If you ever look at the list of U.S. Presidents and see Grover Cleveland listed as the 22nd and 24th President, it’s not a typo. He lost reelection but then ran again four years later and won, making him the only U.S. President to serve two non-consecutive terms.
Earlier today Donald Trump announced plans for some kind of garden of heroes that includes a semi-random mish mosh of past and present American public figures. One of the people on the list is, you guessed it, Grover Cleveland.
It’s pretty clear that Grover Cleveland is on Trump’s mind because he’s hoping to run for President in 2024 and win. This notion may indeed be the only reason Trump is willing to leave office peacefully. But it’s a fantasy that’s not happening.
First, Donald Trump will be in prison long before 2024. Second, his approval rating is plummeting right now, and it’ll go even lower as more of his scandals surface once he’s out of office, and once the criminal charges start arriving. He won’t even be a remotely viable candidate in 2024. But just in case, the Senate is working to convict him next week, so he can be banned from ever running again. Trump isn’t getting his Grover Cleveland moment.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report