- The outgoing president hasn’t conceded defeat.
- Attorney General Barr said that, “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
- Constitutionally, nothing prevents Donald Trump’s interest in a comeback bid.
Even though he hasn’t conceded defeat yet, President Donald Trump hinted Wednesday at a possibility of running again for the US presidency in the nation’s 2024 presidential election. “It’s been an amazing four years. We are trying to do another four years. Otherwise, I’ll see you in four years,” President Trump told the crowd at the White House Christmas party.
The media was barred from covering the event, which was attended by Republican Party officials. However, a video of his speech was leaked shortly after.
It has been almost a month following the November 3 election, in which President Trump was beaten by Joe Biden, of the Democratic Party. However, the outgoing president hasn’t conceded defeat. Rather, he insists that the elections were fraudulent, hence null and void.
Via a series of tweets, President Trump has maintained that the elections were rigged in favor of his opponent, and he wants the outcome overturned. The President tweeted, in one of his many dismissing Joe Biden’s victory last month:
“He won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more!”
No Massive Fraud
President Trump, however, suffered a major blow to his allegations on Wednesday, after one of his key confidants, US Attorney General William Barr openly came out and dismissed the outgoing President’s “baseless” accusations that the elections were marred with massive fraud.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Attorney General Barr said that, “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.” He added that “there’s a growing tendency to use the criminal justice system as sort of a default fix-all.” However, he said that first there must be a basis to believe there is a crime to investigate.
“Most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct,” Barr said. “And those have been run down; they are being run down.” He added, “some have been broad and potentially cover a few thousand votes. They have been followed up on.”
According to Sky News, Donald Trump has discussed with his close relatives and confidants the possibility of announcing the launch of his campaign for 2024 on January 20, the day of the swearing-in of Mr. Biden, signaling that he, therefore, won’t attend the event after all.
Constitutionally, nothing prevents Donald Trump’s interest in a comeback bid. It has threatened to freeze the field of future Republican presidential aspirants, however. The US Constitution prohibits a president from taking more than two terms, but making two non-consecutive terms is a possibility.
Only one man succeeded in this bet, Grover Cleveland, at the end of the 19th century. Elected in 1884, he was defeated in 1888, then elected again in 1892. He is, in the history books, both the 22nd and the 24th President of the United States.
Grover Cleveland was 56 at the start of his second term. Donald Trump, should he take that route, would be much older, however, at 78.