Why Is Trump’s 2024 White House Bid Controversial?
- Former President Trump announced Tuesday night that he will seek the Republican candidacy in 2024. Trump set up a fundraising account minutes before his 9 p.m. statement from Mar-a-Lago.
- Trump initially beat Hillary Clinton in 2016. If he’s reelected, he’ll be the second president to reclaim the White House after being removed, after Grover Cleveland in 1892. Trump would be the 45th and 47th president.
- The former president is being probed for his actions before and during the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol and for keeping confidential materials at Mar-a-Lago after leaving office.
- To the delight of aides and allies who have encouraged him to run a forward-looking campaign, he spent only a portion of his remarks reiterating 2020 electoral lies.
- He criticized paper ballots and compared America’s electoral system to “third-world countries.” Trump made it plain that he wants Republicans to view his campaign as a sacrifice.
- Trump was impeached in 2019 and 2021 for abusing power and obstructing justice. 10 House Republicans broke with their party the second time to vote to impeach him. Seven Republican senators voted to convict him.
- The 22nd Amendment states, “No individual shall be elected to the office of President more than twice, and no person who has held or acted as President for more than two years during a term to which another person was elected President shall be elected to the office of President more than once.”