In spite of having filed paperwork and made a media announcement, there are still no signs that Donald Trump actually intends to run for President in 2024. He hasn’t bothered to hire a campaign manager. Half his family skipped the announcement. No followup events. He still hasn’t bothered to return to Twitter, days after having been invited back. He’s still just pretending he’s going to run in 2024.
The media has blown this story so badly, and so intentionally. Trump is not “running for President in 2024” any more than I would be “running for President in 2024” if I filed papers and made an announcement to the media. As a reminder, the current year is 2022. November of 2024 is nearly three Christmases away.
The idea that anyone could announce in 2022 that they’re running for President in 2024, and have the media turn around and report it as if that person is actually running for President in 2024, is absurd. The media just has no business framing things in that way. Given how little effort Trump has made to even sell the notion that he’s supposedly running, it’s even more embarrassing. And given that Trump is so obviously only pretending to run for President as a way of distracting from impending federal criminal charges, the media’s willful misreporting of this story is beyond the pale.
It’s taken all of six days for the narrative about Donald Trump’s supposed “2024 presidential campaign” to start falling apart. Yet the media is still largely pretending to be confused about why Trump isn’t hiring a campaign manager, or why prominent members of his family aren’t bothering to participate in the charade. Gee whiz, if only there were an explanation for why it’s starting to look like – shocker – Trump isn’t actually running for anything.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report