Headline RoundupJuly 16th, 2022

Trump Weighs Whether to Announce 2024 Presidential Bid Before Midterms Elections

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Former President Donald Trump said that it's a matter of when, not if, he'll formally announce a 2024 presidential run.

In an interview with New York Magazine (Left bias) published on Thursday, Trump said that his "big decision" is whether to announce his campaign before or after November's midterm elections. He went on to say that announcing his bid before the midterms could come with an advantage, preventing "a lot of people" from launching their own campaigns. "People want me to run,” Trump lauded. 

Two Trump advisers told the Washington Post (Lean Left bias) that the former president is eyeing September to go public with his decision, which the report's headline suggests could end up "potentially upending midterms." Some advisers fear that Trump could be blamed for unexpected GOP losses if he announces his third bid for the White House too soon. While many analysts across the spectrum expect Democrats to "suffer defeats" in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections — a common outcome for the party of the president — it's more unclear whether the Republicans will manage to reclaim the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Left-rated outlets emphasized how Trump's "lies about a stolen election" paired with his actions during the Capitol riot are damaging his popularity among Republicans. Right-rated outlets highlighted polls that suggest Trump would still beat other GOP candidates in 2024 presidential election matchups.

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