- Donald Trump is considering hosting a campaign event for a 2024 presidential bid in January, the Daily Beast reported.
- The event might fall on the same day as President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
- The Daily Beast, citing sources close to the president, reported that Trump is attempting to stay relevant even as the world prepares for a Biden administration.
- The discussions of a 2024 campaign event mark the latest move in Trump’s attempt to derail the start of Biden’s presidency.
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Donald Trump is reportedly considering hosting a campaign event for a 2024 presidential bid to take place on Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day.
The Daily Beast, citing sources familiar with conversations about a possible 2024 run, reported that Trump is strategizing ways to remain relevant even after he steps down from the presidency. The conversations revolve around launching a run for president again in four years after Biden’s first term will have neared an end.
It would be an “unprecedented” decision to host a campaign event on the day of Biden’s inauguration, according to Carl Tobias, University of Richmond law professor.
“No one who has lost a race for President has ever announced the intent to run 4 years later on the day that the victor is sworn in,” Tobias told Business Insider in an emailed statement.
Earlier this month, Trump had floated the possibility of a 2024 run, telling aides he might announce his candidacy as soon as the end of December.
The discussions are emblematic of Trump’s efforts to continue to derail Biden’s presidency.
Biden won the presidency weeks ago, but Trump has repeatedly refused to concede. At one point, he appeared to concede the results and acknowledge Biden’s victory, but he quickly walked back those comments, saying “I concede NOTHING.”
Those close to Trump, including Vice President Mike Pence, have tried to perpetuate the false notion that the administration will remain in place for another full term. Others like his daughter Ivanka and wife Melania have urged him to accept the results.
Trump himself has launched a series of legal attacks to cast doubt on the election results. So far, he’s won none of them.
Additionally, the General Service Administration only days ago authorized the formal transition process to begin, weeks after Biden secured the title of president-elect.
Trump, upon the GSA announcement, said he had authorized administrator Emily Murphy to begin the transition to a Biden presidency.
“Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!” Trump tweeted. “Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.”
Biden, however, said days ago that he has not yet heard from Trump.
“I believe that his chief of staff and my chief of staff have spoken, but no, I have not heard anything from President Trump,” Biden said.
But the former vice president has begun to receive details and information from national security officials and coronavirus task force members, he said.
Neither the Trump 2020 campaign nor Biden’s transition team immediately returned a request for comment from Business Insider.