Speculation has been running rampant about former President Donald Trump’s plans for 2024 almost since he left Washington, and the signs are getting stronger that he will indeed seek the Oval Office once more, with his own former press secretary now saying with regard to the next election, “He’s in,” according to the Washington Examiner.
During an interview in which he discussed his forthcoming book about the perils of the current presidency of Joe Biden, Sean Spicer made it clear that he is under the impression that a second Trump run is essentially a foregone conclusion.
According to the former White House press secretary and advisor to Trump, the former president has been spurred into action by the egregious missteps already committed by Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, particularly on issues including illegal immigration.
While some observers assumed Trump would assume more of a “kingmaker” role within the GOP, recruiting, fundraising for, and endorsing candidates supportive of his prior agenda, Spicer sees the writing on the wall for a 2024 campaign.
In support of that contention, Spicer pointed to Trump’s own fundraising success since leaving office, his high approval ratings among key voting groups, and even his recent weight loss, the Examiner added.
“A couple of months ago I wasn’t sure” about another presidential campaign for Trump, Spicer said. “Now,” he continued, “there needs to be something that will keep him out.”
It was not long ago that Trump himself dropped perhaps the most significant hint to date about his future plans, telling Fox News host Sean Hannity in July that he has already made a decision about whether to run again for the highest office in the land, as The Hill reported at the time.
When Hannity pointed out the immense challenges and personal strain of a presidential campaign and wondered aloud whether Trump was prepared to re-enter the fray, the former president said, “It’s not that I want to. The country needs it. We have to take care of this country. I don’t want to, is this fun? Fighting constantly? Fighting always? I mean, the country, what we have done is so important.”
Considering the relentless attacks currently being launched at rumored 2024 Republican contender Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis from the media and the Democrats alike, it appears that they expect him to be their chief rival in the next presidential cycle, but if Spicer’s assessment is correct, they will have to gird themselves for a whole other kind of battle.