A string of recent moves by Trump’s key potential Republican rivals has seen at least one candidate, and possibly more, ready to join him in the 2024 presidential election as early as this month. It shows that there is
The first to make that leap may be one of Trump’s former senior officials. Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley teased a Feb. 15 “special announcement” Wednesday morning in South Carolina, where she previously served as governor.
Multiple outlets are reporting that this Charleston announcement marks the official launch of the campaign. “It’s sure to be a great day in South Carolina!” Haley tweeted, along with an RSVP link to the event.
Late Wednesday, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) announced through his office that he will soon be giving speeches in South Carolina and Iowa, key states in the presidential primary cycle.
Scott’s first event, in honor of Black History Month, is set to take place in Charleston on February 16, the day after Hailey’s announcement. His second appearance on “The Importance of Faith in America” is scheduled for February 2nd. Republicans want to keep it as the first state on the primary calendar.
Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, and Haley, who has built bipartisan credibility as governor and at the United Nations, have long been suspected of preparing for the presidential nomination. Haley has appeared to be ahead of many of her potential Republican rivals in recent weeks. CNBC reported last week that it had instructed some of its new hires to come to Charleston by Wednesday.
They are two potential candidates on a long list of Republicans expected to throw their hats in the ring in 2024. , including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has remained silent about the president’s plans, Trump’s former Vice President Mike Pence, Trump’s former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and many others.
Pence, Haley, Scott, and the rest of his 2024 Republican nominees will also speak at a conference on Feb. 24 in Austin, Texas, The Texas Tribune reported Wednesday. But given that Trump’s campaign has been virtually non-existent for the two-and-a-half months since he last announced his candidacy for the White House, so far it’s been a one-man campaign. It was competitive and slow.
In a sign that the race was shifting into second gear, the former president finally hit the road after making two stops in South Carolina and New Hampshire over the weekend.
“I am more angry and committed than ever before,” Trump said at a Republican leadership conference in Salem, New Hampshire. The two-time impeachable former president, who has been embroiled in the trial, remains a dominant figure in the Republican Party, albeit weakened.
With a rival challenging the Republican leadership position more likely than ever, Trump has hit a new, harder hit on his media social.
Trump called Haley over the weekend and said he encouraged her to run. But on Wednesday afternoon, in a post on his Twitter-like site Truth Social, he appeared to mock Haley, saying he would support Trump if Haley ran for president again in 2021. I shared a video of “Nikki needs to follow her heart, not her honor,” Trump wrote in the post. “You must walk!”
In an earlier post, Trump attacked DeSantis as a “RINO GLOBALIST” and criticized him for the actions he took during the coronavirus pandemic.DeSantis expanded certain social distancing measures in the early stages of the pandemic and has been praised by conservatives for pushing efforts to strengthen them.
Trump added, “Loved the Vaccines and squandered enormous money on ‘Testing’.” “How easily memory fades!”