The rising prospect of former President Donald Trump bidding for the White House in 2024, along with falling poll numbers for President Biden, is giving Democrats concern, according to a report.
More speculation is fueling Trump’s campaign-style rally Saturday at the state fairgrounds in Iowa, the major early voting state, where a recent poll found voters prefer him to the president now. look more favorably.
The former president hasn’t said he will run for another term in 2024, but longtime aide Jason Miller said he believes the chances are “between 99 and 100 percent.”
“He hasn’t said magic words to me, but if you talk to him for a few minutes, it’s pretty clear he’s running,” Miller told Cheddar News in an interview last month.
Coupled with Biden’s tanking job approval rating, which has fallen into the 30s following a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and his fluttering legislative agenda, Democrats are worried.
“There’s no strategist or insider I’m hanging out with who would want to see Donald Trump run again,” Democratic pollster Rachel Bitkoffer told The Hill. “No one should think that he will be a weak nominee.”
He told the publication that Democrats still haven’t recovered from his shocking victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, and that Trump won 74 million votes in 2020 and his massive influence among Republicans doesn’t bode well for Democrats.
“After four years of scandal after scandal and then the pandemic and its mismanagement, he almost won the White House again in 2020,” he said. “It never impressed him. And he almost won and his party got seats in the House.
Another strategist said Democrats should never underestimate Trump’s ability to strengthen his base.
“The Democrats would be foolish to think it would be easy to take them down,” Mike More, a former aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), told The Hill.
In an interview late last month, Trump hinted at his plans when asked if he could for some reason not consider running.
“Well, I guess that’s a bad call from the doctor or something, right?” Trump replied. “I would say, it happens to people.”
“So things happen, through God, they happen,” Trump, 75, said. “But you know, I feel great, and I hate what’s happening in our country.”
At the same time, 78-year-old Biden has not announced that he will run in 2024, making a septuagenarian faceoff, and some worry whether another Democratic candidate could stand up to Trump.
“The scariest thing about the next election is what we’ve seen” [Trump] And I’m not sure we have a candidate who can be competitive,” one Democratic donor told The Hill. “I thought Biden was the only one who could oust him in 2020. And if he doesn’t run, many people wonder if Kamala [Harris] can be effective. So who will take on Trump, if not Biden? That’s the issue.”
Biden’s recent missteps didn’t help him.
“He’s looking weak, he’s looking defensive,” said the fundraiser. “It’s where Trump wants him.”