New York. Donald Trump, after leaving the White House after his defeat in the election last year, started singing the tune of trying his luck in the presidential election for the third time. But when the former president formally announced his candidacy this week, he unusually didn’t make it too grandiose. The former president did not make the announcement by rallying in a stadium, while such large events have been common in Trump’s public life. Trump’s Twitter account has just been restored, but with 87 million followers, there is peace here too.
Whereas about a decade ago, it was Twitter that helped in Trump’s political rise. Trump has not yet announced a tour of key states in order to become the Republican nominee in the presidential race, nor has he talked about interviews. Trump has not held a public event since his speech to announce his candidacy. Scott Reid, a senior Republican strategist, said, “With no announcement of his schedule yet,” referring to the Justice Department’s investigation into Trump’s handling of classified documents and efforts to influence the 2020 election. There is some surprise.
The question is whether he is actually running or whether this is a business development activity or an attempt to divert attention from the Justice Department’s activity. Said with the condition that Trump will soon speed up his activities. The former president, who has been projecting himself as the undisputed leader of the Republican Party since leaving the White House, is facing fierce criticism from within the party for his dismal performance in this month’s midterm elections.
Apart from this, some other Republicans are openly talking about joining the presidential election race on their behalf and making it clear that they will not stand aside leaving the way for Trump’s nomination. Meanwhile, legal pressure is increasing on Trump. Attorney General Merrick Garland last week appointed a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation into classified documents seized from the former president’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. This has also been done to monitor aspects of the separate investigation into the violence that took place on January 6, 2021 in the US Parliament House and influencing the 2020 election.