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Trump announces 2024 presidential candidacy

Former President Donald Trump announced on Nov. 15 that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.

“Our country is in a horrible state,” Trump said. “We’re in grave trouble. This is not a task for a politician or for a conventional candidate. This is a task for a great movement that embodies the courage, confidence and the spirit of the American people.”

Surrounded by allies, advisers and conservative influencers, Trump delivered a speech at his Mar-a-Lago club and home in Palm Beach, Florida. Despite a historically divisive presidency and his role in inciting an attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Trump aimed to evoke nostalgia for his time in office.

This announcement came a week after the 2022 midterm elections where Trump-backed Republican candidates didn’t perform well, allowing Democrats to retain control of the Senate. For the House of Representatives, Republicans are on the brink of control, though by a much smaller margin than they had hoped for.

Trump was preceded by over 200 candidates when filing for candidacy. President Joe Biden has indicated that he is entertaining the possibility of re-running in 2024, though he will announce his final decision in early 2023.


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