PALM BEACH, Fla. ( Associated Press) – Former President Donald Trump announced his third campaign for the White House Tuesday, just a week after disappointing Republican midterm results forced the party to decide whether to support a candidate who Refuses to accept defeat in the election. 2020 sparked an insurgency and brought American democracy to the brink.
“To make America great and proud again, tonight I am announcing my candidacy for President of the United States,” Trump told hundreds of supporters and press in a luxurious ballroom at his Mar-a-Lago club. addressed to , where he was surrounded by more than 30 American flags and banners bearing his motto: “Make America Great Again!”
“America’s comeback begins at this very moment,” Trump said, formally marking the start of the 2024 Republican internal elections.
Another presidential campaign constitutes a remarkable comeback for a former president and even more so for the one who went down in history as the first person to be impeached twice and whose tenure was marred by a violent storming of the Capitol by his supporters. And ended with a bloody assault. Peaceful transition of power on January 6, 2021.
Trump is running a race at a time of deep political vulnerability. He had planned to launch his campaign after the midterm elections, which he hoped would result in victories for the candidates he himself elevated during this year’s primaries. Instead, many of those candidates lost, allowing Democrats to gain control of the Senate and leaving the GOP on track for a slim majority in the House of Representatives.
He insisted, “I am running because I believe the world has not yet seen the true glory of this country.”
“Once again, we will put America first,” he said.
Far from being the party’s undisputed leader, Trump is now facing criticism from some of his own allies, who say it is time for Republicans to look to the future, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis among the party’s preferred contenders. are one. white House.
The former president remains popular among the Republican Party’s supporter base. But other Republicans, such as former Vice President Mike Pence, are taking steps toward launching their own campaigns, raising the prospect that Trump will have to navigate a highly competitive Republican primary.
Trump’s announcement of his campaign comes amid a series of escalating criminal investigations that could include formal charges. These include an investigation into dozens of confidentially sealed documents that were seized by the FBI from Mar-a-Lago, as well as ongoing state and federal investigations into his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Is.
A new campaign is a remarkable feat for any former president who made history by facing two impeachments and whose term ended on January 6, 2021, with a violent assault on the federal capitol in an attempt to prevent a peaceful transition of powers. Done.
But according to some close aides, Trump has been eager to return to politics and try to prevent the rise of other potential opponents. His aides have spent the past few months preparing documents, identifying potential staff members and designing a campaign similar to his 2016 operation, in which a small group of aides gathered between rallies on the government’s private plane was. and defeated more experienced and better-financed rivals by taking advantage of deep political divisions and using shocking statements to garner media attention.