“Not to detract from tomorrow’s very important, even critical, election, and I would say in the strongest way it's a country-saving election … I’m going to be making a very big announcement on Tuesday, November 15 at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida,” Trump said during an evening rally in Ohio on behalf of Republican candidates on the eve of the midterm elections.
“This is the year we’re going to take back the House,” he continued. “We’re going to take back the Senate. And we're going to take back America. And in 2024, most importantly, we are going to take back our magnificent White House. We’ll take it back.”
Trump was reportedly considering whether to launch his 2024 presidential campaign at the Ohio rally. However, national Republicans urged him to hold off, fearing that such an announcement could boost Democrats and potentially alienate independent voters.
Over this past weekend, while campaigning for Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) reelection in Florida, Trump also focused on his own political future.
“I will probably have to do it again, but stay tuned,” he said. “We have a big, big rally. Stay tuned for tomorrow night.”
Meanwhile, as reported by The Hill, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie claimed on ABC’s This Week over the weekend that no one should be surprised that Trump is reportedly set to announce his 2024 run.
“Why should anybody be surprised? When something happens that you anticipated happening, it doesn’t make any difference,” he said.
“He’s going to run. Everyone always knew he was going to run. He can’t miss the attention any more than he does, and he’s going to run. Now we’ll see what happens,” he continued.
However, some notable Republican figures have been skeptical of Trump’s path back to the nation’s highest office.
“I think Trump’s un-electability will be palpable by then,” former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said last month of the ex-president’s 2024 prospects.
“We all know he will lose. Or let me put it this way: We all know he’s much more likely to lose the White House than anybody else running for president on our side of the aisle. So why would we want to go with that?” he continued.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington state-based Finance and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.