President Trump is reportedly considering launching his 2024 campaign during President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, The Daily Beast reported on Saturday.
Three people familiar with the conversations told the Beast that Trump has been discussing the specifics of a campaign launch with close advisers and confidants.
Two sources said that the president has floated the idea of a 2024-related event during Biden’s inauguration week, possibly on Inauguration Day, if his legal efforts to steal the 2020 election fail.
“The president and some of his closest associates have already started surveying prominent donors to get a sense of who would be with him, or perhaps against him, if he chose to run in the 2024 election. Some top Trump allies have told The Daily Beast that they are doing what they can to stay in the president’s good graces, calculating that doing so will help ensure a seat at the table and a future in the party—in the event he runs again,” according to the news outlet.
One poll from Seven Letter Insight found that 66 percent of Republican voters would support the president running in 2024.
A separate Morning Consult-Politico poll found that 54 percent would vote for the president in a 2024 primary.
Trump has repeatedly refused to concede the election and he and his allies have continued to make baseless accusations of voter fraud to explain his 2020 election loss.
During a press call on Thursday with reporters, Trump continued to claim that widespread voter fraud had occurred despite no evidence to suggest that is true.
“I don’t know what is going to happen. I know one thing: Joe Biden did not get 80 million votes,” said Trump. He also claimed that he had received significantly more than 74 million votes, insisting that votes for him had been tossed out.