Donald Trump, the former president of the United States, formally announced his intention to run for president in 2024. He made the announcement from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. He noted that the country was in decline, but that its comeback was starting now.
Trump had been teasing his intentions for months. His political status has been under increasing scrutiny due to the investigations that have been carried out against him. The results of the recent elections also raised questions about his power over the Republican Party.
In his speech, Trump referred to his time in office as a golden age, and he claimed that the country was on track to achieve an amazing future. He also noted that he had kept his campaign promises.
Trump also criticized Joe Biden, stating that the last two years under his watch had been full of hardship and pain for Americans.
Despite his loss in the 2020 presidential election, Trump has been continuously spreading false claims about the election. He has also been teasing his potential presidential run for a long time. Last week, he told a crowd that a big announcement would be made.
For Trump, running for president for a third time is an unprecedented event in American history. A former president who lost the election but refused to concede immediately entered a re-election campaign.
The election deceptions that Trump carried out during his time in office culminated on Jan. 6, 2021, when hundreds of people were charged after a violent attack was carried out by supporters of the president on the US Capitol. Trump has repeatedly downplayed the incident and promised to pardon those who were charged.
The Jan. 6 incident is one of the many investigations that have been carried out against Trump. Besides the attack on the US Capitol, other investigations include one regarding the president's handling of documents that were recovered from his Mar-a-Lago estate.
Some of Trump's aides claimed that he decided to run for president to protect himself from the various investigations that have been carried out against him. However, legal experts noted that a run for office would not provide him with special protections.
Besides these investigations, another issue that has been brought up against Trump is the ongoing trial of his real estate company, The Trump Organization. This is a case that would not be affected if he were to be re-elected as the president.
Despite being impeached twice during his time in office, Trump has maintained a strong grip on the Republican Party. According to a survey conducted earlier this year by ABC News and the Washington Post, over six in ten Republicans support the president as their party's leader.
During the run-up to the 2022 mid-term elections, Trump's SuperPAC was able to spend millions of dollars on various races. He also used his political power by endorsing several candidates, such as Georgia's Herschel Walker and Pennsylvania's Mehmet Oz. In the weeks leading up to the election, Trump held multiple events.
After endorsing several candidates, including those who lost their races, some have started questioning the president's ability to win in the future.
In the weeks leading up to the elections, Trump started to target potential rivals for the presidency, such as Ron DeSantis, who was re-elected as the governor of Florida. In a statement released last week, Trump criticized DeSantis, saying that he was "politically dead" until he was endorsed by the president in 2018. He also noted that DeSantis refused to commit to running for office in 2024.
According to multiple sources, Trump has soured on DeSantis due to the rising popularity of the Florida governor. As a result, some within the party would prefer DeSantis to be the next president instead.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on The Daily Cable.