Trump: Maybe now is a good time to tell people I’m running again

The Commission’s Jan. 6 public hearings spawned a slew of bad headlines for: Donald Trump† Most recently, former White House employee Cassidy HutchinsonThe former president’s explosive testimony details the former president’s alleged attempt to take the wheel of his security agency to attend the uprising, as well as a lunch-throwing meltdown over the Justice Department’s failure to find election-altering fraud. in the 2020 election. And now Trump apparently thinks the best way to distract from the narrative of his undemocratic bid to remain president is to make an earlier-than-expected announcement of his intention to run for a third time. to be a candidate. The former president “has accelerated his planning in recent weeks, as a few investigations” — by the select House committee and within the Justice Department — “have intensified and congressional testimony revealed new details” about his attempt to his 2020 election undoable loss, the New York Times reported Friday. Trump recently “surprised some advisers by saying he could announce his candidacy on social media without even warning his own team,” the statement said. Time, “and assistants scramble to build out the basic campaign infrastructure in time for an announcement as early as this month.” The possibility of a summer announcement was bolstered by subsequent CNN and CBS reports. “Every day is different. We’re told he’s going to be announcing it soon, and by noon that has changed,” a source told CNN.

Some Republicans fear that announcing a 2024 bid before the November midterms could divert attention from the GOP and give Democrats a chance to turn 2022 into a “referendum” over the former president, both the Time and CBS report. Chairman of the Republican National Committee Ronna McDaniel urged Trump to wait until after the midterms, but has “recently abandoned the idea” that he won’t, according to the Time† Meanwhile, senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is reportedly among those advocating for an early announcement from Trump.

Diverting attention from the Jan. 6 hearings isn’t the only motivation for Trump to get into the race early: The former president is also eager to “clear the field and challenge other people to run against him,” a source said. to CNN. Still, a number of Trump allies and appointees seen as potential 2024 hopefuls don’t seem too concerned on that front, NBC News reports, featuring the former Secretary of State. Mike Pompeo and the Governor of South Dakota Kristi Naem last week laid the foundation for a bid in the respective advertisements. Also last week, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley said she would run for president in 2024 “if there’s a place for me.” On Sunday, Noem — who got Trump’s approval for governor earlier this year and won her midterm primary last month — told CNN she’d support Trump if he ran for president in 2024, but wouldn’t say if she’d run for vice. -would like to be president, she “would be shocked if he asked” and is currently “just so focused on South Dakota.” And Pompeo, who told Trump last year that he would not run against him for the presidential nomination, “has told others he can beat Mr. Trump in the Iowa caucuses,” the Time reported Friday. “The fear factor is gone for many consultants and some politicians who otherwise worried about crossing it,” a GOP consultant told CBS. governor of Florida Ron DeSantis has dismissed speculation of a 2024 run, but looms large among potential Trump rivals, and appears to be reaping the benefits of the Jan. 6 commission’s damaging findings on the former president. A recent Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that the Florida governor was only nine percentage points behind Trump in a hypothetical head-to-head contest between Trump and DeSantis — “the only single-digit gap between the two potential rivals in a major national investigation to date” Yahoo said.

Rep. Liz Cheneythe vice chair of the Jan. 6 committee and one of the few Republicans to speak out about the party’s need to get rid of Trump is also leave the door open for a possible presidential run. “I haven’t made a decision on that yet,” Cheney told ABC News on Sunday when asked if she was considering running for president. Right now, Cheney said, she’s focused on her re-election in Wyoming and working on the January 6 committee. “I’ll make a decision in ’24. But I think about it less in terms of a decision to run and more in terms of, you know, as an American and as someone who is now in a position of public trust,” she told ABC’s. Jon Karl