Trump 2024? Don’t rule it out.
Whether President Trump loses re-election or one of his children vies to succeed him after four more years in the White House, political strategists say there’s a good chance a Trump runs for president again in the near future.
“Anyone who thought Donald Trump was going to go quietly off to Trump Tower was delusional,” Democratic strategist Scott Ferson said. “If he’s an unconventional president, why would he be a conventional ex-president?”
The U.S. Constitution bars presidents from serving more than two terms, but Trump could run again if he loses in 2020. Grover Cleveland did it in the late 1800s, becoming the only president to serve nonconsecutive terms.
As the presidential election swung further toward Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Thursday, speculation swirled about the possibility of a Trump ticket in 2024, led either by the president — who would be 78 by the next Election Day — or one of his children, likely Donald Trump Jr. or Ivanka Trump.
“I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if he decides to run again,” Republican strategist Mike Dennehy said. “The president would be the heavy favorite to win the nomination. I do believe he would be challenged, but he would be the heavy favorite.”
Trump’s eldest son called out “2024 GOP hopefuls” on Twitter Thursday for their “total lack of action” on the president’s behalf as the 2020 race went down to the wire. Rumored presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Nikki Haley, a former South Carolina governor and United Nations ambassador under Trump, swiftly rushed to the president’s defense.
Even if the president steps away from the political stage, Trump is highly unlikely to leave the spotlight.
“He will probably buy or start a television network with a robust web and social media platform attached to it, might even buy a couple of newspapers, I think he continues the rally tour,” GOP strategist Patrick Griffin said. “Trump will be a president in exile like one we have never seen in the history of this country.”
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