Former President Donald Trump is running for president. The only remaining question is whether he will formally announce his 2024 campaign within the next seven days, or wait until after the midterm elections to do so.
Trump’s Boeing 757, affectionately known as “Trump Force One” during the 2016 campaign, is back in flight after being suspended last week during Trump’s White House presidency. , made its maiden voyage. new paint job.
“TRUMP” is still drawn in gold letters under the fuselage. At a political rally in Texas last week, Trump made a dramatic flight for his unwavering, joyful supporters gathered below.
Trump Force One is refueled and ready to take off.
Trump has also begun assembling a new campaign team. In classic Trump fashion, Trump asks a divided staff whether the 2024 campaign should be announced before the midterms or after.
The argument in favor of this week’s announcement is that it would be the best move possible: go all in at the moment when the stakes are highest and the bright lights are the brightest. infuriate.
One of Trump’s most attractive political traits is his willingness to spend political capital in high-risk situations to achieve something that actually matters. Most politicians spend their political capital only in situations where they are guaranteed to be politically useful.
Donald Trump that’s not.
Today’s announcement cuts both ways. Certainly, it will help Democrats desperate to find a problem — any problem! — something they can do. Abortion didn’t seem to work for them. Their governance record certainly isn’t working for them.
So this Halloween, just days before the election, the orange monster rattling chains under your bed will finally give Democrats something to say.
But with Trump coming next Wednesday morning, the gamble will pay off as the Republican Party revels in what could be the biggest rout in Republican history.
The flip side of this argument is that Trump wins equally either way. So why not wait under the light of victory and not announce it?
Of course, this would drive hate even among Republican supporters. Especially among established Republicans.
Again, they’ll see carnival barker Mr. Trump grabbing the mic and talking about himself, taking credit for the big win. Because, in fact, politicians never talk about themselves or take credit for themselves.
In fact, the only difference between Mr. Trump and all other politicians who always talk about themselves and take credit for themselves is that Mr. Trump can honestly claim his credit.
He really deserves the credit for the stunning upset victory the Republicans will enjoy next week.
The very issues driving the Republican Party to victory are the very issues Mr. Trump has brought to the forefront of the party. No longer the party of wealthy Wall Street whites, Trump’s Republican Party is the party of working Americans.
Trump’s Republican Party is the party of law and order.
Trump’s Republican Party is the party of border security. And — increasingly — Trump’s Republican Party is becoming the party of Hispanic Americans.
Trump’s Republican Party is the Party of Liberty.
Trump can also praise his new Republican army of rising stars.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Arizona’s Kari Lake are two of the rising rock stars of the Republican Party who have fallen into the mold of Donald Trump. In addition to embracing Trump’s “MAGA agenda,” they will fight with the same level of enthusiasm and intensity.
Like it or not, the Republican Party belongs to Trump today. So will tomorrow.
• Charles Hart is opinion editor for The Washington Times.