Former President Donald Trump announced his third bid for the presidency in 2024. Despite his crushing defeat in 2020, Trump remains committed to the idea the election was stolen from him. This belief has been widely seen as the inspiration for the insurrectionist assault on the U.S. Capitol.
His declaration came barely a week after the Republicans’ poor performance in the midterm elections, particularly among those who supported his misleading assertions about 2020.
In a speech delivered from his Florida property, Trump characterized the two years since President Joe Biden beat him as a succession of economic, energy, immigration, and foreign policy catastrophes.
He said, “Under our leadership, we were a magnificent and wonderful country.” “Our country is now in decline. We are a country in decline.”
Trump, who seemed to oscillate between prepared statements and extended ad-libs, did not rehash his erroneous predictions about the 2020 race. Instead, he criticized Biden’s performance and voiced generic grievances about national Democrats and strong political forces.
“To restore America’s greatness and glory, I am declaring my campaign for president of the United States today,” he added.
He submitted papers with the Federal Elections Commission before announcing his candidacy Tuesday evening.
Election Denial – Trump Announces Third Bid
Trump threw doubt on the nation’s election processes in his speech, criticizing the length of time it took to tally votes in the November 8 election and calling for the sole use of paper ballots as a putative deterrent against fraud.
There is no evidence to support Trump’s claims of widespread election fraud in 2020, but there is evidence — compiled and reported over a series of hearings by the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6, 2021, Attack on the U.S. Capitol — that Trump knew his claims were false but led a multifaceted effort to overturn the election.
These activities culminated in the assault on January 6.
While he did not rehash his 2020 assertions, he did not distance himself from them either.
And C-SPAN cameras seemed to capture an indication that he was not ready to get go of the staff that lead him to January 6, as they captured Roger Stone in the crowd. Stone is a political strategist who was convicted of obstruction of Congress in the first of Trump’s two impeachments, pushed Trump to contest the results of the 2020 election, and participated in preparations for January 6.
Trump has filed a lawsuit to reject a subpoena issued by the committee, whose members have painted the former president as the insurrection’s primary actor.
He is also being investigated for a variety of other potential violations. The U.S. Department of Justice is launching its own inquiry as of January 6 and is also examining secret materials that were transferred from the White House to his Florida resort. In addition, he faces state investigations in Georgia and New York connected to the 2020 election and his business actions, respectively.
Until this month, though, this had not decreased Trump’s popularity among Republican office-seekers, the majority of whom sought to associate themselves with the former president in their own campaigns.
Many candidates who parrot Trump’s allegations of a stolen election lost their elections last week, as Democrats retained the U.S. Senate, will likely lose the U.S. House by a small margin, and won a number of governorships, secretary of state contests, and other state offices.
Some Republicans have urged for the party to move on from Trump and have eyed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as a possible candidate for the 2024 candidacy.
Politico reported that a survey released by the conservative Club for Growth on Monday showed Trump behind DeSantis by double digits in the first-in-the-nation nominating elections of Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida, and Georgia.
As campaigning for state caucuses and primaries intensifies in 2023, Trump is still seen as the favorite to secure the Republican nomination. Biden has announced he intends to seek reelection.
Details of the Speech
In his hour-long speech on Tuesday, Trump portrayed himself as a populist hero against a corrupt and entrenched elite. “I speak for you,” he said. “The Washington elite is attempting to suppress us, but we will not let it.”
He said, “This is our nation, our government, and the corridors of power – these are our corridors, not their corridors, these are our corridors — and we are coming to reclaim them.”
Trump consistently defined himself as the head of a “movement” rather than a politician, stating that he “hated” thinking of himself as a politician.
As well as a broad criticism of Biden, Trump devoted the majority of his speech to his own and his followers’ grievances.
Trump criticized Biden’s ineffectiveness, among other things.
Earlier Tuesday evening, the White House tweeted a list of Vice President Biden’s achievements during his term, including enabling Medicare to negotiate prescription drug pricing, reducing the government deficit, and taking proactive climate action. It said, “President Biden has accomplished a great deal.”
Trump said that he and his followers were the nation’s genuine defenders against Biden and Democratic “radicals” and foreign foes. During a campaign, his followers would be “persecuted” by a “woke” political and cultural elite, he warned.
Near the conclusion of his speech, he said, “We need every patriot on board.” “Because this is more than a simple campaign. This is a mission to preserve our nation.”
Insofar as he mentioned policy, Obama attacked Biden on energy and the environment, blaming his successor for high gas prices due to his allegiance to the Green New Deal, a legislative program that Biden never created nor sponsored.
Trump minimized the danger posed by climate change and said that he will revert to the “energy dominance” program he pursued as president.
He committed to prohibiting trans women from participating in women’s sports and to eliminating the teaching of critical race theory, a legal philosophy offered in certain law schools but seldom in primary schools.
Additionally, he committed to resuming a crackdown on illegal immigration, possibly the trademark issue of his 2016 presidential campaign.