Later this evening, disgraced, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump is expected to announce that he will be seeking the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
Trump’s pending bid for a second term in office comes as he’s on the defense on several fronts, CNN notes.
On the brink of a campaign launch that elicits both enthusiasm and dread from different corners of his own party, Trump’s quest to return to the Oval Office could face untold obstacles in the months to come, even with his loyal base firmly intact. He has spent the days since the midterm elections fending off criticism from fellow Republicans over his ill-fated involvement in key contests, furiously lashing out at two GOP heavyweights who could complicate his path to the White House if they mount their own presidential campaigns, and fretting that he or associates could soon be indicted by federal investigators in two separate Justice Department probes.
Also of concern to Trump is the fact that many of his most loyal allies appear to be backing away from him. For example:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): “I think the majority of the conference would prefer that President Trump not announce his presidential run tonight.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL): Gaetz had originally said he would be at Mar-a-Lago for Trump’s announcement, but is now claiming the weather will keep him away, but he will be there “in spirit.”
Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY): “Who is the current leader of the Republican Party? Oh, I know who it is: Ron DeSantis.”
Sen. John Thune (R-SD): South Dakota’s John Thune, the No. 2 Senate Republican, had no qualms on Monday about declaring he wouldn’t endorse Trump in a contested primary.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy: (R-CA): McCarthy “declined to comment” when asked about Trump’s expected announcement.
Wow! That’s some incredibly tepid reaction, and it suggests that Trump is now considered to be damaged goods who can only serve to hurt the GOP as they attempt to recover from a disastrous midterm election.
Donald Trump will never ever be president again. All that remains to be seen is whether or not he’ll abandon his 2024 White House bid when he’s indicted.