FORMER President Donald Trump is considering resuming his signature Make America Great Again rallies as he mulls a White House run in 2024.
Sources close to Trump told CNN he has initiated conversations with advisers about restarting the events as early as May to support GOP candidates running against other Republicans who have criticized him.
Sources close to Trump told CNN that he has initiated conversations with advisers about restarting the events as early as May
Trump routinely held rallies throughout the coronavirus pandemicCredit: The Mega Agency
Trump continued to hold large MAGA rallies with thousands of supporters at a time while campaigning in the 2020 race, even as the country grappled with surging coronavirus infections and deaths.
“It will definitely be different in terms of the setup, but we got really good at planning these events in 2020, so we will probably use a lot of those same vendors again,” a Trump aide told CNN.
Another source said Trump “misses being off the A block” and calling the shots from the White House.
Trump has already announced his intentions to travel to Alaska to campaign against Senator Lisa Murkowski, one of the only Republicans who voted to convict him for inciting the January 6 riots.
His return to politics will likely first revolve around him offering his support for various candidates ahead of the 2022 Congressional elections.
Trump has reportedly been meeting regularly with potential congressional candidates to determine who he will ultimately support – a process one source likened to the Republican version of The Hunger Games, Politico reported.
All the while, Trump himself has remained tight-lipped on whether he plans to run for the presidency in 2024.
In an appearance on the podcast The Dan Bongino Show, Trump said he will announce if he is running after the 2022 midterm races conclude.
Another source said Trump ‘misses being off the A block’ and calling the shots from the White House.Credit: Jack Hill/The Times
His return to politics will likely first revolve around him offering his support for various candidates ahead of the 2022 Congressional electionsCredit: AFP – Getty
A supporter of US President Donald Trump wears a MAGA hat during a Keep America Great campaign rally at the North Charleston ColiseumCredit: AFP
“So I’m giving it very serious consideration,” Trump said, adding the polls were “very positive” in his favor for another term.
“Nobody ever seen anything more positive,” he insisted.
An NBC poll released earlier this week showed that Trump’s grip on the GOP is loosening, with 50 percent of Republicans saying they’re supporters of the GOP over Trump, versus the 44 percent who say they support Trump over the GOP.
The poll marks the first time since July 2019 that party supporters outnumber Trump supporters and the only time the 50 percent threshold has been met when Republicans were asked about where their support lies.
Trump continued: “If you do it, I think probably the most appropriate time would be right after the ’22 election, that’s my opinion. Could do it sooner, but I think right after the election would be good, especially if you have a good election.”
Bongino attempted to ask Trump about what life is like for him post-White House, but Trump declined to elaborate and instead touted the gravity of his endorsement.
“It’s a different kind of life, but still very political because of the endorsements,” Trump responded.
“Everyone comes and they all want the endorsement, more than they’ve ever wanted an endorsement. It’s never been an endorsement that’s meant so much, which is an honor to me. It means victory,” he said.
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According to CNN, Trump has spent many of his nearly 100 days out of office playing golf in West Palm Beach.
Ahead of Biden’s inauguration, Trump flew to his Mar-a-Lago estate where he has remained eversince.
The bridal suite above the resort’s huge 20,000 square-foot ballroom has been converted into his office.
Borgino, a longtime friend of Trump’s, asked him if he’s planning to get back on the political circuit “soon”.
“I never tell you this in person, but we need a Trump rally. Can you throw one soon, just for fun?” Bongino asked.
Trump responded: “We’ll do one soon. They love the rallies. We did 56 rallies and we never had an empty slot or seat.”
He added that at their peak, Trump 2020 rallies “averaged 25,000 attendees.”
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