Jul 02, 2022
Trump mulls early 2024 announcement with July on the table: Report
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Behind the scenes, Trump is mulling an early entry into the 2024 fray to capitalize on lackluster polling for President Joe Biden and deter any stiff GOP primary competition, prompting concerns from Republicans that he could overshadow their midterm efforts, CNN reported.The announcement could come as soon as July.
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"Every day is different. We get told he's going to announce imminently, and by the afternoon, that has changed," one source told the outlet.
Fueling Trump's reported ambitions are the House select Jan. 6 committee's public hearings that have focused on his behavior during his waning White House days and his efforts to challenge the 2020 election results. An early announcement could hemorrhage political bloodletting from the scathing hearings by giving him a stronger bully pulpit to rival them, he reportedly believes.
His close advisers have been purportedly informing his allies that a campaign launch may come soon.
"He's sounding a lot more committed lately," another source told the outlet.
Earlier this week, controversial Infowars host Alex Jones, who has been known to peddle conspiracy theories but has connections in Trumpworld, claimed a source told him that Trump could announce Monday on the Fourth of July.
Some in his orbit fear that he does not yet have the necessary campaign infrastructure to mount a third bid for the White House just yet. At one point, his advisers considered a July event in Michigan to launch the campaign, but the plans were canned, per CNN.
Trump has consistently trampled his top hypothetical GOP primary competition in polling, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis routinely surfacing as his top threat. If he were to make an early announcement, Trump wants to make sure the campaign launch is not a "dud."
However, some Republicans have been fretting that an early Trump entry could suck the oxygen away from important midterm races as they face a tough battle to reclaim the Senate. Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has encouraged him to wait until after the midterm elections, the New York Times reported.
If Trump were to announce, he would no longer be able to tap into his $100 million political action committee war chest to assist in the presidential run due to campaign finance laws. This has apparently been one sticking point against an early run, per the outlet. Political candidates are prohibited from directing super PAC money on behalf of their campaigns while vying for office.
RNC officials have stressed that the party will cut off its funding of his legal bills pertaining to a New York attorney general inquiry, but McDaniel has recently concluded he will make an early entry anyways, according to the outlet.
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Some polling has shown that Trump's sway among Republican voters has decayed since he departed the White House. A number of Republicans, such as Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, have argued that Trump should not get the party nod in 2024 and are considering mounting a challenge should he run. John Bolton, a national security adviser under Trump, recently told CBS that he does not believe Trump will run in 2024.
"I do not think he will run in 2024. I think he knows he lost in 2020. He'll never admit it because he's got such a good con game going against his supporters. He fears losing in 2024. He hates being known as a loser. He'll talk about it insistently. He may even announce he's running, but when it comes right down to it, he won't run," he told the outlet.
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Clogging Toilets and Wanting Totally Loyal Nazi Generals: Today In Trump Book Discourse
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I regret to inform you that the Trump book canon continues apace with new excerpts out today from not one, but two, forthcoming insider accounts. The first is from New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman and builds upon the only genre of Trump-era gossip I’m interested in: the infamous clogged toilet.
Haberman recently obtained what appears to be photographic evidence that Donald Trump did in fact regularly flush White House toilets with Oval Office documents. As you might remember, the habit reportedly prompted frequent plumbing disasters, and more consequentially, added to Trump’s long record of mishandling official White House communications. Axios has the toilet scoop and it includes the rather hilarious accusation from Trump world that Haberman staged the toilet photos in order to sell some books. “You have to be pretty desperate to sell books if pictures of paper in a toilet bowl is part of your promotional plan,” Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich told Axios. Those cursed photos below:
????FIRST on @axios: Trump’s telltale toilet … @maggieNYT obtained these photos ahead of the Oct. 4 publication of her book “Confidence Man”
Source tells her pic on the left shows a White House commode
Pic on the right is from a Trump overseas trip https://t.co/6opWty4kjd
— Mike Allen (@mikeallen) August 8, 2022
In an equally dark note of an entirely different hellscape, we also have an excerpt from The Divider: Trump in the White House that confirms, yet again, Trump’s admiration for authoritarian figures including Adolf Hitler. Here’s what Peter Baker and Susan Glasser report Trump once said about the Nazi dictator amid frustration that “his generals” weren’t blindly following batshit orders:
The President’s loud complaint to John Kelly one day was typical: “You fucking generals, why can’t you be like the German generals?”
“Which generals?” Kelly asked.
“The German generals in World War II,” Trump responded.
“You do know that they tried to kill Hitler three times and almost pulled it off?” Kelly said.
But, of course, Trump did not know that. “No, no, no, they were totally loyal to him,” the President replied. In his version of history, the generals of the Third Reich had been completely subservient to Hitler; this was the model he wanted for his military.
It’s the kind of anecdote, equal parts horrifying and endlessly unsurprising, that prompts a bit of an eye-roll for me especially if this is the kind of story that inspires one to hit preorder. Hear me out:
When the subject is Trump, a man who often appears physically incapable of exercising any restraint, the insatiable appetite hits strangely. After all, What more can be evinced from insider accounts about a man who doesn’t keep anything close to the chest, whose horrifying nature is routinely up for public consumption anyway? The appeal reflects a deeper emptiness among an audience hyper-vigilant to the unprecedented nature of these times but who apparently depend on these books for further saturation. Sure, such accounts might make for a good headline, but is a perverse boredom behind their overwhelming popularity?
Anyway, that’s the latest on our toilet-clogging, Nazi-inspired former president.