Speculation about former President Donald Trump’s future political plans began even before he departed Washington in January, and in a Friday interview, he revealed that only a “bad call from a doctor” would prevent him from seeking another term in the Oval Office in 2024, as the Daily Mail reports.
Trump’s comments came during an interview with David Brody of Real America’s Voice, which took place just prior to a large rally in Perry Georgia on Saturday designed to drum up support from the former president’s preferred candidates in a number of critical Republican primaries.
Brody inquired of the former president whether there was anything at all that might thwart what many suspect are his plans to run for the White House once again, and Trump replied simply, “Well, I don’t – I guess a bad call from a doctor or something, right?”
Adding that anything was theoretically possible before a formal decision would have to be made, the former commander in chief continued, “Things happen. Through God, they happen. But I feel so good.”
Though he has yet to make a concrete announcement of his intentions, Trump has been dropping strong hints about a potential candidacy for months, telling Fox News host Sean Hannity this summer that he had already made a decision about 2024, adding, “It’s not that I want to [run]. The country needs it. We have to take care of this country.”
Those close to the former president also appear increasingly convinced that a 2024 campaign is indeed on the cards, with former White House press secretary Sean Spicer declaring last month, “He’s in,” adding, “A couple of months ago I wasn’t sure. Now, there needs to be something that will keep him out.”
Senior advisor to Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign, Jason Miller, recently told Cheddar News that another quest by the former president for the Republican nomination in 2024 is virtually certain, pegging its likelihood at “somewhere between 99 and 100 percent,” as Mediaite noted.
A few weeks ago, while speaking to group of Republicans in Iowa, longtime congressional Trump ally Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) echoed those sentiments, saying, according to the Des Moines Register, “I think he’s gonna run. I want him to run. He’s proven he can take the heat,” adding, “We’re at a moment now where you’ve got to have someone who’s willing to fight, willing to stand up to all the abuses.”
With President Joe Biden engulfed in a series of escalating difficulties including the crisis at the southern border, the botched troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, and COVID-19 vaccine mandate backlash, a re-match between the current commander in chief and his immediate predecessor in the next election would truly be a battle for the ages and one which could prove pivotal for the future of the republic.