Former President Donald J. Trump announced his bid for the 2024 Republican nomination on Tuesday night before a crowd of supporters.
In an event he alluded to last week, Trump took to the stage to give a speech before hundreds of supporters at his Mar-a-Lago residence.
“In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” Trump said from a “Trump 2024” adorned podium.
While the tone of the speech was far more measured compared to other speeches given by the former president, Donald Trump struck out several campaign positions.
“We will abolish every Biden COVID mandate, and rehire every patriot who was fired from our military with an apology and full back pay.”
“To eliminate cheating, I will immediately demand voter I.D. same day voting, and ONLY paper ballots. ONLY paper ballots.”
“To further drain the swamp, I will push a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress… I will ask for a permanent ban on taxpayer funding of campaigns, a lifetime ban on lobbying by former members of Congress and cabinet members… we want a ban on members of Congress getting rich by trading stocks with insider information.”
Trump’s announcement comes very early in the primary process. Nearly two years out from election day, he is the first 2024 Republican to announce his bid.
Gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, who was officially defeated by Democrat Katie Hobbs, came out in full support of a Trump 2024 run.
The official filing paperwork was posted to Twitter later in the evening. Federal Election Commission paperwork is required for all candidates who are running for office.
The former president’s announcement came with a mixed reaction from conservatives and Republicans. Some members of the Trump base were ecstatic, ready for round two of Donald Trump. Others were in opposition to the announcement, believing another candidate should take the reins of the Republican Party. Others seemed disinterested in the wake of disappointing Republican losses in the 2022 midterm elections.
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