Richard Hanania, the president and founder of the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology, told Hill.TV that he expects former President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney calls Greene’s comments on House mask policy ‘evil lunacy’ Amash warns of turning lawmakers like Cheney into ‘heroes’ Karen Pence confirms move back to Indiana: ‘No place like home’ MORE to be the Republican nominee for president in 2024.
Hanania said that while political observers have consistently predicted the end of Trump’s political career — from criticizing the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainWhy Republican politicians are sticking with Trump 9/11 commissioners slam GOP for rejecting Jan. 6 commission Cindy McCain says GOP has ‘lost its way’ MORE (R-Ariz.) for being captured during the Vietnam War to his involvement in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol — the party has stuck with him, making the former president seemingly more in control of the party than ever.
“The question becomes: What’s going to happen between now and 2024?” he said. “People say a lot can happen in three years – a lot has happened in the last six years, and nothing has ever changed.”
Hanania said no other potential GOP candidate has emerged as a clear second place holder to Trump in early 2024 election polls. A single candidate could rival Trump, however, if they are the main alternative and can consolidate support, avoiding a field divided among more than 10 other candidates like in 2016, Hanania added.
Running again, and possibly winning, would fulfill Trump’s craving for attention, Hanania went on to say, arguing that Trump likely wants more attention than what he’s getting from living at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
“I can’t believe that this man, who we think his entire world revolves around being the center of the world’s attention, is happy with that and won’t take another run at the presidency. It’s just hard to see,” Hanania said.