In an interview Thursday with Infowars’ Alex Jones, Roger Stone, a longtime friend and confidant of Donald Trump, said the former president “will be a candidate” for the White House in 2024, The Washington Times reported.
Stone said in no uncertain terms that based on what’s he’s heard from Trump, there’s no question the ex-president will be throwing his hat in the ring.
“Based on my communications with [Trump], I now believe that he will be a candidate,” Stone said, according to the Times. “I believe that he’s crossed that Rubicon in his mind.”
Playing the long game
According to the Times, Stone said later in the interview that Trump is the GOP’s “best candidate.”
“I’ve come to that conclusion. If you’d asked me that three weeks ago, I would have put a bunch of caveats on it, but not anymore. There is no one else,” Stone said of the former president.
There’s no doubt that Trump’s political stock has been on the rise for the last few months. His political future looked all but dead back in January, but Trump has recovered incredibly thanks to a disastrous Biden presidency.
The warnings that Trump gave America about his successor have all come true: America’s standing on the world stage has been decimated thanks to Biden’s handling of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, and Biden has created chaos on the homefront as well, with the economy threatening to implode any week now and the job numbers continuing to get worse.
Biden going down in flames sets the stage for Trump to make an unprecedented return to power in the next election cycle. It seems the former president’s strategy of playing the long game may soon pay off.
A huge comeback
In the meantime, Trump is using his political standing to stump for Republicans vying for Congress in the 2022 midterm elections. According to the Los Angeles Times, Trump has endorsed candidates in states including Georgia and North Carolina, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.
Looking to 2024, it’s likely Trump would have the support of huge numbers of GOP voters, if he did mount a White House campaign.
While the former president hasn’t confirmed one way or the other when he’s in for 2024, Stone isn’t the only one who thinks he’ll launch a campaign.
“A couple of months ago, I wasn’t sure,” Sean Spicer, Trump’s former spokesman, said in a recent interview, according to The Guardian. “Now…there needs to be something that will keep him out.”