Former President Donald Trump slammed the New York Times for reporting he could announce his 2024 candidacy for president as soon as Independence Day.
Trump came out swinging Saturday morning in the wake of media proclamations that “Republicans are bracing” for his move. The Times declared that the former president would make the early bid to shield himself from “damaging revelations” coming from the Jan. 6 committee.
The paper cited some of Trump’s selections losing recent primary elections as motivation for him to plant his flag as head of the GOP.
The Times reported that Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel believes he should wait until after November’s midterms. She reportedly worries that an early start for his campaigning may overshadow the party’s messaging for November.
That is hardly a unanimous verdict as others urge Trump to make his announcement soon. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is one prominent GOP leader who believes that putting his agenda and successes against the current climate is “key to him being successful.”
On his Truth Social platform, Trump blasted the “fake news media” for claiming he will announce soon due to failed endorsements. Trump countered with “12 wins & zero losses this week, 33 & 0 in Texas, 132 & 7 this cycle.”
Liberal media outlet CNN also ran with the claim that sources tell the network Trump will announce possibly this month. The network said he intends to “clear the field” and see who would dare to throw their hat into the ring against him.
CNN said Saturday that Trump’s advisers were blindsided by hints of an early bid. It claimed there are now frantic efforts underway to organize a campaign structure. The network also purported that Trump wants to take advantage of President Joe Biden’s dreary approval numbers.
There is, however, a major reason for Trump to hold off on announcing a bid for 2024. Campaign finance laws prevent him from accessing his political action committee war chest, which reportedly holds $100 million, after his intentions become official.
Whatever the timing of Trump’s announcement — whether affirmative or negative — one thing is certain. Neither the New York Times nor CNN are impartial observers, and the former president knows well that there is an agenda behind their stories relating to him.