The Trump team’s Sunday night fundraising came just days after the former president insisted Republicans “won’t vote” in the 2022 and 2024 midterm elections until that the alleged electoral fraud is “solved”.
Trump has repeatedly pushed the narrative that election fraud was at the root of his election defeat to Democrat Joe Biden in November 2020, despite no evidence to support that claim.
Several lawsuits alleging widespread fraud were dismissed in the weeks following the election after Trump’s lawyers failed to provide substantial evidence.
More recently, a manual recount in Maricopa County, Arizona, during an audit that ended in September found no evidence of massive voter fraud. Since the audit, which was funded largely by Trump supporters, the ex-president has turned his attention to the call for a review of the Pima County Arizona election results.
A message sent on behalf of Trump told supporters “we need at least $ 45 from EVERY Patriot reading this email” in order to “defend our election against the lying left and WIN BIG in 2022 and then again in 2024 ”.
Trump has yet to confirm whether or not he will run in 2024, despite much speculation; but, the former president has resumed holding campaign rallies in recent months, most recently speaking to crowds in Des Moines, Iowa, on October 9.
Any campaign is likely to result in high costs.
About $ 6.6 billion was spent on presidential candidates’ campaigns in 2020, more than the previous two presidential elections combined. For Team Trump, that included more than $ 8 million on merchandise such as MAGA hats.
The 75-year-old can still count on continued widespread support among Republicans, while Joe Biden’s recent struggles have led to a drop in the president’s approval rating.
Recent polls suggest Florida Governor Ron DeSantis may be in the best position to challenge Trump, if the two seek a White House race in 2024.
But David A. Bateman, associate professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University, previously said News week that any other Republican candidate would have a hard time challenging Trump.
“No one else has replicated Trump’s unique appeal. None of his imitators have the intimidating instinct and cruel wit that has enabled him not only to gain cover, but also to be seen as ‘telling it like it is’ through lies and insults. Said Bateman.
However, the professor warned that GOP voters could also be looking for a new face.
“In 2024, he will neither be a novelty like in 2016, nor an incumbent like in 2020. He will be a loser of the past, a president twice impeached,” said Bateman.
“It’s not an absurd argument to make to a mainstream GOP audience that they maybe need someone who can actually win more votes than the alternative. “