While President Donald Trump’s chances for a second term beginning next month appear to be diminishing, many of his supporters are already looking ahead four years to support him in a 2024 White House bid, if it comes down to that.
According to Politico, a growing number of GOP insiders are endorsing the president’s recent hints that he plans to launch a nonconsecutive re-election campaign in four years — even as some of those politicos likely had their own presidential ambitions.
“I think he would be the nominee”
Trump has been known for his fiercely loyal supporters, which is an important factor for any GOP official to consider when weighing in on a potential Trump 2024 campaign.
One young Republican, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), had nothing but encouraging words for the president in regard to a potential comeback bid in four years.
“If he were to run in 2024, I think he would be the nominee,” he said. “And I would support him doing that. He’d have a lot of support out in the country.”
Echoing Hawley’s positive outlook was Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), who pointed out that a 2024 run would be a wise move in that Trump could campaign on his track record of accomplishments in D.C.
“It’d be great if he ran,” the senator said. “He’s done a good job. I think he ought to run if he wants to run. Who knows what’s going to happen in ’24?”
“I’ll see you in four years”
Even if Trump is forced to hand over the keys to the executive mansion next month, he will retain a massive following among Republicans — not to mention his influential social media presence — if he decides to throw his hat in the ring again.
He dropped what appeared to be his biggest indicator yet that a third campaign might be in the cards in remarks to supporters at a White House Christmas party.
“It’s been an amazing four years,” the president said. “We’re trying to do another four years, otherwise, I’ll see you in four years.”
Some in the party, however, are notably less enthusiastic about a drawn-out campaign over the next four years.
GOP strategist and former spokesman for Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign, explained: “Trump is the 800-pound gorilla in the Republican Party right now. For the time being, everyone else is going to make room for him. I think if you’re somebody who is considering a 2024 presidential bid, in many ways you need to wait and see what Trump does because that will clearly impact what sort of campaign you run, if you run one at all.”