Trump announces candidacy for 2024 presidency


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onald Trump being sworn in as U.S. president, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017.

Following the 2022 midterm elections that found Republican voting numbers falling behind expectations, former President Donald J. Trump announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential race. He made the announcement to a crowd at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida last Tuesday, which will now serve as the headquarters for his campaign.

Trump was first elected as the U.S. president in 2016 following a tightly contested race with Democratic candidate Hillary R. Clinton. During his campaign, Trump garnered a strong base of Republican supporters with his candid personality and often inflammatory remarks.

During his time in office, Trump was the first president to be impeached twice, once in 2019 and again in 2021. The first impeachment was on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress and the second on a charge of inciting an insurrection. While Trump was acquitted in both trials, the second impeachment had the most bipartisan impeachment votes in Senate history (57-43).

He also presided over the U.S. during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which took the lives of over 400,000 Americans during his presidency. He frequently battled with Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Health, and referenced COVID as the “China Virus.” This led to a significant rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in the U.S. since the start of the pandemic.

Prior to the pandemic, the country’s unemployment rate fell to a 50-year-low of 3.5% and he helped create seven million new jobs. He also passed a $3.2 trillion tax reformation bill and increased the U.S.’s military force, dedicating over $2.2 trillion in spending to the department.

He then lost his reelection campaign in 2020 to current president Joseph R. Biden and raised various concerns about voter integrity, citing alleged fraud that has been widely disproved. This sparked the Jan. 6 insurrection, which led thousands of his supporters to illegally enter the Capitol Building in search of various political figures, including then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence.

Most recently, Trump is potentially facing indictment for various reasons. First is by the U.S. Justice Department for possessing classified documents, which FBI conducted a raid on his Mar-a-Lago estate on Aug. 8; second, by the Justice Department for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection; and third, by Atlanta’s district attorney for attempts to change the 2020 Georgia election results.

Trump’s former Attorney General William Barr even said that it is increasingly likely that Trump will be indicted after current Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to investigate the former president.

Despite all of this, Trump still expressed his intentions to be elected again as president. He would become just the second president ever to serve two non-consecutive terms.

“In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” Trump said on Tuesday. “This will not be my campaign, this will be our campaign together.”

However, for this campaign, Trump faces a Republican Party now divided between him and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, seen by many as the only competition in the party. DeSantis has generated a strong following after he challenged President Biden’s COVID-19 mandates; while holding many of the same stances as Trump, DeSantis appeals as the more clean-cut and traditional politician.

The two have already begun campaigning against each other, with Trump publicly attacking the governor on his social media platform “Truth Social.”

With his candidacy announcement official, Trump’s campaign offers another highly anticipated round of primary elections prior to the 2024 presidential election.