Sunday, May 2nd, 2021
100 days out of office, 2024 in sight
Donald Trump is far from having enough
Needed by David
Donald Trump has not been in office for 100 days. But the ex-president just continues as before: attacks on Democrats, orders for Republicans. He also does not admit the election defeat. Trump is aiming for a big comeback.
100 days of US President Joe Biden also mean: 100 days on which Donald Trump is no longer in charge of the fortunes of the USA. For 100 days, the lies about the “stolen election” that Biden was supposed to stigmatize as an illegitimate president have not come from the top. The unspeakable pardons, legal disputes over ballot papers and the republican’s clinging to office by all means came to an end. But Trump found it extremely difficult to cope with the loss of power that is not intended in his world.
But inflammatory, stubborn and moody – that, Trump quickly realized, is also possible when you are no longer in office and are no longer completely in the public eye. There are no more nightly Twitter tirades (Trump’s account is still blocked) and no daily briefings in the White House about hush money payments to porn stars, the injection of bleach against Covid-19 or fake news accusations; But of course Trump did not want to withdraw for a while, as former presidents usually do in the USA after their departure. In the 100 days “out of office”, the former president remained a political force, the dominant figure in his party – and announced his candidacy for 2024.
“Get rid of them all”
“When I started Twitter years ago, Twitter was like a failed thing, a failed concept, a failed media platform,” the long-time Twitter fan Trump recently told Fox News. “Then it got exciting. And I think I had a lot to do with it, to be honest. Now it’s boring. And it’s no longer good.” The ex-president now sends out his messages by e-mail, stating that it is “much more elegant than Twitter”, and as soon as he sends a message, it is “everywhere”. He reaches a lot of people with it. And that is exactly what is important to Trump: He wants to continue to be the focus of the conversation. Keep making waves. Continue to have influence.
This plan seems necessary as support for Trump is waning in recent polls. Trumpism, the almost cultic veneration, lives on with its hardcore fans. No matter what he does or says. But the 74-year-old was no longer able to serve his celebrity factor, which has steadily increased over the past four years due to a 24/7 attention to the president, in the past 100 days as before. In a poll by TV station NBC News from the end of April, only 32 percent of those questioned saw Trump positive, 55 percent were against him (in January the numbers were: 40 percent positive, 53 negative). Only 44 percent of Republicans said that they are more likely to support Trump than the party; 50 percent saw it the other way around.
Still, Trump’s pull remains within his own party, more than three months after he stepped down from the presidency and calls for violence that ended in the Capitol Storm on Jan. 6, killing five. Politicians of the GOP, the “Grand Old Party”, are looking for his support and encouragement, also because those who broke with the former president fell massively in polls. At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in late February, Trump named the names of all 17 Republicans who voted after January 6 to indict or convict him. “Get rid of them all,” he called to the cheering CPAC crowd. Trump also nagged the Republicans to drop Mitch McConnell as their Senate group chairman because they needed “good leadership”. McConnell replied that he would also support Trump in a possible election campaign in 2024.
Trump’s unofficial command center
Republicans are about to find out if they are more than Donald Trump’s fan club. Apparently, to Mike Pence, they shouldn’t be anything else. In his first public speech since leaving office, Trump’s former vice-president teamed up closely with his old boss at the end of April and extolled the achievements of the joint administration. Pence’s words also have to do with the fact that Trump really wants to run again in 2024 – and that he probably has the best cards in the party and in the deeply divided country. Trump always leads the polls of GOP voters for the 2024 presidential candidate.
In his first TV interview since leaving the White House at the end of March, Trump clearly signaled that he was toying with a 2024 presidential nomination. “Can we hope that there is a chance to see Donald Trump run again in 2024?” Asked the Fox News interviewer. It was Lara Trump – his daughter-in-law. “You may have hope,” he replied. “We love our country. We all owe a lot to our country. But now we have to help our country.” In a later interview, the ex-president reiterated that he was seriously considering the issue of running again.
The myth of Trump, the cult factor Trump and his divisive politics, still works. In early April, his party brought hundreds of multi-million dollar donors to an event in Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Florida residence, which has now become something of an unofficial command center for the GOP. Fittingly, Republicans loyal to the former president even raised record amounts in the first three months of this year, according to the Financial Times, despite the fact that many US companies stopped or stopped making political donations after the Capitol storm.
“We’ll be coming back”
Trump works mainly because he just carries on as he did when he was in office. Anyone who has or says something against him will be attacked brutally. The racist poison arrows have also remained the same. In his CPAC speech, Trump once again praised his border wall, which would help against “dangerous predators and hideous coyotes” that would pour in “millions” of the country. It was the “China virus” that made him lose the “rigged” election – although of course he didn’t really lose (“dead people voted”) and may decide to “beat them a third time” . Just as little could be missing from the speech: Democrats “wanting to cut the funds for the police”, Biden, who does everything wrong that “we” have done right, or “Fake News”, with which the freedom of speech is abolished. “We love you,” shouted the crowd.
When Donald Trump stepped down as president, he trumpeted: “We will be back.” Trump loves comebacks. Write his memoir? Nothing there. Establish a presidential library (20 of the past 45 presidents have one, Barack Obama is planning one)? Maybe later. Trump, in his own opinion, is not a former leader, but the only Republican rescue in a country now being ruined by Democrats. “Happy Easter to EVERYONE, including the radical left CRAZY, who rigged our presidential elections and want to destroy our country!” Said Trump on Easter Sunday. Not via Twitter, but in a written declaration.
100 days after his end of office, not everything revolves around the 74-year-old in public. But Trump’s means of power and his rhetorical sweeps have remained the same, continuing the lack of a concession after his defeat. He still has a closer grip on the Republicans than some in the party would like. That shouldn’t change until 2024.