Rep. Jim Jordan made a stunning prediction about a potential 2024 bid by former President Donald Trump, noting that the 45th commander-in-chief has proven he has the mettle to withstand whatever Washington, D.C., throws at him.
“I think he’s gonna run,” Jordan said in a clip released by Undercurrent TV journalist Lauren Windsor during an event in Iowa for the Dallas County Republican Party, according to the Des Moines Register.
“You think so?” another person in the conversation is heard saying.
“I know so, yeah, I talked to him yesterday,” Jordan added. “He’s about ready to announce after all of this craziness in Afghanistan.”
“I want him to run,” Jordan continued. “He’s proven he can take the heat.
“We’re at a moment now where you’ve got to have someone who’s willing to fight, willing to stand up to all the abuses,” he added.
Jordan was one of 147 House Republicans to vote against certifying President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. In his speech to the crowd in Iowa, he said he is proud of the controversy over his decision.
“Like I tell my colleagues, particularly the guys in the Freedom Caucus, if the press isn’t saying something bad about you, you’re not doing anything good,” he said.
“Just getting involved in supporting conservative values and principles, you’re going to get attacked by the cancel culture mob.”
Other Republicans including retiring Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, however, have not supported another run by Trump because he refused to concede his apparent loss to Biden.
But supporters point out that 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton also didn’t fully concede her loss to Trump, clinging instead to the unsubstantiated claim that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia against her.
Former Trump adviser Jason Miller, the co-founder of the GETTR social media platform, also said he believes the former president will run again.
“I would say somewhere between 99 and 100%. I think he is definitely running in 2024,” he told Cheddar TV’s, J.D. Durkin.
Thus far, Trump himself has been elusive regarding his plans for 2024. In a recent interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Trump blamed current campaign finance laws for not being able to be more definite yet about his plans.
“As the campaign finance laws are extremely complicated and unbelievably stupid, I’m actually not allowed to answer that question, can you believe it?” he said.
“I’d love to answer [the question]. But let me put it this way, I think you’ll be happy and I think a lot of our friends will be very happy.
“But I’m not actually allowed to answer it, it makes things very difficult if I do,” he added.
Trump made similar comments in an interview with Fox Business Network host Maria Bartiromo.
“If I tell you that a whole host of things happens which are bad,” said the former president.
“I can’t tell you. I can tell you this: I love our country. You are going to be very happy,” he added.
The regulations Trump is citing include disclosure requirements and strict spending rules, according to Breitbart News.
“Trump’s political action committee – Save America PAC – allows him to spend the hundreds of millions of dollars that he raised after the election for political activities but not on an official presidential campaign,” the outlet reported.
“If Trump officially announced a run for the White House, he would face strict rules requiring him to share details of his personal finances as well as stricter limits on donations and spending,” the news site added.
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