Donald Trump has yet again teased his expected 2024 US presidential campaign bid during a midterm elections rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday night
Insiders claim the former U.S. President plans to announce his third run for the White House on November 14, six days after the midterms which could see President Joe Biden and the Democrats lose control of the congress.
While attending the rally in the battleground state of Pennsylvania to throw his support behind Republican candidates Doug Mastriano and Dr. Mehmet Oz, Mr Trump took aim at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
He coined the nickname “Ron DeSanctimonious” for his likely biggest rival for the Republican 2024 presidential nomination, while bragging that more voters said that they would prefer him in the White House than Mr DeSantis in a recent poll.
“There it is, Trump at 71 percent, Ron DeSanctimonious at 10%,” he told the crowd of Republican supporters in the city of Latrobe.
While the 76-year-old former US leader stopped short of declaring the launch of his 2024 presidential campaign, he did imply that the announcement is imminent.
“Everybody, I promise you, in the very next, very, very, very short period of time, you’re going to be so happy.”
After being egged-on by the crowd, he then changed the subject and said didn’t want to take the focus away from Doug Mastriano and Dr. Mehmet Oz ahead of polling day on Tuesday.
“One of the reasons I don’t want to do that right now — because I’d like to do it — but you know what, I really mean this. I want to have the focus tonight be your Dr. Oz and Doug Mastriano,” Mr Trump told the crowd.
“Very, very soon. You’re gonna be surprised at how soon, but first, we have to win a historic victory for Republicans in November.”
“This is something we have heard from Donald Trump pretty much since he left office – the hint that the was going to run again,” said Sky News Australia’s Washington Correspondent Annelise Nielsen on Sunday Agenda.
“It’s a big part of his draw, that he can continue to tease that he’s going to do it again and it keeps him politically relevant.”
Sky News Political Reporter, Laura Jayes, said if the Republicans gain control of the congress on Tuesday it will not only set up the next Presidential election – but it will also make life more difficult for President Biden.
“A good result means a Trump return. He’s certainly letting us all think that he’s 99% there,” she said on Sunday Agenda.
“A Republican wave mean life gets a whole lot harder for Joe Biden. He can’t pass anything through Congress without the republicans.
“In an economy headed towards recession -any social welfare measures are likely to be blocked. The republicans actually want to cut spending programs.
“The republicans will also have the power to have their own investigations – Hunter Biden – Joe Biden’s son is in the firing line there.”