It’s Official! Trump’s 2024 Challenger Just Announced He’s Running

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As 2023 begins, the 2024 presidential election looms ahead. So far, former President Donald Trump has been the only Republican to announce their candidacy for 2024, and the favored Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is widely expected to run. Now other Republicans are making their intentions known.

Last month, Donald Trump’s ex-national security adviser John Bolton teased a White House bid and lashed out at Trump over his attack on the Constitution.

He said he would have to join the 2024 presidential race if other Republicans did not step up and condemn the former president for trying to get rid of the Constitution to ensure no ‘election fraud’ reoccurs, despite no evidence the 2020 vote was ‘stolen’. He told NBC’s Kristen Welker on Meet the Press Now: ‘I think to be a presidential candidate, you can’t simply say I support the Constitution you have to say I would oppose people who would undercut it.

‘I’d like to see Shermanesque statements from all the potential candidates. If I don’t see that then I’m going to seriously consider getting in.’ Bolton said: ‘I think the voters, the Republican voters, people who choose the Republican nominee, nearly 95 percent disagree that Donald Trump is more important than the Constitution. ‘What does a candidate have to lose by appealing to 95 percent of the base of the Republican Party?’ he argued.

Former President Trump has previously immediately answered those who misunderstood his statement about the Constitution, clarifying that he is not against the U.S. Constitution, and in fact is in support of it.

Now with the midterms and holidays behind him, Bolton has revealed he will stand against his former boss in the 2024 election. The veteran foreign policy hawk, who was branded Mr. Tough Guy by Trump, said his White House campaign will focus on being tougher on China and Russia, Daily Mail reports.

The 74-year-old already has his Republican ticket rival in his sights, saying support for his MAGA policies is in ‘terminal decline’. The veteran foreign policy hawk, who was branded Mr. Tough Guy by Trump, said his White House campaign will focus on being tougher on China and Russia. ‘I think it’s important that it’s understood not just in Moscow, but it’s understood in places like Beijing, that unprovoked aggression against your neighbors is not something the United States and its allies will tolerate.’

Bolton has been a fixture of Republican administrations for decades, serving as Ronald Reagan’s assistant attorney general, assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs under George H. W. Bush, and multiple roles under George W. Bush. He served as under secretary of state for arms control and international security affairs from 2001 to 2005, then was appointed US ambassador to the UN, while also campaigning for the Iraq War as director of the Project for the New American Century.

Under Trump, he served from April 2018 to September 2019 as national security adviser, two years after he was overlooked as a potential secretary of state because the GOP president ‘didn’t like his moustache’, insiders said. The pair later clashed over foreign policy views on Iran and Afghanistan, and Trump tweeted on September 9 that his ‘services are no longer needed’ due to their ‘many’ disagreements. Bolton refuted this version of events, saying he offered to resign, Daily Mail notes.

Bolton is discounting Trump’s position within the Republican party, and has been making shocking claims about both himself and the former president.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain today, Bolton said: ‘I think Trump’s support within the party itself is in terminal decline. ‘I wouldn’t run as a vanity candidate. If I didn’t think I could run seriously then I wouldn’t get in the race.’

After his acrimonious White House exit in 2019, Bolton wrote a best-selling book about his tenure, The Room Where It Happened. It featured bombshell claims that Trump saw ‘obstruction of justice as a way of life’ and withdrew criminal probes as ‘personal favors’ to certain dictators he liked.

He encouraged GOP leaders to speak out. ‘I actually think most Republican elected officials in Washington disagree with Trump on this, but they’re intimidated,’ he said. ‘This is the time where there’s strength in numbers. The more people who tell the truth, the easier it is for everybody else.’

Last year, Bolton made the astonishing admission that he had helped stage coups in other countries.

The Republican made the astonishing admission in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper as he denied claims that the January 6 riot was an attempted coup-d’etat. ‘It’s not an attack on our democracy,’ Bolton said of the Capitol riot. ‘It’s Donald Trump looking after Donald Trump. It’s a once in a lifetime occurrence.’ But Tapper countered his claims, noting: ‘One does not have to be brilliant to plan a coup.’ ‘I disagree with that as someone who helped plan coups d’etat, not here, but in other places, it takes a lot of work,’ Bolton responded in the episode of The Lead. ‘And that’s not what he did.’

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