President Trump promised to return to the White House in 2024 if he doesn’t manage to keep his presidency now with his ongoing legal battles alleging election fraud.
On Tuesday evening, the President hosted a Christmas celebration at the White House. In the event, the President teased the crowd that he will probably run “in four years,” after once again claiming that he was the true winner of the Presidential election.
The President told that crowd, “It’s been an amazing four years. We are trying to do another four years.”
At a White House Christmas party tonight Trump teased running for president again in 2024 while noting that he's still "trying to do another four years."
“It’s been an amazing four years. We are trying to do another four years. Otherwise, I’ll see you in four years,” he said.
— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) December 2, 2020
Dozens of Republican National Committee members showed their support for the President by attending the said event. Footage of the event was also shared by a guest on social media as they’re seen in the Cross Hall of the White House.
In the video which was shared by former Oklahoma Republican Party Chair, Pam Pollard, the President was heard addressing the crowd. The President was also filmed making his entrance while waving to the crowd of cheering guests.
President Trump then went on to deliver a speech repeating election fraud claims, “It’s certainly an unusual year. We won an election, but they don’t like that,” he said.
He then continued and said, “I call it a rigged election, and I always will.”
These comments by Trump came days after he admitted to leaving the White House if the Electoral College votes for Joe Biden later this month.
Meanwhile, Top US Republican Senator, Lindsey Graham urged the President to run for the 2024 election in case his legal challenges “fall short.”
The Senator told Fox News Radio that he supports President Trump’s efforts in challenging some of the election results. Senator Graham said, “I don’t know if it will flip the election, it deserves to be looked at… and this election is by no means over.”
Graham continued to side with Trump over election results, saying that they need to look at AZ, GA, MI and PA. "We've got to prove system failure in Pennsylvania."
"I don't know if it will flip the election, it deserves to be looked at.. and this election is by no means over."
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 9, 2020
In addition to this, the Senator also said that he would encourage President Trump to think about running for President again.
“We just can’t quite get there to not let this movement die, to consider running again, to create an organization, platforms over the next four years. To keep this movement alive, growing the Republican representation in minority communities,” Graham said.
He added that if Republicans keep the Senate, they have to do a joint committee that would analyze the mail-in balloting and how it worked.
On the other hand, two anonymous sources told Axios that President Trump had already discussed with his adviser about running again in the 2024 election.
Despite losing his reelection bid to Joe Biden, Trump still garnered over 71 million votes, although less than 4 million than the votes received by Biden, had surpassed the popular vote record of former President Barack Obama of 69.5 million.
In a post-election poll by Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald, it showed that 6 out of 10 voters for President said that Trump should run again in the 2024 election. In addition t this, 71% of Trump supporters also believed that the election was indeed rigged.
These numbers revealed that most Trump supporters remain remarkably loyal to the President to the point that only 23% agree that the outcome of the election was “legitimate.”
With President Trump’s dedicated and sizable fanbase, many Republicans have warned Democrats that Trump’s influence in the future should not be underestimated.
Sen. Mitt Romney said, “He’s [Trump] not disappearing by any means,” calling the President a “900-pound gorilla when it comes to the Republican party” who will have an immense impact going forward.