Despite how high the temperatures are already, the summer of 2022 is going to get hotter.
Domestically, gas prices are at historic highs, inflation is at 9%, a level unseen in 40 years, and our neglected southern border has a welcome sign that says, “We don’t care if you cross illegally.”
Internationally, the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine is producing historic food shortages, the U.S. dollar risks being supplanted by the Chinese yuan as the reserve currency, and the once-proud and energy-independent United States of America is begging Iran, Venezuela and OPEC for petroleum that can be produced domestically. President Joe Biden, aka the “gaffe factory,” has transformed our robust nation into a three-ring circus.
It would be reasonable to anticipate that Democrats would act quickly and effectively to both domestic and international issues given the crucial midterm elections looming large. Respond they did — with an all-but partisan January 6th committee, making history as America’s first congressional kangaroo court. It is evident that the January 6th committee’s aim is to hurl everything at the wall and hope something sticks. This is a sheer act of desperation by Democrats, who are signaling that they have given up on their capacity to beat Republicans in the midterms on their own accomplishments while in the majority in both the House and Senate. The Democrats’ most consistent message to the American people, who have to choose between buying groceries or filling up the tank is a resounding “drop dead.”
The Democrats are floundering. According to a recent poll by the New York Times/Siena College, a majority of Democratic primary voters (64%) would rather see the party pick someone other than Biden for the 2024 race. Another statistical body blow to the Democrats comes from a June 1–20, 2022 Gallup survey, which shows that just 16% of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job, while 82% disapprove. These poll results paint a very bleak picture for a Democratic victory in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential election. When there’s blood in the water, sharks will swarm, and in the world of politics, the biggest shark is former President Donald Trump.
With a war chest of more than $100 million, a large, energized base that flocks to Save America Trump rallies, and several electoral wins for Trump-backed Republican candidates, the former president is in a very good position to push the GOP to victory in 2022. However, nothing will shake up stumbling Democrats and political opponents in his own party more than the announcement of a presidential run in 2024. Trump told New York Magazine, “I’ve already made that choice” regarding 2024.
Trump should make his candidacy for the 2024 election known this summer. The numerous Republican candidates in the midterm elections will receive a huge boost from Trump’s visibility as the party’s leader. The morale of the candidates will be lifted by large-scale Trump rallies. Early data from congressional and gubernatorial races in critical battleground states will allow the Trump campaign to pinpoint initiatives and observe what works in real time. Efforts made at the grass-roots level to aid midterm candidates will, in turn, help Trump garner more of the support crucial to his eventual success in securing the Republican nomination.
It’s not necessary for Trump to campaign on the slogan “Save America” or “Make America Great Again” to be a strong contender in 2024; “Do You Like $5 Gas?” would do just fine. The summer of 2022 is a prime time for Donald Trump to make his presidential campaign announcement.
Rasheed Walters is an entrepreneur, political commentator and historian. He resides in Boston. Follow him on Twitter @rasheednwalters.