Donald Trump announced last Thursday he will host “many giant rallies” in the near future, as the former president begins his 2024 White House run.
“Making a big political speech today at TRUMP DORAL, in Miami. The Fake News says I am not campaigning very hard,” Trump posted to Truth Social.
Trump is responding to allegations that he had done very little to move his campaign forward since announcing his 2024 bid. As Politico reports, “Trump has not held any of his trademark rallies since the end of the midterm election – prompting chatter that he is starting the campaign in a state of political weakness, after a host of Republican-endorsed candidates fell short in the 2022 midterms.”
To these allegations, Trump replied, “I say they are stupid and corrupt, with the Election still a long time away. But do not fear, MANY GIANT RALLIES and other events coming up soon. It will all be wild and exciting. We will save our Country from DOOM and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
This comes after recent reporting indicated Trump would launch his first campaign event of 2023.
“Trump is slated to make an appearance in late January in Columbia, S.C. It will not be a rally, his advisers said, but will be a more ‘intimate' event where he will roll out his leadership operation in a state which hosts a key early Republican primary contest. Trump’s advisers are casting the plans as part of a gradual build-out of the former president’s campaign, following a relatively private month-and-a-half since a November launch that coincided with the holiday season,” Politico writes.
The reasons for Trump's relative muteness are clear. The election is still nearly two years away. Indeed, essentially no notable candidates have declared their candidacy outside of Trump. Other than attacking President Joe Biden (who is expected to announce his 2024 bid next month), it would be rhetorically useless for Trump to expend much energy on a campaign-style event. But Trump is preparing for a big year and that's the last thing the radical Democratic Party wants to hear.