Trump’s Post Presidency


Fernando Sanchez, Reporter

Donald Trump has been one of the most polarizing figures in the nation’s history and is set to leave office on January 20, 2021. Although Trump may be leaving office, he will not leave the political scene any time soon. Trump has suggested that he intends on running in the 2024 election. In the 2020 election, Trump received over 74 million votes, the most received for any candidate in history, second only to President-Elect Joe Biden.Trump has caused major damage to the Republican party, handing Democrats complete control of the Executive and Legislative Branches. Donald Trump’s political future is seemingly done for, but if we’ve learned anything from these four years, it is that unprecedented times call for unpredictable events.

In 2013, Trump started introducing early versions of his famous “Make America Great Again” slogan. He also teased about running for president several times before then. Trump is clearly giving the same signs he did in previous years;however with the insurrection that occurred on January 6, 2021, many Republicans have started to turn on President Trump. Many outspoken critics of President Trump including Rep. Liz Cheney and Sen. Lisa Murkowski have called for Trump to resign and have said that they would support impeachment. In 2019 when Trump was facing impeachment for the first time, only one Republican member of Congress voted to impeach him. Now it seems that some Republicans are ready to move on. If Trump were to run in 2024, he would likely face several primary challengers.

Trump may have single handedly broken the Republican Party into two different parties. In 2016 Trump faced many critical opponents, yet in 2020, many of them have become his most loyal allies. Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley voted to reject the certification of the electoral college even after the deadly insurrection that resulted in 5 deaths. These senators knew that there was no possible way to overturn the election; however, they kept their allegiance to an outgoing president. The 2024 Republican primaries will likely be a fight between traditional Republicans and Pro-Trump Republicans. Although there is a possibility that Trump may leave politics,his ideology will continue to influence future Republican politicians.

Trump’s Presidency will soon come to end,but we have definitely not seen the end of him or his extreme views. Trump, now being the first president to be impeached twice could damage his chances to return to the White House. Donald Trump may never leave the Republican Party as his ideas are popular with the everyday republican voter. Trump will continue to fuel the fires of the America First vs. The traditional Republicans. Donald Trump will be sure to keep us waiting on what he plans to do next.