“I announce my candidacy”: Trump re-enters the race for the White House

Donald Trump embarked on the race for the White House on Tuesday, launching a campaign towards 2024 that promises to be merciless in his Republican camp, bruised and divided by the disappointment of the recent elections.

“I am announcing my candidacy for the presidential election,” declared the 76-year-old former president, to thunderous applause from activists gathered in the large reception hall of his luxurious residence in Mar-a-Lago, in Florida.

Promising an America “back”, Donald Trump painted an idyllic picture of his first term, evoking a country at peace, prosperous and respected on the international scene.

Conversely, the former head of state, wearing his traditional red tie, did not have words harsh enough to denounce the record of his successor, Democrat Joe Biden.

A country plunged into violence and crime, where soaring prices are strangling American households, where “millions” of illegal immigrants cross the border with Mexico, he was indignant in front of a row of American flags.

“Joe Biden embodies the failures of the left and of Washington’s corruption,” accused the ex-businessman in his pugnacious speech, lasting just over an hour.

The Democratic president “is leading us to the brink of nuclear war”, he also said, referring to American support for Ukraine.

“In two years, the Biden administration has destroyed the American economy”, also launched the Republican billionaire. “With a win, we will build the best economy ever again.”

“The blood-paved streets of our once-grand cities are cesspools of violent crime,” he said, vowing to “restore and secure America’s borders.”

Moments earlier, Donald Trump had filed his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election with US electoral authorities, a first official step.

“This is not going to be my campaign, this is going to be our campaign,” he promised his supporters, seated on gilded chairs. He repeated to them his desire to “clean out the backwater” of Washington, according to his established formula to designate the hated elites of the federal capital.

No “giant wave”

This new candidacy is the third of the septuagenarian to the White House.

Coming to power in November 2016 by creating the greatest modern political surprise, Donald Trump had flouted all customs during his presidency. He left Washington in chaos after failing to win re-election to Joe Biden — a defeat he never acknowledged.

It also foreshadows a possible remake of the 2020 presidential election: President Biden recently reaffirmed his “intention” to run for a second term.

The reaction of the Democratic leader to the announcement of his rival was also not long in coming: “Trump has let America down”, rebuked Joe Biden, traveling to Indonesia.

Rumors have been rife in recent weeks about an imminent announcement by Donald Trump, the ex-president then determined to ride on the anticipated success of the Republicans in the November 8 election to regain power.

But the “giant wave” predicted with great aplomb by the conservatives has not materialized, far from it.

The more than mixed performance of the Republican camp, in particular from candidates dubbed by Donald Trump, has tarnished the reputation of the kingmaker of the tribune.

Several influential voices in the conservative camp have also called on the real estate magnate to step aside from the Republican leadership, casting a shadow over his presidential projects.

fierce battle

Part of the conservative nebula has already turned to another possible contender for the White House and resident of Florida: its governor, Ron DeSantis. The 40-year-old, new star of the hard right, who is coming out stronger from the mid-term elections, assured that his fight “was only just beginning”.

Donald Trump’s former vice-president, Mike Pence, his ex-head of diplomacy, Mike Pompeo, the governor of Virginia, Glenn Youngkin… the battle for the Republican nomination promises to be bitter.

But Donald Trump retains undeniable popularity with his base for the moment. The majority of polls still give him the winner of a Republican primary.

One obstacle, however, could complicate Donald Trump’s ascent to the White House: his numerous legal troubles, which could end up disqualifying him.

The former president is the target of several investigations for his role in the attack on the headquarters of Congress on January 6, 2021 or his management of the White House archives.

“I am a victim”, lamented Donald Trump in front of his supporters.

Relying on an “instinct” always put forward, the tribune, whose fall has been announced a thousand times, has however survived all the scandals so far. As if, by dint of accumulation, they no longer had any effect on him.

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