Trump’s new role model is Grover Cleveland.
On the day that President Grover Cleveland left the White House after losing his bid for re-election, his wife, Frances, told the staff to take care of the mansion. “I want to find everything just as it is now when we come back again,” she said. “We are coming back just four years from today.” And they did.
Nearly 128 years after the Clevelands’ triumphal comeback, President Trump is signaling that he may try to become only the second president in American history to win another term after being defeated. Even as he insists that he did not lose the 2020 election, Mr. Trump has been laying plans to run again in 2024 with a kickoff as early as this month or possibly on his successor’s Inauguration Day.
If Trump runs in 2024 — and there’s every indication he will — he would throw a huge turd in the punch bowl for the rest of the GOP aspirants such as Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, and Josh Hawley, all of them who represent some element of Trumpism, be it snotty behavior, warmongering, evangelical Christian nutsery, and racism. Their only hope is that Trump is under indictment to clear the field, but even then, it’s unlikely that would dissuade him. Trump would wipe them out and then lead the party again down the abyss of another defeat since Trump has yet to crack 47% of the popular vote. So, by all means emulate Mr. Cleveland.
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