Former President Donald Trump may announce a 2024 candidacy sooner than expected.
Trump thinks the announcement could distract from the Jan. 6 hearings, the NYT reported.
But some fear it could hurt the GOP’s midterm messaging, which has railed against Biden.
President Donald Trump could consider making an unusually early announcement of his intention to run for president, but not all Republicans are convinced that would be the right move for the party.
Trump has long teased a race for the White House in 2024 and has continued to hold campaign-style rallies, while pausing before saying definitively whether he plans to run in the race. However, recent revelations from the House Select Committee hearings on the Jan. 6 uprising are impacting his plans, according to a New York Times report.
Now Trump is considering announcing a race much earlier than expected, possibly even this month, in part to try to distract audiences, the outlet reported.
This week’s Jan. 6 hearing presented allegations particularly damaging to Trump, including the explosive testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, who at the time of the Capitol attack was the chief aide to the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows.
Hutchinson said, among other things, that the White House deputy chief of staff told him that Trump was so eager to join his supporters on Capitol Hill that he rushed behind the wheel of the presidential limo. She also said that at one point he became so angry that he threw his plate against a White House wall, and that his response to rioters chanting “hang Mike Pence” was that the Vice President “Deserves that”.
Trump denied all of Hutchinson’s testimony and called it “bad news.” Still, other Republicans have expressed concern that his testimony could hurt Trump.
Sources close to Trump told The Times he thinks an upcoming 2024 candidacy announcement could be good for him, though other party members aren’t so sure.
Among them is Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the Republican National Committee, who told Trump he would have to delay his announcement until the end of his midterms in November, according to the outlet, due to fears that this could pull out mid-term messages from the GOP.
Democrats face an uphill battle to maintain their congressional majorities, as Republican messaging has denounced President Joe Biden and focused on soaring gas prices and runaway inflation.
Republican Sen. Pat Toomey said this week he thinks the Jan. 6 hearings were damaging for Trump, going so far as to say he doesn’t think the former president will be the GOP nominee in 2024 even he decided to introduce himself.
However, Trump has maintained high popularity among Republican voters, with early polls showing him easily ahead against other potential candidates for the 2024 primaries, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence.
Trump’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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