Donald Trump, said that he is running for president in 2024, seeking to return to the White House amid warning signs that he’s losing support among key Republicans and perhaps even the right wing media machine.
“In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” Trump told a crowd gathered at Mar-a-Lago.
Trump’s announcement had long been anticipated, as he had teased it in interviews and at campaign rallies.
His hour-plus speech was heavy in attacks on President Joe Biden, including personal barbs about him being out of touch, as well as “radical left Democrats.”
While he tackled issues like immigration and crime, Trump also pledged to dismantle the “deep state” and “the swamp” of D.C., using rhetoric heard throughout his presidency. He made a reference to “cheating” in elections, but did not dwell on his claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. Neither did he directly reference the day’s big foreign policy news: two missiles hitting Polish soil.
“Our country can be greater than it ever was before, by a lot,” said Trump, who seemed more subdued than in past rally speeches, as he tried to stick to scripted remarks.
Biden’s team was ready, tweeting out a video with the message, “Donald Trump failed America.”
Trump also has skewered other potential rivals, including Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, with the possibility that many more Republicans also will enter the race. Another potential contender, Vice President Mike Pence, has embarked on a book tour this week, offering some sharp criticism of the former president. In an interview with ABC News, Pence said that Trump’s words during the January 6th attack on the Capitol were “reckless.” Pence also told Fox News that Republicans “have better choices” than Trump.
Just a couple of hours before the announcement, The Wall Street Journal, owned by Rupert Murdoch, once again published a blistering op ed. “Nearly everywhere in competitive races last week, Mr. Trump’s endorsed candidates went down in pyrotechnics,” the Journal wrote.