According to a new report from Axios on Monday, President Donald Trump is thinking about a 2024 presidential run.
Axios reported, “President Trump has already told advisers he’s thinking about running for president again in 2024, two sources familiar with the conversations tell Axios.”
The President is currently litigating the results of the 2020 election in several states.
SCOOP: Trump had already told advisers he's thinking about running for president again in 2024, two sources familiar with the conversations tell Axios. https://t.co/4yA5s99XqY
— Axios (@axios) November 9, 2020
Axios Suggests That Trump Thinks He Lost
Axios also noted that this report was the first indication that Trump might be accepting he “lost” this year’s presidential election.
“This is the clearest indication yet that Trump understands he has lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden — even as the president continues to falsely insist that he is the true winner, that there has been election fraud and that his team will fight to the end in the courts,” Axios noted.
But Trump is nowhere close to conceding the election, according to what we know.
Ballots are still being counted in Arizona and Georgia, and Team Trump-issued lawsuits over alleged voter fraud have just begun in at least Michigan and Pennsylvania.
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Trump not conceding and votes still being counted has not prevented every major news outlet from declaring Biden the President-elect.
On Saturday, Trump issued a statement.
“We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed,” the statement read.
“The simple fact is this election is far from over,” it added.
“Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.”
From colleague Jason Donner. Romney on Trump: He has the biggest voice, the biggest following. Surely the Republican voters listen to him more than any other Republican right now and so he’ll have influence over what we do next week and next year and in 2024.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) November 10, 2020
In October, Steve Bannon Said Trump Would Run Again In 2024
Steve Bannon, a long-time confidant and advisor to Trump, predicted Trump would run again in 2024, should he ultimately lose to Biden.
“If for any reason the election is stolen from, or in some sort of way Joe Biden is declared the winner, Trump will announce he’s going to run for re-election in 2024,” Bannon said in an interview.
Exclusive: Trump’s 2024 presidential plans. Steve Bannon predicts if Trump loses the election, he will run again in 2024. “You’re not going to see the end of Donald Trump,” he says. https://t.co/TzPeKvoAIb
— Sharri Markson (@SharriMarkson) October 18, 2020
To date, only one man has ever served two non-consecutive terms as President: Grover Cleveland.
Cleveland was president from 1885–1889 and 1893–1897.
In the election of 1888, Cleveland won the popular vote, but lost in the Electoral College vote to Benjamin Harrison.
Lindsey Graham Also Encourages Trump To Run In 2024
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham also has the same idea.
On the Brian Kilmeade Show, Graham said, “I would encourage him to think about doing it,” adding that Trump should “create an organization, platforms over the next four years to keep his movement alive.”
Graham also mentioned President Cleveland: “Grover Cleveland came back. Donald Trump should think about it if he falls short.”
— The Hill (@thehill) November 9, 2020
If Trump Ran In 2024, He Would Be Biden’s Age Today
Donald Trump would be close to Joe Biden’s age now in four years, so any argument against a future run because of age would be easy to dismiss.
As we’ve seen with Trump’s quick recovery from COVID, and his seemingly endless fount of energy, it is definitely not out of the realm of possibility.
Of course, the 2020 election is not even over yet.
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