second-guess the decision after the results.
On Tuesday, President Trump will announce that he is running for the presidency. It’s going to be a very professional and well-planned announcement,” Miller said to former Trump White House official Stephen Bannon on the latter’s radio show.
An early announcement would be a boon for the former president and his friends who urged him to run.
This would set a precedent for other Republicans to pledge their loyalty to Trump in 2024 or risk being expelled by the MAGA wing. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., a member of the House leadership, has publicly supported Trump for 2024.
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It could also clear out potential candidates like Nikki Haley (Trump’s former ambassador to the United Nations), who stated in April 2021 that she wouldn’t run for president if Trump were in the race.
Trump’s circle believes that Trump wants to declare his candidacy, even if he is indicted for mishandling classified information. The Justice Department will have to make complex decisions on how to charge him if he is running for the presidency. Trump’s aides will claim that any indictment they bring is politically motivated.
Trump claimed that he was not motivated by investigations into his conduct in a summer interview.
Trump’s campaign launch two years before the election poses many risks.
Campaign finance laws would limit Trump’s ability to use the money he raises through Save America PAC. It would also cap donations he can accumulate over a long time.
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Ronna McDaniel, Chair of the RNC, says Trump can’t pay his legal bills if he is a candidate.
Numerous Republican strategists and former Trump campaign officials doubted the efficacy of an announcement early to clear the field of potential primary challengers. Ron DeSantis (R), Virginia Gov.
Glenn Youngkin, R, former Vice President Mike Pence, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Glenn Youngkin was also a former Maryland Governor. Donald Trump’s announcement is unlikely to deter Larry Hogan (R), among other potential candidates.
A former Trump campaign advisor said that “that’s part the problem for his candidacy, the earlier he does, the more time it gives a Glenn Youngkin and a Ron DeSantis to bide their time. See where the openings are, and then see where he’s around the second quarter.”
Trump recently took a particular swipe at DeSantis, complaining that Trump was not kind enough to Florida’s governor in his 2018 campaign. He threatened to leak damaging information about DeSantis during the 2024 primary, mocking him as “Ron DeSanctimonious” and threatening to release the information in the 2024 primary.
However, the attacks have mostly backfired. DeSantis has not reacted, and conservatives rallied behind the Florida governor following Tuesday’s landslide win.
The most important concern about an early Trump announcement is Georgia. Many Republicans fear that it will be a repeat of what happened two years ago.
“If I’m advising any candidate, DeSantis or Trump, whomever nobody announcements 2024 until Dec. 6,” Kayleigh McEnany, former Trump press secretary, said on Fox News. She added that Trump should “pause” any announcements.
The former president, who encourages turnout not only for Republicans but also for Democrats and Independents who are against him, lost Georgia in 2020 narrowly, becoming the first Republican to lose the state since 1992.
Trump spent weeks leading up to the January 2021 Senate race spreading lies about 2020 and causing doubt as to whether Georgian voters would trust their ballots would be counted. Both Senate runoffs were won by Democrats, giving them control of the chamber.
A few GOP voices, including the Virginia Lt. Governor, have suggested that Trump be removed from the party. Winsome Sears, billionaire donor Ken Griffin, and Rep.-elect Mike Lawler. They beat the House Democrats’ chief campaign officer.
“If you are focused on the future, it is impossible to look back at the past,” Lawler stated on CNN that people are excited about the chance to solve the problems we face as a nation. “I think more attention should be given to the issues and the substance than to personalities.
Trump has yet to be convinced by these concerns. He has been aching to announce a third White House campaign for months but has resisted the advice of party leaders and advisers.
Recently, the former president insisted that the midterms were a success personally. He pointed to the many candidates he endorsed, who won their races in the House and Senate.
Miller stated that “priorities A-B, B, and” should be focused on the Georgia runoff two days ago. He said Friday that Trump had told him about his plans. Yes, I am running. “I’m running, and I want people to know I’m motivated and determined to help get this country back on track.”
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