Amid growing speculation about his future role in the Republican Party comes word that former President Donald Trump is planning to hold no fewer than three of his signature rallies this summer, according to Breitbart, in a decision sure to strike fear in the hearts of of leftists everywhere.
According to a Trump adviser close to the situation, the former commander in chief will hold a pair of rallies in June, with another to follow in early July. The events are anticipated to take shape as the same type of airport rallies for which Trump became famous during the final stretch of the 2020 presidential campaign, as the Daily Mail reported.
The Trump adviser who spoke to the Daily Mail about the upcoming rallies said, “The president is anxious to get back out on the trail and we are getting a lot of offers and invitations from both candidates and political causes in different areas.”
As of now, the specific locations of the rallies remain undecided, though there are reportedly four sites under consideration, from which two will be selected. According to the Daily Mail, it also unclear whether Trump will appear at events alongside candidates he has previously endorsed, or whether he will hold events in locations that have relevance to a particular political issue.
Trump’s return to large-scale public rallies is perhaps indicative of his plans for 2024, something he discussed during a recent interview with conservative pundit Candace Owens, as The Hill reported. When asked whether he plans to seek a return to the Oval Office, Trump told Owen that his supporters are likely to be “very happy” when he ultimately reveals his decision.
“The answer is I’m absolutely enthused. I look forward to doing an announcement at the right time,” Trump said, adding, “As you know, it’s very early. But I think people are going to be very, very happy when I make a certain announcement.”
Making reference to legal contraints on the timing of an announcement, Trump continued, “You know, for campaign finance reasons, you really can’t do it too early because it becomes a whole different thing. Otherwise, I think I’d give you an answer that you’d be very happy with. So we’re looking at that very, very seriously. All I’d say is: stay tuned.”
Though his remarks to Owens were perhaps the most definitive indicator of Trump’s ambitions, they did not represent the first time he has hinted at a possible 2024 campaign since leaving office in January. During a February speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), he teased the possibility of another battle for the White House against Democrats, saying, “Who knows? I may even decide to beat them for a third time,” as Politico noted, in a sly reference to the hotly disputed veracity of the election results.
Only time will tell whether Trump is serious about mounting another presidential campaign, but there can be little doubt that all eyes will be on his return to the wildly popular rally format that helped propel him to the White House in the first place.