All signs are pointing to former President Trump being even more “fired up” about running in 2024 following the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago earlier this week.
Representatives Jim Banks (R-IN) and Claudia Tenney (R-NY) were two of nearly a dozen members of the House Republican Study Committee who huddled with Trump at a New Jersey retreat earlier in the week. Both left with impressions on the 2024 presidential election.
Banks indicated that the FBI raid hadn’t dampened Trump’s spirits.
“He didn’t seem defeated in the least bit—he was very fired up, very upbeat,” he told Fox News.
Banks added that the incident seems to have accelerated the former President’s desire to announce a decision on a 2024 campaign and that “we are going to like his decision.”
Jim Banks says Trump was “FIRED UP” in meeting after FBI Raid, reveals he has already made a decision on 2024 pic.twitter.com/dScYvwMDRe
— Benny Johnson 🍊 (@bennyjohnson) August 10, 2022
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FBI Raid May Have Motivated Trump to Run in 2024 Even More
Rep. Claudia Tenney also seemed to indicate Trump’s spirits were alive and well following the FBI raid.
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Tenney thanked the likely Republican nominee for his continued support and endorsement in her congressional district following her visit to Trump National Golf Club at Bedminster.
And if you thought he was down following the raid, she says best think again.
“Thrilled to report he’s feeling better than ever despite the Democrats’ endless smears against him,” she wrote. “Trump 2024!”
Great to be back in Bedminster for dinner with President Trump tonight!
I am grateful for his continued support and endorsement for #NY24.
Thrilled to report he’s feeling better than ever despite the Democrats’ endless smears against him. Trump 2024! pic.twitter.com/cQwDUj5MWa
— Claudia Tenney (@claudiatenney) August 10, 2022
Tenney, in an interview on Real America’s Voice, said the actions taken by the FBI and DOJ amounted to the “fourth impeachment” of President Trump.
“They’re going to try to attempt to stop him from running for president,” Tenney said. “And that’s really what it’s about. Because they’re afraid he will get out there and he will run and he will win.”
The raid on Mar-a-lago is the 4th “Impeachment” show trial. https://t.co/vOGbCOmqjv
— Claudia Tenney (@claudiatenney) August 11, 2022
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When Will He Announce?
In a statement following the FBI raid, Trump himself concurred that the weaponization of the Justice Department was an attempt to stop him in 2024.
“It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024 …” he said.
Trump, as The Political Insider reported, had made up his “own mind” about running last month, though the timing of an official announcement was still up in the air.
Some had suggested committing to a run prior to the midterms might negatively affect races by stirring up Democrat turnout.
On Trump telling New York Magazine reporter he’s made his decision for 2024, @VaughnHillyard: “Essentially he lays out all but saying yes, that he is running. The big question is whether he does this before or after the midterm elections.” #AMRstaff
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) July 14, 2022
Banks, however, suggested Trump “enjoyed encouragement” from the House Republican Study Committee to “get the decision out sooner rather than later.”
“He only helps us win back more seats in November,” Banks insisted. “The Republican Party is bigger and stronger than ever before because of Donald Trump’s leadership.”
The former President does seem further motivated by the FBI raid, as do his supporters.
As is characteristic of his personality, Trump came out swinging immediately following this week’s events with an ad posted to his Truth Social media account.
“We are a nation that in many ways has become a joke,” Trump said in the ad. “But soon we will have greatness again.”
In it, he predicts that “the best is yet to come.”
Trump Drops MAJOR 2024 hint on Truth Social with new campaign ad HOURS after Deep State declares Political War on him in FBI Raid pic.twitter.com/5OAm3btLTB
— Benny Johnson 🍊 (@bennyjohnson) August 9, 2022
Becky Noble of The Political Insider notes that the FBI raid may have backfired on Democrats for 2024.
“If his enemies thought he was defeated,” she wrote, “they were wrong.”
Added Banks, “What happened at Mar-a-Lago unifies Republicans in our outrage … and we stand with President Trump.”
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