Donald Trump is not the type to fade quietly into the woodwork. Will he be running again? Could he become president again?

First published in September 2021.

My promise to myself was to stop blogging about former President Donald J. Trump because he is the, well, former president and really doesn’t matter anymore. But even after a significant (some would say landslide) loss last year, and the loss of his Twitter account, he’s not the type to fade quietly into the woodwork.

His elected people can’t let him fade because, well, they are trying to grab Trump’s still strong base of supporters. Who?

  • Cong. Matt Gaetz, for one, who is being investigated for obstruction of justice and paying for sex with a minor, who just said Trump will run again at the next election and who went on a country-wide tour with another Trumpie, Cong. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was stripped of her committee assignments for being nutso crazy. They went on that tour, that hasn’t been nationwide yet to build support with Trump voters.
  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott whose spur-of-the-moment response made national news when a reporter asked why the new Texas rape law eliminates rape and incest as legal exceptions for abortion. First, Abbott said it doesn’t eliminate them because, well, a woman does still have six weeks to decide to have a legal abortion (even though for at least four of those six weeks even the woman doesn’t necessarily know she’s pregnant). Then to boost his argument he said that he will eliminate rapists with strong law and order – in spite of the fact that there are more than 6,000 rape tests in Texas yet to be analyzed. Justice delayed.
  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis whose latest way of not ticking off the former president is to say that reports he is running for president in 2024 are “purely manufactured” and “nonsense” even though the world knows he’s running for president in 2024 but trying to not tick off the former president.

Meanwhile, the former president intends to spend the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack by providing color on the Evander Holyfrield vs Vitor Belfot boxing match that night, apparently wanting to reinforce that he still lacks empathy.

Is he running? No one really knows. He’s not one prone to keeping a secret though so I’m guessing he hasn’t yet made his mind up. But he does want to freeze the race as long as he can to stop anyone else from running officially.

My guess: He won’t run. He’s already lost one race and is batting 500 running for president and holds a unique place in history for being the only president to be impeached twice. Does he want to put his record in jeopardy?

Meantime, he is proudly watching as Republican state after Republican state passes legislation that will restrict certain non-Republican voting blocs from voting, which would make his winning a future race a bit more likely. This is in response to Trump’s lie that he actually won the last election but Democratic voter fraud stole it from him. Fact Check: well, you know.

For example, look at Texas in 2020. It’s like, you just can’t make this stuff up. Republican legislators in Texas passed and the governor signed what likely is the most restrictive voting law in the country. Why? They claim there was massive fraud in voting in 2020.

In fact, the Democrats inventing votes led to this result in Texas in 2020:

  • a 52-47% popular vote victory for Trump;
  • Republican incumbent U.S. Senator John Cornyn won reelection;
  • Republicans kept their majorities in the state house and state senate.

Damn Democrats and their voter fraud!!! Imagine if there had been no fraud!!! Oh.

If Donald Trump becomes president again, though, you need to think about what that will look like. He, of course, will be emboldened to run his second administration even more self-interestedly than his first.

Who will be in the Cabinet this time? Typically, Congress is one place presidents have pulled people to join their Cabinets. There, of course, is a certain percentage of those members he wouldn’t pick because he perceives them as enemies. And, Rex Tillerson, Trump’s first secretary of state, called his boss a “moron” which I’m guessing is not the greatest recommendation for other, competent business leaders to accept a cabinet post.

Honestly, I doubt even Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared, would sign up for another four years.

I could go on, but I promised myself. 


B. Jay Cooper, former deputy White House press secretary to Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.