While the 2020 General Election remains hotly contested, President Trump is already considering running again in 2024 should he lose his campaign for reelection, according to reports.
The president, while still waging numerous legal battles in multiple key swing states in the hopes of a come-from-behind victory, is apparently considering kicking off a 2024 presidential bid on January 20, 2021, the same day that Joe Biden would be inaugurated.
This would be reminiscent of President Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017 when he filed for reelection on the same day.
As The Hill reports, “Three people familiar with the conversations told the news outlet that the president has been discussing the specifics of a campaign launch with close advisers and confidants. Two sources said that Trump has floated the idea of a 2024-related event during Biden’s inauguration week, possibly on Inauguration Day.”
Additionally, the president is also considering skipping Joe Biden’s inauguration should the former vice president be formally declared the winner of the Electoral College on December 14.
President Trump alluded to a 2024 presidential bid at the White House Christmas party on Tuesday evening. “It’s been an amazing four years. We are trying to do another four years. Otherwise, I’ll see you in four years,” the president reportedly said.
Should President Trump run for a second term again in 2024, he would be 78 years old on election day – the same age as Joe Biden.
A recent poll conducted by POLITICO/Morning Consult found that a majority of Republican voters already favor President Trump in the 2024 Republican primary.
President Trump earns 53% support among “Republicans and Republican-leaning independents for a hypothetical 2024 Republican primary,” the poll found. Vice President Mike Pence sits at 12% while the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., earns the support of 8% of respondents. Senators Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton and Mitt Romney are all currently at under 5% support.
The 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution stipulates that “no person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice.” However, these two four-year terms need not be served consecutively.
The amendment was ratified in 1951 after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to four terms as president, though he died before serving out his last term.
It is rare for a president to serve two non-consecutive terms in the Oval Office. The only president to do so was President Grover Cleveland who served as both the 22nd and 24th President of the United States.
President Cleveland, however, was a Democrat. Should President Trump run and win in 2024, he would be the first Republican president to serve two non-consecutive terms.
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