Is Trump right to run again in 2024?

Andrew Harnik / AP

Fact Box

  • On November 15, 2022, former President Trump, 76, announced his candidacy for the president of the United States for the 2024 election from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, asserting, “Two years ago, we were a great nation, and soon, we will be a great nation again.”
  • Projective potential candidates for the 2024 presidential election could be: President Biden, Governor Ron DeSantis, Governor Gavin Newsom, Governor Greg Abbott, and others. 
  • A September 2022 NPR/PBS/NewsHour/Marist poll found that inflation and abortion rights were the top concerns of Americans for the midterms, followed by healthcare and immigration.
  • Trump’s presidency started with a 45% approval rating and ended with a 34% rating.

Curtice (No)

Donald Trump is a political lightning rod. People either love him or hate him. Very few have an opinion that is somewhere in between. It is time to pass the torch. Donald Trump served a purpose as president. If nothing else, his presidency exposed the extreme liberal bias in the federal bureaucracy, most notably the FBI and the extension of his opposing party found in the mainstream media that often repeat Democrat talking points. However, the GOP's future and the United States' future should not be about the politics of personality, even if Trump's personality looms very large.  

Republicans clearly underperformed in the 2022 midterms. While there is plenty of blame to go around, some of the responsibility lies with Trump for promoting sub-par candidates. His sole criteria for backing candidates seemed to be if they agreed with him that the 2020 election was stolen. More is needed, and more should be expected from our political candidates.

While many approve of Trump's policies as president, many others, including many other Republican voters, would prefer to see another GOP candidate promote those same principles and lead the party in 2024.

Trump will be 78 in that year. We are already dealing with a very senior president. Someone younger would be a better option. Fortunately, the GOP has very strong, younger possible presidential contenders in 2024, with Ron DeSantis at the top of that list. The 'average' governor, as Trump called DeSantis, easily won his re-election bid and emerged as a strong contender for the GOP nomination in 2024. In fact, he is probably better equipped to articulate strong conservative principles than Trump.

Elisa (Yes)

Just as important as the question of whether Trump should run again is if Trump will gain justice for the fraudulent election results of 2020. Remember, it wasn't just Trump who thought the 2020 election was stolen; many Americans supported and still support this claim. Likewise, few will deny Biden's presidency has been a disaster on many levels since Trump left what should have been his second term. Record high and continually rising inflation mounts while Congress continues to send billions in American-taxpayer money to Ukraine. US drug overdoses and violent crime rates have spiked nationally. The border remains unsecured, allowing hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to enter the US, overwhelming border towns and endangering these migrants. CNN even admits unemployment rates have risen.

As usual, the media reports that the majority of Americans do not want Trump to run for president again, which is exactly what they did in 2016. The media claimed he could never win, yet he largely defeated Hillary Clinton through the electoral college. It is unwise to trust these mainstream sources that portray a severe hatred for Trump while it’s obvious many still support him. Trump has retained tremendous popularity whether the media reports that or not, and though Trump is weakened, he is still 'top dog’ as of now.

No matter where one falls politically, most can agree America needs help, and Trump believes he can make it 'great and glorious again.' While there is an everlasting storm against Trump by the mainstream media, he commendably sets out to defeat their lies. Trump is already a billionaire, meaning it is unlikely he can be bought, and since this is his final term, his largest focus will be on his main goal: 'Saving America.'

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