This afternoon a rumor started to circulate among Republicans…..
Then it got out in the media….
Donald Trump would annouce he WAS running for President AGAIN!...
Phones began ringing OFF THE HOOK…..
Republicans calling to get ‘their’ party LEADER to NOT DO THAT NOT MATTER WHAT!
The remarks prompting a chain of phone calls from party leaders who have tried for months to keep Trump from announcing until after the midterms. Some of his advisers began communicating to others Monday that efforts needed to be made to talk him out of announcing, two of these people said, while other advisers were egging him on to jump in.
Come Monday night, Trump didn’t spring any special announcement. Speaking outside Dayton to a crowd that the Secret Service counted at 9,300, Trump reached the part of his speech when he usually hints at running again, but said nothing less than he has let on in other recent speeches.
Trump is known for attempts to build suspense, and he often vacillates on decisions after taking significant input from advisers. He also likes to float different theories and different plans to different advisers.
Party leaders feared announcing Monday would gin up Democratic turnout, particularly in razor-thin Senate races where the control of the chamber is in the balance.
But Trump has been determined in recent weeks to get credit for the midterm results should Republicans do well, and according to advisers, he has grown frustrated watching the large crowds and energy for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, whom he views as a threat for the 2024 nomination. He has also watched as some would-be rivals have grown increasingly aggressive about running in 2024, and wants to force people to support him, advisers say….
Part of Trump’s urgency comes from wanting to get ahead of a potential indictment, the logic being that a declared candidacy makes a prosecution look more political. He is under investigation in two federal probes: one into the efforts to block certification of the 2020 electoral college results and another into the mishandling of classified documents brought to Mar-a-Lago. The Justice Department’s customary freeze on overt steps that could be seen as influencing an election expires when the polls close Tuesday.
Trump also faces an ongoing investigation from a prosecutor in Atlanta into his pressure on Georgia officials to override the state’s popular vote for president in 2020.
Republicans said they feared his announcement could backfire by motivating Democratic turnout on Election Day.
“It’s very obvious he can’t wait to announce,” retiring Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.) said in an interview. “It’s a very bad idea for him to do that [tonight] because Republican prospects are best if this election is about the failing presidency of Joe Biden … to the extent he makes it about himself then that makes it a little harder.”….