TEXAS (Dispatches) – Former president Donald Trump has suggested that he will “probably have to” run for president again in 2024.
“I ran twice. I won twice,” he said during a rally in Robstown, Texas, for Republican candidates in the state. “I did much better the second time than I did before.”
He said he received “millions more votes in 2020 than 2016 and likewise, getting more votes than any sitting president in the history of our country by far.”
“And now in order to make our country successful, safe and glorious again, I will probably have to do it again,” Trump said. “But first we have to win a historic victory for the Republican Party this November.”
Forty-five percent of voters said they would support Trump for president in 2024 in a Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey released on Monday. Forty-three percent of voters said they would back President Biden.
Other potential 2024 GOP contenders include Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, former vice president Mike Pence, former secretary of state Mike Pompeo and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.
Trump has repeatedly hinted at a potential 2024 run, though he hasn’t fully yet committed himself to another campaign and some Republicans remain skeptical that he will actually move forward with a comeback bid.
He has been casting doubt on the outcome of his loss by insisting it was the result of fraud. He has said that the 2020 presidential election was “the greatest Election Hoax in history.”
Trump and his allies had raised concerns that widespread fraud marred the election and that it was rigged by the Washington establishment in favor of Biden, who was certified as the winner in Congress on January 6, 2021.
Most Republicans also believe that the election was stolen from Trump, and the Republican is the legitimate president of the United States.
Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in the hope of preventing lawmakers from certifying Biden’s victory, thus overturning the outcome of the 2020 presidential election but to no avail.
Angry protesters clashed with police and tried to beat up a number of Democratic lawmakers. They also damaged some parts of the building housing both wings of Congress.