In his first on-camera interview since leaving the White House over two months ago, former President Donald Trump gave his strongest indication that he will make the ultimate comeback in 2024, telling supporters to keep the “hope” when asked about the possibility of running.
Trump spoke to his daughter-in-law Lara Trump on Wednesday, who conducted the 18-minute wide-ranging interview for her webcast, “The Right View With Lara Trump.“
“The other question people all want to know—and I know you’re not ready to answer it yet—but do we have hope that there’s a possibility to see Donald Trump run again in 2024?” Lara asked.
“You do have hope, that I can tell you,” Trump responded. “You do have hope. We love our country — this country. We all owe a lot to our country but now we have to help our country.”
The former president didn’t make a formal announcement of his intention on whether he would make a definite run in 2024. In recent interviews over the last few weeks, Trump has floated a potential comeback, revealing that he would make a final decision after seeing the results of the 2022 midterm election and if the GOP regaining control of both chambers of Congress.
A recent polling conducts shows Trump as the highly favored choice among Republicans for the party’s 2024 nomination. A Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey was conducted just before his highly anticipated remarks closing out the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in Orlando, FL in late February. During the CPAC conference that conducted its own annual straw poll, the former president was considered the top choice amongst attendees by earning 55 percent of the vote and also found an overwhelmingly 97 percent approval rate for Trump’s job performance as president.
A Politico-Morning Consult poll conducted after the second impeachment trial in early February found that 59 percent of GOP voters saying Trump should play a “major role” in the Republican Party, up 18 percent from the previous month’s survey.
Regarding his popular MAGA rallies that had attracted tens of thousands of his supporters, many who waited in lines a day or two ahead of the event just to be one of the first to jam-pack the arenas over the years. Trump signaled that he is “thinking” about hold one “relatively soon,” but didn’t elaborate any further information on the upcoming rally.
“People always ask me, will we ever be able to attend another Trump rally?” Lara inquired.
“Oh yeah, sure, I think so,” Trump responded. “In fact, we’re thinking about doing one relatively soon, just to let everybody know that there’s hope in the future.”
“I love doing them, but more importantly I think we get the word out and that’s incredible. When we have rallies, you know if you won a state. I can tell if we’re going to win a state by a rally. When we set up a rally 24 hours before and we have 35-40,000 people show up,” he added later on in the interview.
The 2020 election saw Trump holding his infamous rallies amid the pandemic, but were much smaller crowd and held outside of an airport hangers. Despite a change of venue and only being able to have accommodated a third of the crowd size, there were still filled to its capacity. Any 2024 presidential campaign would likely see a return to normal with Trump holding his infamous large rallies that were a main feature with the former president sometimes holding three to five rallies in different states in the nation.
During the 18-minute interview, Trump and Lara also discussed the “dishonest media” coverage he received during his presidency, comparing to how they are now covering his successor with their lack of scrutiny to cover many troubling events, including Biden tripping three-time going up the stairs of Air Force One earlier this month.
“Well I think the press conference is probably the least of it,” Trump said. “People saw a lot of things happening long prior to the press conference… Lot of things going on, so we’ll see what happens. I hope he’s okay for the sake of the country.”
“[Biden] falls down three times and he couldn’t get up. The third time he didn’t know where the hell he was, and it was not on the evening news,” Trump continued. “But, it was actually a pretty sad situation. It was also sad from the standpoint that we don’t have freedom of the press anymore.”
He added, “I remember when Gerald Ford fell down the stairs. That was such a big deal …Well actually, it helped ruin his presidency, you want to really know the truth. Every time you see him, they show him now falling down the stairs. And with Biden, they don’t want to show it at all. It is a dishonest media that we have.”
Regarding big tech crusade against conservative, Trump blasted Twitter for censoring the Hunter Biden’s bombshell reporting from The New York Post a month before the general election that unveiled how corrupt Biden’s son was based on his financial foreign dealings with China and Ukraine.
“When they didn’t show Hunter Biden all of the things that were happening with Hunter – and you don’t want to do that you don’t want to get somebody in trouble. He has some difficulties. But when they didn’t show any of that during the campaign. They just cut it out like canceled, I guess you’d call it canceled culture right,” Trump said.
The former president said the censorship of the Hunter Biden’s story marked “the beginning” of the media entering a “new phase” in selecting what to report and restrict in their coverage, preventing the public the option to see both sides and letting them make their own decision.
“When they didn’t show the [Hunter Biden’s story], to me that was really the beginning because it was bad,” Trump said. “They didn’t bring Hunter up, it was just really canceled, and later on, polls came out that showed it would have made a 10 point difference. To me, that’s where it actually began this new phase. The new phase is, you have something, and they won’t put it out. And that’s whether it’s scandalous, or whether it’s just good news, they won’t put it out.”
Lara who recently has become a Fox News Contributor posted the video interview on her Facebook and Instagram accounts, with both videos being quickly removed by the social media platforms. In an email explaining their reasoning shortly after, Facebook cited that any video post featuring the “voice of Donald Trump” must be “in line” with the ban they placed on the former president’s earlier this year.