Former President Donald Trump Announces Third Presidential Bid


Gage Skidmore

Former President Trump launches his 2024 Presidential campaign just a week after the 2022 midterms, ensuring he’s the first to announce and ahead of the game. “Donald Trump” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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After the primary midterms, former President Donald Trump took to the podium on November 15 to announce his third bid for presidency at Mar-a-Lago.

While the announcement was expected by many, it still caused many reactions from people ranging from excitement to dread. Dread on not only the left side of the political aisle, but also the right.

Recently, more conservatives seem to be growing tired of the former president, wishing he wouldn’t run and would allow room for someone else.

“In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” Trump said on stage at his estate.

His speech lasted an hour, as he talked about his administration’s accomplishments, the failures of the current one, and the direction he wishes for the country to go. The main issues he focused on in the speech were trade, China, war tensions, immigration, policing, and the drug crisis.

Trump said that the country was “ready for its golden age” before he left office, saying that “together we built the greatest economy in the history of the world.”

Trump, however, hardly mentioned anything about the 2020 election being stolen, a topic that he has been passionate about.

Despite many saying they’re tired of Trump and wish to see someone else run, some did praise his speech for looking to the future rather than focusing on the past. Those that were more critical of the speech, however, mentioned that the speech reminded them of former President Trump’s 2017 inaugural speech.

Senior James Ingolia said he thinks a Trump presidency would be “better for the state of America” in comparison to the state of America under the current administration.

“I think it would be better for America because currently it feels like Biden has no clue what is going on, and is more of a political puppet instead of a leader.”

Despite Ingolia saying he’d rather have Trump than Biden as president, he said he thought the former president “did a bad job” as President.

“The policies he made during his term were problematic, and he didn’t even fulfill many of the promises he made,” Ingolia said.

Senior Austin Kirton said he overall liked the idea of Trump running again considering his accomplishments. “However, I feel like he needs to actually campaign this time, because just arguing with his competitor doesn’t show good character,” he said.

Kirton also spoke on how he thought it’d play out if Trump and Biden were the candidates in the next election, saying while he thinks Trump would win, “At this point, I think Joe will lose to anyone.”

In terms of how well Trump did as President, Kirton said he thought the former president did very well.

“At first I was only looking at the fake news, [but then] I actually put in effort and looked into what he was doing,” Kirton said. “He brought down the unemployment rate so much, and he made peace with North Korea… nobody could even walk into that country. He made gas prices the lowest possible and made a great oil trade with Canada.”

Though Kirton talked about how he wouldn’t mind a Trump candidacy, he did say he would prefer to have another candidate: Governor Ron Desantis of Florida. “I agree with Ron Desantis more on policies, plus I also think that Desantis would easily be able to beat Biden or any other Democrat they put up by a landslide.”

The thoughts and feelings of Trump running again are as polarized as ever. This time, it’s not just Democrats against Republicans, but both parties having largely differing opinions with one another as to who should, or rather shouldn’t, become the nominee from within.

The Presidential debates are presumed to begin sometime towards the end of 2023, with the Presidential election being November 5th, 2024.