More than 18 months after leaving the White House, Donald Trump continues to dominate the American political scene. Will he run for a second term in 2024, and if so, can Republicans find a credible candidate to challenge him for the nomination? Even if he gets it, do the American electorate really want to see Mr Trump as president again given recent revelations about his alleged complicity in mob efforts to overturn the results of the last election by storming the Capitol building?
Mr Trump is rarely out of the news and the revelation that the FBI raided his Florida home is guaranteed to ensure he stays in the headlines. He said his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach was “occupied” by FBI agents investigating the former president’s handling of classified documents. They opened a safe and took away several boxes.
He exploited the case for all it was worth. “These are dark times for our nation. Nothing like this has ever happened to a president of the United States before,” he asserts. But the country has never had a head of state like Mr. Trump before.While most people whose homes are raided by law enforcement officers may appear contrite or forcefully declare their innocence, for Mr. Trump, this is an opportunity to play the victim of the forces. conspirators.
Senior Republicans lined up in support of the former president just when his power base appeared to be shrinking. In a deeply divided nation, it’s easy to describe the raid as the politicization of the FBI by Joe Biden’s Democratic administration. If charges are not brought, Mr. Trump will put on the mantle of martyrdom and may well enter the race for the nomination. If the investigation was politically motivated, it may have gone awry.