Former US President Donald Trump has announced that he will run for office again in 2024. Trump launched his presidential campaign from his home in Florida. This comes just a week after Republicans failed to win as many seats in the midterm elections as they had hoped.
Trump spoke to hundreds of supporters in a ballroom in a speech that was broadcast live across television stations, announcing his candidacy for President of the United States in order to make America great again. He went on to say that he decided to run again because the world hasn’t seen the potential of what America can be.
The road to the Republican presidential nomination is long, with the nomination scheduled for the summer of 2024. Analysts believe Trump’s early declaration was made to give him an early lead and to help him fend off other challengers, including his former Vice President, Mike Pence, who is also rumoured to be interested in the White House job, and Florida State Governor, Ron DeSantis.
Trump’s entry into the race comes at a difficult time for Republicans. He had hoped to launch his campaign on the heels of the party’s midterm victory, but the party failed to gain control of the Senate and only secured a bare majority in the House. Trump, however, remains a formidable force within the party.
One point of contention is that Trump’s reelection campaign coincides with a slew of legal issues and investigations, some of which could result in indictments.
Among these are ongoing federal and state investigations into his role in attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential elections, as well as the FBI’s investigation into a series of documents seized from his Florida home. Furthermore, he is facing a congressional subpoena for his role in his supporters’ January 6, 2021, Capitol attack.
If he wins, Trump will be only the second US president in history to serve two nonconsecutive terms, following Grover Cleveland’s victories in 1884 and 1892.