MARATHON The former American president hopes to nip in the bud a potential candidacy of Ron DeSantis and protect himself from the numerous legal investigations which target him
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Former President Donald Trump waves after announcing he is running for president for the third time at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)/FLAH314/22320131936744//2211160555 — Andrew Harnik/AP/SIPA
MAGA, act 3. After winning the presidential election of 2016 then lost that of 2020, Donald Trump announced his candidacy for; that of 2024, Tuesday evening. From his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, he accused Joe Biden of being the commander-in-chief of a “nation in decline”. But before dreaming of a return match against his successor, Donald Trump, who is targeted; by multiple judicial inquiries, is already going to having to emerge victorious from a fratricidal Republican primary. With knives sharpened by the poor performance of his foals in the midterms, and the emergence of Ron DeSantis as a formidable potential opponent.
🔴C'est officiel, Donald Trump annonce sa candidature à la présidentielle de 2024 "to make America great and glorious again" pic.twitter.com/F4En8tNHt0
— Philippe Berry (@ptiberry) November 16, 2022
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“To make America again great and glorious, I am announcing this evening my candidacy for the presidential election,” Donald Trump in front of several hundred guests, in a much less heated atmosphere than at its MAGA meetings. He’s also shown himself to be globally disciplined for most of the 60 minutes of his speech, not to mention that the 2020 election – or midterms – had been “Stolen” or “rigged” its usual.
“On the brink of nuclear war”
Promising an America “returning” an idyllic picture of his first term, evoking a country at peace, prosperous and respected; on the international stage. Conversely, the former head of state, wearing his traditional red tie, did not have words harsh enough to denounce Joe Biden’s record. A country immersed in in violence and crime, where soaring prices are strangling American households, where “millions” of illegal immigrants cross the border with Mexico, he said indignantly. in front of a row of American flags.
“Joe Biden epitomizes the failures of the left and Washington's corruption,” the ex-businessman in his pugnacious speech. The Democratic president “brings us to the brink of nuclear war,” Donald Trump, saying war in Ukraine “would never have happened” s’he was president.
A candidate identified by judicial inquiries
Donald Trump embarks on the race to the primary two years before the election, seven months earlier than in 2015, when he was a political novice. Why such a rush? “Because he wants to protect himself from prosecutors,” said lawyer George Conway, a notorious Trump critic and husband of his former adviser Kellyanne Conway, in an editorial.
< p>In fact, even if the committee parliamentary inquiry into the Capitol assault is expected to disappear in January with the narrow majority Republican to the House, Donald Trump will be an identified candidate; by justice. Who is investigating his role in the violence of January 6, 2021, his financial affairs, his management of the White House archives or the pressure exerted on electoral agents.
< p>His candidacy does not prevent the Justice Department from indicting him. But the political bar at to cross to justify prosecution is higher than ever in the face of a candidate who denounces “persecution” authorities and the FBI. Technically, he could even be a candidate in the event of indictment, or even conviction – only Congress has the power to declare a politician ineligible. He will still have to win a Republican primary that promises to be bloody.
An announcement in a “position of weakness”
When he chose Tuesday's date, Donald Trump thought he was riding a Republican wave during the midterms, and claiming to be the main architect. But despite record inflation and an unpopular Joe Biden, conservatives are expected to have a slim majority; from four or five seats to the Chamber, and failed; to take over the Senate. Worse, the foals of Donald Trump who had made a so-called “stolen”election” the heart of their campaign were failed in the swing states, notably in Pennsylvania, Nevada and even Arizona, where Kari Lake has bowed for the governorship.
At the same time, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, hailed by Rupert Murdoch as “ the future” of the Republicans, was re-elected in an armchair. A victory that catapulted him ahead of Donald Trump in view of the primaries, with the support of 41% of Republicans, against 39% in the former president, according to a YouGov poll.
DeSantis is far from the only one have ambitions. Mike Pence, who publishes his memoirs, accuses Donald Trump of “endangering (his) family” during the storming of the Capitol, Liz Cheney, the nemesis of the ex-president, the former head of the CIA Mike Pompeo, the former ambassador of the United States to UN Nikki Haley or African-American South Carolina Senator Tim Scott could also get started. Chris Sununu, the moderate governor of New Hampshire, was the first to Attacking Donald Trump’s early announcement on Tuesday night: “I’s not even sure he’s the favorite (after the midterms). He launches from a position of weakness.” Be careful though to don't underestimate Donald Trump. In 2016, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Marco Rubio learned it from their lives. their costs.