donald trump is running for President again and launching another White House candidacy less than two years after instigating a violent attack on the US Capitol as part of his attempt to overthrow American democracy and stay in power. “To make America great and glorious again, I announce my candidacy for President of the United States,” he said Tuesday night in Mar-a-Lago.
The former president enters the 2024 race politically wounded by last week’s midterm elections, as Americans largely rejected his stable of ballot candidates. But Trump could still prove a favorite for the nomination given his grip on the party over the past six years. He could face stiff competition from the Florida governor Ron DeSantis, whose star has risen on the right, or a challenge from his former vice president, Mike Pence, whose new memoir happened to hit shelves on Tuesday. If he wins the primary, Trump could stand again Joe Biden, who has indicated he will run for re-election despite concerns from some Democrats.
Key questions are emerging about Trump’s 2024 campaign, including whether it will be influenced by the revelations emerging from a select House of Representatives committee’s investigations of Dec. 6 — or even glee — about armed supporters storming the Capitol and spreading lies about Election fraud to destroy Americans’ confidence in the democratic process. Committee members have suggested that he be prosecuted for his role in the insurgency. The Justice Department does not rule out such a move.
One thing is pretty sure, though: Americans are likely to start seeing his awkward face on TV again after a far-too-brief hiatus. Trump’s first presidential bid began with a bigoted and demagogic speech in the swanky lobby of Trump Tower. He went from sideshow to GOP nominee and was upset Hillary Clinton with an Electoral College victory in 2016 while losing (and lying about) the popular vote by millions. His presidency was an absolute disaster, a chaotic four-year exercise in democratic backsliding that would result in not one but two impeachments — the latter for inciting an insurgency. It’s been an ugly tenure riddled with racism, dishonesty and incompetence — especially when it comes to Trump’s gross misuse of the COVID pandemic. He managed to do lasting damage in one tenure, from transforming the courts to weakening federal agencies.
On Tuesday evening, Trump tried to portray his disastrous tenure as a triumph. “Two years ago, when I left office, the United States was poised for its golden age,” he said said. “Our nation stood at the pinnacle of power, wealth and prestige.” Trump, of course, left the White House in disgrace after his failed attempt to overturn a free and fair election.
And yet the horror of the Trump term we got would almost certainly be overshadowed by a second: his four-year term posed an existential threat to democracy; another four could break it completely. His run is therefore disturbing, if not entirely unexpected, news for most Americans, who rejected him in 2020 but continue to suffer the ravages of his nightmarish rule — including, but not limited to, the Supreme Court, which he was right about as the ideologues of the Wings that could radically transform society and turn future elections upside down.
Ideally, everyone would agree that one Trump term is one too many. But Trump, a man so cruel and corrupt it almost overshadows his vast incompetence, has maintained a cult-like hold on the GOP. The party – recast in its ugly image – has spent the last two years institutionalizing the former president’s stolen electoral lies, implementing anti-election laws and seeking positions of power in the electoral process. It all poses an enormous threat to democracy, regardless of whether Trump manages to return to the White House.
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/11/donald-trump-running-for-president-2024-election Donald Trump, Who Was Impeached Twice, Is Running for President Again