WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (Reuters) – Donald Trump will launch a new bid for the White House on Tuesday, hoping to weed out potential Republican rivals and put his bogus claims of election fraud back at the center of US politics.
Trump’s announcement, scheduled for 9 p.m. ET (0200 GMT on Wednesday) at his resort in Palm Beach, Florida, follows a disappointing result in last week’s midterm congressional elections that many Republicans blame him for.
The unusually early launch may well be designed to fend off potential challengers for the party’s 2024 nomination, including rising star Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, 44, and former Trump vice president Mike Pence, 63.
Sources close to the 76-year-old Trump said he planned to continue despite mixed results from his endorsement this year, with losses to Pennsylvania famed physician Mehmet Oz and New Hampshire’s Don Bolduc helping to push the Republicans failed to secure a majority in the United States Senate.
Another Trump-selected candidate, former football star Herschel Walker, was forced into a runoff race in Georgia against Democratic U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock on Dec. 6. That has raised some concern that Trump’s announcement could again hurt the party’s chances in a Georgia runoff, similar to the January 2021 runoff that gave Democrats their current majority.
Multiple Trump-aligned candidates who ran on platforms targeting his false claims of widespread election fraud were also defeated.
As Republicans approached possible control of the House of Representatives, the “red wave” Republicans expected to take them to a large majority failed to materialize despite Democratic President Joe Biden’s low public approval ratings. Voter anger over a Supreme Court decision to scrap national abortion rights outweighed concerns about high inflation.
“This should have been a huge red wave … and yet we still didn’t deliver,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a moderate Republican who toyed with the idea of launching his own White House run.
“It’s the third election in a row that Donald Trump has cost us the race… I’m tired of losing,” he told CNN on Sunday.
Conservative columnist Marc Thiessen, who praised a number of Trump policies during his term, urged him not to run again on Tuesday.
“That should be a wake-up call for Trump. He can’t win the presidency with his base alone,” Thiessen, former chief speechwriter for Republican President George W. Bush, wrote. “His behavior since he lost office has made him ineligible.”
A Reuters/Ipsos poll before the election found that 53% of Americans and nearly one in four Republicans have an unfavorable view of Trump. The poll found that a similar number of Americans viewed Biden unfavorably.
Despite these concerns, Trump plans to launch his campaign nearly two years before the November 5, 2024 election, according to two sources familiar with his plans.
“President Donald J. Trump and his team are firing on all cylinders and are completely focused on saving our country,” said a source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
DeSantis, who has nicknamed Trump derisively as “Ron DeSanctimonious,” handily won re-election last week. Pence is releasing a book Tuesday about Trump’s failed pressure campaign to reverse his 2020 defeat.
Trump will seek his party’s nomination even as he faces challenges on several fronts, including a criminal investigation into the removal of classified documents from the White House and a congressional subpoena related to his role in the attack on the US Capitol. January 6, 2021. by his supporters. Trump has called the various investigations he faces politically motivated and denies wrongdoing.
The businessman-turned-politician, who has been trying to maintain an iron grip on the Republican Party since his resignation, continues to make false claims that the 2020 election he lost to Biden was stolen through widespread vote fraud.
Trump is seeking to become only the second U.S. president in history to serve non-consecutive terms, after Grover Cleveland, whose second term ended in 1897. Biden, 79, has said he plans to run for reelection for a second period of four years. tenure, although he has yet to make a final decision.
During his turbulent 2017-2021 presidency, Trump defied democratic norms and promoted “America First” nationalism while presenting himself as a right-wing populist. He became the first US president to be impeached twice, though Congressional Democrats failed to remove him from office.
At a rally leading up to the attack on the Capitol, Trump urged supporters to “fight like hell” and march to Congress to “stop the theft,” but the mob that then stormed the Capitol, failed to stop Congress from formally certifying Biden’s election victory. Five people were killed in the riots.
Although court and state election officials rejected Trump’s bogus election claims, about two-thirds of Republican voters believe Biden’s victory was illegitimate, according to Reuters/Ipsos polls.
Reporting by Andy Sullivan and Steve Holland; Edited by Scott Malone, Howard Goller, William Maclean
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