Trump announces 2024 candidacy


Ali Shaker

Former President Donald Trump stuck to his accomplishments in his speech to hundreds of supporters while targeting the Biden administration. “America’s comeback starts right now,” said Trump as he formally began his 2024 campaign on Nov. 15.

Andrew Kula, Coeditor-in-Chief

With the 2022 midterms just behind, there are already people preparing for the 2024 election. On Nov. 15, former President Trump emerged from his Mar-a-Lago club to several hundreds of supporters and announced his bid for the 2024 presidential election. 

“In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” said Trump as he stood before American flags and his “Make America Great Again” slogan. 

Two years into the Biden administration and after losing his reelection in 2020, Trump spent the speech listing his accomplishments during his time in office, disregarding Biden’s tenure up to this point.

“We are a nation in decline. We are here tonight to declare that it does not have to be this way,” said Trump with cheers from the audience. 

Trump stuck to achievements like the Abraham Accords, low crime and the “quick” response to the COVID-19 pandemic as he strayed from the Jan. 6 capitol riot and the 2020 election as a whole. While Trump became the head of the GOP following his election as the 45th president, this early election bid is putting Republicans against each other as they try to figure out the failures of the 2022 midterm elections. 

“I honestly believe that we’re going to have better choices,” said Former Vice-President Mike Pence in an interview with Fox News. “I hear people saying that they would like us to move forward with leadership that will unite our country around our highest ideals and reflect the kind of respect and civility that the American people demonstrate to each other every day.”

As for the American public, there is uncertainty regarding Trump, who currently has a 40% favorable rating along with a glaring 54% unfavorable rating, according to the most recent AP VoteCast and many future voters are looking ahead to the election and who they think would be best to lead the United States. 

Future voter, senior Cameron Wehn, said, “Trump’s presidential bid this early in the cycle automatically disqualifies many potential candidates. The exemplary performance of moderate Republicans and the struggle of Trump-backed candidates in the midterms, exemplified America’s dissatisfaction with Trump.” 

With all of this taken into account, it shows that right as an election season ends, the next one immediately starts back up again. “It seems as if 2024 will be another bloody election cycle,” said Wehn.