However, the president appears to be intent on playing all his cards before leaving the White House in January.
Hot on the heels of a humiliating election loss and an even more embarrassing refusal to concede, President Donald Trump is said to be taking a page out of Kanye West's book and setting his eyes on the 2024 presidential election. According to sources close to the soon-to-be-former president, the 74-year-old is "seriously" considering a 2024 bid for president and has "100%" brought it up in conversations with his top advisers in recent days. A Trump campaign senior adviser and a Trump ally both confirmed the same to CBS News even as the president makes his last-ditch attempts to hang on to the presidency.
Donald Trump is sabotaging Biden’s transition because he hopes to run again in 2024 and cares more about hampering Biden’s presidency than he does the country— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 16, 2020
Yet, the president appears to be intent on playing all his cards before leaving the White House in January. While Trump advisers have been actively working to keep his options open for his future political endeavors, the president is said to be intent on exhausting his legal options before making any decisions. According to Politico, when Republican Senator Kevin Cramer called Trump last week to convey his support for the president's efforts to contest the election results, the former television personality casually hinted at a 2024 campaign bid. "If this doesn’t work out, I’ll just run again in four years," Trump reportedly said.
President Trump is "seriously" considering a 2024 bid for president, two sources tell CBS News https://t.co/YXQ71iKoq6— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 17, 2020
However, before the public eye, Trump and his cronies have kept up their repeatedly discredited "voter fraud," "rigged election," "stolen election" spiels. Aside from publically refusing to concede the election — a time-honored tradition — the president has repeatedly cast doubts about the legitimacy of the contest even when his administration officials called this the most secure election in history. He even went as far as to prematurely and falsely declare victory in the election when, in reality, President-elect Joe Biden is projected to win 306 electoral votes to Trump's 232.
Then, of course, we have the plethora of lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign in critical states which supported the former vice president. Despite losing a majority of these lawsuits, the current administration has refused to kickstart the transition process. However, while they refuse to acknowledge and accept Biden's victory and Trump floats 2024 campaign dreams, the president's niece, Mary Trump, doesn't think he will actually go through with another presidential bid. Speaking to CNN's Chris Cuomo last week, the psychologist explained that her uncle is unlikely to run for president in 2024 simply because he can't stand the thought of losing again.
Michelle Obama: "This isn't a game. So I want to urge all Americans, especially our nation's leaders, regardless of party, to honor the electoral process and do your part to encourage a smooth transition of power, just as sitting presidents have done throughout history." pic.twitter.com/YsNXsRMD27— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 16, 2020
"In my family... the worst thing you could be was a loser," she said. "Being a loser made you weak, being a loser made you unworthy... for the first time in his life, Donald is in a situation he cannot get out of." Mary also speculated that her uncle is probably in a state of "terror, rage, and helplessness," due to his loss. Addressing rumors that her uncle would run again, she said: "No. I think that was floated initially as a way to appease him and assuage his ego. But he will never put himself in a position where he can lose like this again, first of all. Secondly, it would mean for four years that he is playing essentially a supporting role which will be very difficult for him to sustain."
This is what it looks like when a loser loses.— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) November 5, 2020
"And most importantly, in four years, he will be the same age that Joe Biden is now. However, Donald is a very unhealthy person — he has a terrible diet, he doesn't exercise and he has psychological disorders that continue to go untreated," she added. "So, I don't even imagine that he will be able to run again in four years." Mary had previously predicted Trump's post-election antics in an op-ed for The Guardian where she wrote: "This is what Donald’s going to do: he’s not going to concede, although who cares. What’s worse is he’s not going to engage in the normal activities that guarantee a peaceful transition. All he’s got now is breaking stuff, and he’s going to do that with a vengeance."