Former US President Donald Trump on Monday said he will make a “big announcement” next week as he teases a third presidential run while campaigning on the eve of the last day of voting in the US. midterm elections this year.
“I’m going to make a very big announcement on Tuesday, November 15 at Mar-a-Lago,” Trump told a cheering crowd in Vandalia, Ohio, on Monday night, where he was holding the rally. the last protest in the middle of the term. season to support Senate candidate J.D. Vance.
Trump explained that he doesn’t want “nothing to diminish the importance of tomorrow,” even after he made a frantic attempt to hold him back after he told people he was considering officially kicked off its next campaign on Monday night at the rally.
Trump has been increasingly clear about his plans to seek another term, saying in recent days that he will “very, very, very likely” run for re-election and will formalize his intentions “very, very soon”.
“I’ll probably have to do it again but keep an eye out,” he said Sunday night in Miami. “Watch out tomorrow night in the wonderful state of Ohio.”
Republican officials and some in Trump’s orbit have urged him for months to wait until the midterms are over to kick off, in part to avoid turning the election into a referendum intention of him and to protect him from potential liability should the Republican Party fail to do so. as the party hoped on Tuesday.
But Trump has been eager to move forward, hoping to deliver the expected Republican victory after endorsing nearly 300 candidates, as well as staving off potential challenges like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and others have indicated that they will run for office. Indeed, the date of Trump’s announcement – November 15 – is the same day former Vice President Mike Pence will release a book seen as part of a potential campaign rollout of his own.
Trump’s statement comes as he faces an escalating series of legal challenges, including several investigations that could lead to indictments. These include the investigation into hundreds of classified documents seized by the FBI from his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, as well as ongoing federal and state investigations into attempt to overturn the results of his 2020 presidential election.
The House committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 also subpoenaed Trump and last month issued a letter to his lawyers saying he must testify, at the Palace. Capitol or via videoconference, “starting on or about” November 14 and continuing for days as needed.
Trump beat Ohio, once considered a tie, by eight points in both 2016 and 2020. The state also proved an early test of his endorsement power when his decision to favor Vance in the position. The state’s super-competitive Senate primary sent political newcomers to victory. a crowded Republican field.
Vance, an author, venture capitalist and one-time Trump critic, is part of a new generation of Republican leaders who have embraced Trump’s “America First” views, including his isolationist foreign policy and focus on immigration.