Vote won’t go his way, so Trump ponders 2024 presidential bid as way to fire up base

As he slowly comes to grips with the reality of his election loss, President Trump is telling advisers he might run for the office again in 2024, several news outlets report.

Whether Trump will follow through on his thinking isn’t yet clear. But in the short term, the idea of a third presidential run could fire up the Republican base.

President Donald Trump throws MAGA caps to supporters as he arrives to speak during a rally on October 31, 2020 in Montoursville, Pennsylvania.
President Donald Trump throws MAGA caps to supporters as he arrives to speak during a rally on October 31, 2020 in Montoursville, Pennsylvania. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

“It gives him an off-ramp to show his supporters, ‘I’m still in the game for you,’” a White House official told the Wall Street Journal in a story published Thursday.

CBS News quoted a Trump adviser saying that the president’s supporters want to keep his options open as they plot his political future.

In the meantime, reports say, Trump is focused on bringing some aspect of the election results to the U.S. Supreme Court in hope of bolstering his complaint that the election was not fair.

Trump’s challenge of the vote is also raising money for the Republican National Committee.

The fine print of one solicitation for a Trump “Official Election Defense Fund” says “40% of each contribution [will go] to the RNC’s [Republican National Committee’s] Operating account, up to a maximum of $35,500/$15,000.”

Trump’s claim that the vote count should go his way is not supported by any facts, and President-elect Joe Biden has a comfortable lead in the popular vote and the Electoral College.

If Trump wins re-election in 2024, he would be the first U.S. president to serve non-contiguous terms since Grover Cleveland, who was president from 1885 to 1889 and again from 1893 to 1897.

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