Donald Trump nearly announced his 2024 presidential run at the Oz-Mastriano rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday.
According to an NBC News source “familiar with the discussions and in frequent communication with former President Trump,” he was “itching” to do it.
It was his advisers who urged him to wait, fearing that such an announcement would steal the thunder away from Senatorial candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz and gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano just days away from Tuesday’s elections.
Trump agreed, but that didn’t stop him from doing everything but uttering the words “I’m officially running” when he addressed the packed crowd.
“Everybody, I promise you, in the very next, very, very, very short period of time, you’re going to be so happy,” Trump said as the crowd roared.
“One of the reasons I don’t want to do that right now — cause I’d like to do it — but you know what? And I really mean this: I want to have the focus tonight be on Dr Oz and on Doug Mastriano,” he stated.
“Very, very soon,” he promised. “You’re gonna be surprised at how soon, but first, we have to win a historic victory for Republicans in November.”
"I promise you: In the very next very very very short period of time, you're going to be so happy. One of the reasons I don't want to do that right now, cause I'd like to do it, I really mean this: I want to have the focus tonight be on Dr Oz and on Doug Mastriano"
– Trump in PA pic.twitter.com/muKyU9NVML
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) November 6, 2022
According to Sky News Australia’s “insiders,” Trump plans to make things official on November 14, less than a week after the midterms and after, many believe, Republicans win back control of Congress.
“This is something we have heard from Donald Trump pretty much since he left office – the hint that the was going to run again,” said the outlet’s Washington correspondent, Annelise Nielsen. “It’s a big part of his draw, that he can continue to tease that he’s going to do it again and it keeps him politically relevant.”
A positive result from Tuesday’s elections will cement Trump’s return, said Sky News Political Reporter Laura Jayes, and it will make things a lot tougher for President Biden.
“A good result means a Trump return. He’s certainly letting us all think that he’s 99% there,” she stated, adding, “A Republican wave means life gets a whole lot harder for Joe Biden. He can’t pass anything through Congress without the Republicans.”
Jayes also noted that a GOP victory also opens the door to “their own investigations.”
“Joe Biden’s son is in the firing line there,” she said.
Should he announce as expected, it would likely “freeze out” other candidates, reports NBC News.
Chief among those, many believe, is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, whom Trump called “Ron DeSanctimonious” at the rally.
While DeSantis has not indicated that he will throw his hat into the ring in 2024, there is clearly a lot of national support for the fearless leader.
The great Ronald Reagan said that Republicans should never disparage each other. This was not a good moment. pic.twitter.com/jAnnH5UTjf
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 6, 2022
Following Trump’s swipe at DeSantis — a move conservative actor James Woods said “was not a good moment” for the former president — Breaking 911, a right-leaning news outlet, launched a Twitter poll asking, “If elections were today, who would you vote for?” between Trump and DeSantis.
By no means scientific, the final results were telling.
With nearly 104,000 votes, Twitter users said they’d back DeSantis, 62.2% to 37.8%.
At his rally in PA tonight, Trump referred to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as "Ron DeSanctimonious". If elections were today, who would you vote for?
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 6, 2022
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