Former President Donald Trump this week hinted at running as an independent by sharing an article online that argued in favor of him running as a third-party candidate if the RNC does not nominate him for the 2024 election.
In his latest post on Truth Social, the former President shared an article in American Greatness titled “The Coming Split,” in which writer Dan Gelernter argues that Trump should have “no intention of supporting a Republican Party” if the party does not nominate him for a second term.
“If you ask me, Trump’s presidency was much more ‘American’ than it was ‘Republican.’ That’s why it was such a success and why so many of us loved it,” wrote author Gelernter. “Now, if the Republican Party thinks it’s not big enough for Trump, it’s not going to be big enough for me either.”
“Do I think Trump can win as a third-party candidate? No. Would I vote for him as a third-party candidate? Yes,” the author argued. Adding that voting for a different Republican would be backing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s predisposition for sending taxpayer money to Ukraine.
President Trump announced his 2024 re-election bid just after the 2022 November mid-term elections and his biggest possible Primary challenger is speculated to be Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Although Gov. DeSantis has not made any official announcement for a presidential bid yet, many speculate that the populist Republican would be a leading Trump challenger and RNC nominee if he decides to contend for the office in 2024.
Gov. DeSantis has already received several high-profile endorsements prior to announcing a 2024 bid from figures like Twitter CEO Elon Musk.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 26, 2022
A survey conducted by Suffolk University from Dec. 7-11 discovered that almost two-thirds of Republican voters and independents would support Gov. DeSantis in 2024 and 56% of the voters said they would prefer him over President Trump.
“If Trump follows @SenatorSinema’s lead and runs for president as an independent he instantly launches the most consequential third-party candidacy in American history,” political commentator Juan Williams, suggested in his Hill column referring to Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s recent switch from Democrat to independent.
If Trump follows @SenatorSinema's lead and runs for president as an independent he instantly launches the most consequential third-party candidacy in American history. https://t.co/kQzGYqDlUE
— Juan Williams (@TheJuanWilliams) December 29, 2022
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