Former President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he will make a “major announcement” on November 15 at his Mar-a-Lago club. It is widely believed that he will do so to officially announce the start of his 2024 presidential campaign after weeks of escalating speculation.
“I’m going to be making a very big announcement on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida,” Trump said at a Save America rally in Vandalia, Ohio on the eve of the midterm elections.
Trump allegedly considered running for president a third time during the Ohio event, but national Republicans contacted him and advised him to wait out the announcement for concern that it would invigorate Democrats and maybe turn off independent votes.
“We want nothing to detract from the importance of tomorrow,” Trump said.
Near the conclusion of a more than 90-minute address at a rally for Ohio Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance, Trump made a statement regarding the 15th of November. However, Trump gave a campaign rally address instead of concentrating on Vance. In his tirade, the former president attacked Democrats, judges who had rendered unfavorable decisions in cases involving his family, run-down American airports, and, above all, Vice President Joe Biden.
A request from CNBC for a Trump spokesman to confirm that his event on November 15 will serve as a campaign launch went unanswered.
However, Trump is ready to launch his third bid for the presidency, and in recent weeks, preparations for a campaign infrastructure and staffing discussions have greatly increased. A preliminary list of prospective top aides has already begun to circulate.
Although several of the Republican candidates he was in Ohio to support were welcomed up on stage for brief remarks with Trump, there were not many references of them in Trump’s speech.
Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican from Ohio, was booed by the audience as he entered the platform, which caused an embarrassing moment. DeWine is regarded as an establishment Republican who dissented from the erroneous assertion that Trump was the legitimate victor of the 2020 presidential election, which served as the driving force behind Trump’s MAGA campaign.
Trump heavily drew on topics from his successful 2016 presidential campaign, such as crime and illegal immigration. He asserted that Democrats had permitted unauthorized immigrants to enter the country and commit violent crimes, just as he had done six years earlier during his first bid for public office.
On Monday, Trump used the sentencing of a gang member for the brutal stabbing death of a teenage boy to illustrate his point.
However, the crime for which Trump was blaming Democrats actually occurred in 2018—during his administration.