As Donald Trump continues to insist that he actually won the 2020 presidential election, speculation has grown about how the president will spend the next four years. Trump’s political future isn’t over, even if he did become the first president to lose re-election since 1992.
Trump is a notoriously prickly man who can make three different decisions on one topic in a span of an hour. Not even his closest advisers and family members know what he is going to do after vacating the White House in about two months. Trump is reportedly mulling a 2024 presidential run to avenge a loss he considers fraudulent; one campaign adviser told the Washington Post this weekend that Trump could make an announcement in as soon as three weeks time. Alternatively, he could go back to New York and keep himself busy running the family business. A national speaking circuit for millions of dollars is on the table as well, as is a memoir about his four years in the Oval Office.
Regardless of his post-presidency plans, Donald Trump will remain the single-most popular individual in the Republican party for at least the next four years. While he may have lost his bid for re-election, he also won over 73 million Americans – 10 million more than he received in 2016. Trump received more votes than any other Republican presidential nominee in U.S. history; more than Richard Nixon’s 1972 stomper against George McGovern and more than Ronald Reagan’s 1984 victory over Walter Mondale. Notwithstanding his dumpster-fire policy on the coronavirus (which perhaps can be best described as wishing the virus away and, barring that, creating an alternative reality about his so-called success), Trump’s job approval rating among his fellow Republicans is an astounding 95 per cent.