Speculation about former President Donald Trump’s plans for 2024 has been rife ever since he departed D.C. in January, and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) just stoked those flames even further by telling a group of Iowa Republicans, “I think he’s gonna run,” as the Des Moines Register reports.
Speaking to a Dallas County GOP group on Thursday, Jordan was showered with a deluge of cheers upon revealing his expectation with regard to Trump, someone with whom he is reportedly in regular contact.
“I think he’s gonna run. I want him to run. He’s proven he can take the heat,” Jordan declared.
Elaborating on why he is so enthusiastic about Trump’s potential return to the political arena, Jordan added, “We’re at a moment now where you’ve got to have someone who’s willing to fight, willing to stand up to all the abuses.”
Seemingly analogizing his difficult experiences with the liberal media to those of Trump, Jordan told the assembled Republicans, “Like I tell my colleagues, particularly the guys in the Freedom Caucus, if the press isn’t saying something bad about you, you’re not doing anything good,” continuing, “Just getting involved in supporting conservative values and principles, you’re going to get attacked by the cancel culture mob.”
Jordan is not the only high-profile Republican who seems to anticipate another Trump presidential campaign during the 2024 cycle, with former White House press secretary Sean Spicer recently opining with regard to the prospect, “He’s in,” as the Washington Examiner reported at the time.
Pointing to Trump’s successful ongoing fundraising efforts, his high approval ratings among critical voting blocks, and even his recent efforts to lose weight and get in top shape for the battles ahead, Spicer stated about a possible campaign, “A couple of months ago I wasn’t sure. Now, there needs to be something that will keep him out.”
Trump himself has continued to drop hints about his intentions, telling Fox News host Sean Hannity in July that he has already made up his mind about 2024, saying, “It’s not that I want to [run]. The country needs it. We have to take care of this country.”
Referencing his belief that the 2020 election was stolen from him, Trump told journalist Lisa Boothe last month, according to The Hill, “We won it twice. I’ve won it twice and now I have to win it again” in what is perhaps the strongest signal yet that the next presidential race is poised to become very interesting, indeed.