Donald Trump intends to return to the White House after the 2024 election as the savior of the United States. This follows from his recent statements and revelations from his inner circle. Such plans will undoubtedly please many supporters of the ex-president. However, Trump greatly risks digging a grave for conservative America, rather than becoming its savior.
There is an old Russian anecdote about an anniversary of a local theater show. Everyone is off to party, except for two elderly gentlemen — a tragedian and a comedian. “Not invited because they have forgotten us,” the tragedian says sadly. “Not invited because those bastards remember us!” the comedian responds with laughter.
One can relate this anecdote to Trump and the country’s memorials in New York on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Trump, unlike other former presidents, was not invited to the memorial ceremonies (because they remember him). So he arranged his own commemoration — with New York’s firefighters and police officers, the national heroes of 9/11.
At the memorial event, a question came up, one that the billionaire was asked more than once: Would he run for president in 2024? Trump has previously responded with a tease by saying that “time will tell, that “nothing is out of the question,” or that “the decision will be made later,” but this time he expressed himself quite clearly.
“As the campaign finance laws are extremely complicated and unbelievably stupid, I’m actually not allowed to answer that question, can you believe it? I’d love to answer it. But let me put it this way, I think you’ll be happy and I think a lot of our friends will be very happy,” he said.
A few days later, in an interview with Fox News, the Republican flagship station, Trump responded to the same question saying , “I don’t think we’re going to have a choice … It is getting to a point where we really have no choice.”
In other words, Joe Biden will soon be so close to ruining the country that Trump will have to return to save America. On Newsmax, he confirmed that this is what he meant. “We’re not going to have a country left in three years,” he said.
It turns out that he intends to take revenge and return to the White House after the 2024 election. Politico reached the same conclusion after interviewing its sources in Trump’s entourage. Until recently, it was hard to imaging such a turn of events. The billionaire seemed to be cursed as a politician, and continuing a career in politics was unthinkable. But Biden’s string of failures, including the withdrawal from Afghanistan and rapidly rising inflation, has changed this view.
According to several opinion polls, if the election were held in the near future, Trump would beat Biden. However, his electoral advantage is insignificant, standing at about 1%, but stable. At the same time, Trump remains the absolute leader in terms of Republican sentiment, which gives him the right to expect an easy victory in the primaries.
Despite all this, Trump’s nomination for president in 2024 is a bad idea that would have highly unpleasant consequences for himself, Trump supporters, the Republican Party and the United States as a whole.
Taking full-fledged revenge on Biden will most likely not occur, since the incumbent president’s chances of running in 2024 are slim. He looks like a one-term president and will be under severe pressure to make way for a younger successor. And in the event of a party conflict, the 81-year-old clearly does not have enough energy to withstand the harsh nature of the primaries.
That is, it is likely that a younger politician without a load of failures will be able to resist Trump, who is thirsty for revenge.
Trump’s most significant vulnerabilities are his past and his age. In 2024, he will be the same age as Biden is now. Americans regularly observe the nuanced effects associated with the advanced age of the head of state. Judging by Biden’s ratings, they clearly disapprove.
As for the “ghosts of the past” for Trump, he himself is the main ghost.
Trump can be likable as a politician, at least based on the fundamental principle that “Democrats are even worse.” He promised to “drain the Washington swamp,” but he failed. The number of Trump’s real achievements as president is also relatively modest — at least, many fewer than Trump thinks.
His narcissistic personality, violent disposition, unbearable character and love for ill-considered remarks is no secret to anyone. Republican supporters tried to ignore all of this when Trump was winning, because nobody makes judgments about winners. But last November, he suffered a devastating defeat at the hands of Biden. After the storming of the Capitol, Trump was practically finished off, and even deprived of his Twitter account.
Trump firmly believes that the victory was stolen from him by a rigged election. It would be more accurate to say that the Democrats deftly exploited the loopholes in the electoral legislation and the confusion caused by the mail-in voting during the pandemic. However, those actions do not negate the fact that Trump lost. Trump was the president; his people worked the federal government and served as officials in the swing states. Republicans had a majority in the Senate. Even in the almighty Supreme Court, a conservative majority was forged thanks to Trump’s appointments. If Trump still could not prove there was election fraud despite those advantages, he undoubtedly lost.
Trump is returning precisely because he hates losing and is obsessed with the idea of proving how great he is to those who wish him ill. He is guided by resentment and insecurity, not by sober political calculation. Common sense has never been his strongest trait, so scandals like the revelations by Gen. Mark Milley further add to the negative reputation that will inevitably bring him down by the end of the 2024 campaign.
It’s no joke; the question is now being raised as if Trump’s policies were so aggressive and chaotic that they could lead to a war with China and turn America into a nuclear wasteland. This is an unfortunate kind of background for an election campaign.
All the factors that presage another defeat for the Republicans could be avoided by acknowledging Trump’s merits (and he has them, including attracting millions of new voters) and paying him the necessary respect.
For example, Trump could back like-minded people, one might say, his students — loyal Trumpists — by handing over his supporters and becoming a kind of patriarch, an ideologist, the party’s paramount leader. Moreover, there are worthy candidates, particularly Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — the most popular Republican politician after Trump.
DeSantis is known for his consistent and firm support for Trump’s policies, his effective and decisive actions as governor, and, most importantly, his unblemished reputation. Liberal media tried to make up sensational stories about DeSantis, but to no avail.
However, suppose Trump chooses himself — an elderly, scandalous and egocentric individual. In that case, the likely defeat will completely destroy him, undermine the position of the Trump supporters and critically weaken the Republican Party. By retaining control of the White House and, likely, control of Congress, the Democrats will have the time and energy to complete their agenda of ambitious reform and establish a one-party dictatorship in the country.
At the moment, this process has somewhat slowed due to public discontent and how unpopular Biden is. Nevertheless, a healthier successor will see it through to the end. By then, however, every conservative in America will deeply regret that in 2024, the eccentric billionaire once again confused personal interests with those of the country..