KEY POINTS

  • Trump stopped short of making an official announcement
  • He previously suggested that it would be easy for him to win the Republican nomination
  • Trump has said that he is unlikely to announce a presidential bid until after the midterm elections

Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday hinted yet again at plans to run for the presidential seat in 2024 but stopped short of making an official announcement. 

In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Trump said his supporters would be “very angry” if he decides not to run in the next presidential election. While he did not confirm his plan to make a bid in 2024, he did tease that the next presidential election would be “incredible.”

"I think that we'll see what happens after, right after the midterms. I think we're going to have a great '22. And I think we should have a really incredible, you know, '24," Trump told Hewitt. 

His remarks echo comments he has made since leaving the White House in January, in which he repeatedly teased plans to launch a third bid for the presidency. In November, Trump suggested that he would easily win the GOP nomination if he decided to run. 

"Look, I have a 94, 95%, even in the CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), I had a 98% approval rating. So if I decide to run, I'll get it very easily,” he said during a Fox Business appearance.

In a separate Fox News interview, Trump said he is unlikely to announce a 2024 bid for the presidency until after the 2022 midterms conclude. He also added that his aides advised him to hold off on his announcement to avoid a large turnout of anti-Trump Democratic voters during the midterm elections. 

Polls have shown that Republicans still want the former president to lead their party in the 2024 elections. A Quinnipiac University poll conducted Oct. 15 to 18 found that 78% of Republicans want Trump in the 2024 roster. A survey conducted by Morning Consult/Politico between Oct. 8 to 11 also found that 47% of Republicans would vote for Trump for president in 2024.

In a hypothetical poll conducted by GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio, Trump led President Joe Biden in five key battleground states, including Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. During the 2020 election, Biden won all five swing states. 

Businessman and former US president Donald Trump has been raising big money from institutional investors for his fledgling social media venture Businessman and former US president Donald Trump has been raising big money from institutional investors for his fledgling social media venture Photo: AFP / MANDEL NGAN