A record-setting 80 million people tuned in to watch President Donald Trump’s 2024 campaign kickoff events in New Hampshire and South Carolina last week. He’s running away in every poll so far by double digits.
Some people are clearly maneuvering to jump in the race but haven’t done so yet. Others seem to be backing off. Meanwhile, Trump sat down with radio RINO Hugh Hewitt this week to talk about the playing field, and where things seem to be going.
A lot of media outlets seem to have figured out a new way to attack Trump: They’re ignoring him. Even though it’s making them go broke. Trump’s first two campaign rallies were just as massively attended as any of his rallies in 2016 or 2020. As mentioned, a record-high amount of people tuned in to watch online. But MSNBC and CNN barely covered it. We only mention that because it’s an interesting change from just two years ago, and we’ll be keeping an eye on it.
As far as primary opponents are concerned, there are really only two or possibly three candidates who are a certainty at this point. Trump’s former UN Ambassador Nicki Haley will launch her campaign in mid-February. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) is launching a “Faith in America” tour, which is obviously his presidential campaign, at the same time. He’ll be touring South Carolina and Iowa, so that makes it pretty obvious.
The only other person who has stated definitively that they’re running is John Bolton.
Anyway, other possible candidates include Maryland’s RINO Governor Larry Hogan, Virginia’s brand-new Governor Glenn Youngkin, Trump’s CIA Director and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Mike “The Betrayer” Pence, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Nikki Haley doesn’t stand much of a chance. Her support for Black Lives Matter and erasing the Confederate flag, among other things, mean that her home state won’t even vote for her in the primary. Plus, she stated many times that she would never run against Donald Trump in 2024. So, here she comes!
Haley apparently called Trump and told him that her heart was telling her to run in 2024. Trump paid her a hilarious back-handed compliment on Truth Social. He wrote:
“Nikki has to follow her heart, not her honor. She should definitely run!”
And… he’s back, ladies and gentlemen! That line just cracked me up. As if anyone would vote for Nikki Haley for “following her heart” like a character in a Disney movie, rather than voting against her because she has no honor. This is going to be another fun primary.
Larry Hogan is looking more and more likely to jump in the race, weirdly. He has no constituency left at all. In a radio interview earlier this week, he said that he would absolutely support President Trump if he’s the nominee in 2024. Later that same day, he flip-flopped on Twitter and said there’s no way he will ever support Trump if he’s the nominee. So, his campaign is off to a great start.
I have a particularly low opinion of Sen. Tim Scott. Sure, he seems like a nice guy. But when domestic terrorists started burning down American cities after George Floyd’s fentanyl overdose death in 2020, Tim Scott’s instinct was to start renaming military bases. How did trying to appease a bunch of domestic terrorists like that work out?
I’m trying to envision Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin jumping in the race, and I’m drawing a blank. What possible reason would he have to do that? It smacks of a media wish fulfillment fantasy. Maybe the liberal media thinks if they encourage him enough, he’ll jump in?
Mike Pompeo has no shot at all, but he has a billionaire backing him, so it looks like he’ll be in the primaries for a short time. The same goes for Mike Pence.
Which leaves us with Ron DeSantis. I think DeSantis is savvy enough to realize what it will do to his political career if he jumps in. Everyone who challenges Trump ends up looking like Wile E. Coyote right after the dynamite goes off. How’s Jeb! doing these days? (“Please clap?!”)
If DeSantis does jump in, he’s going to be the last person to do so, probably right before the GOP primary debates start in August. (Can you believe GOP primary debates with DONALD TRUMP are just a few months away??) DeSantis has a choice between finishing out a solid second term as Governor of Florida and then running a two-year campaign for president starting in 2026. Or he could take his chances against a proven fighter. We’ll see what he decides to do.