It is also known for being “first in the nation” when it comes to the primary process that determines the candidates who will run in general elections each election year.
That’s why anyone with the slightest intention of running to the White House will find an excuse to visit Iowa to test the waters long before the race even begins.
And folks, last weekend Donald Trump went to Iowa for a rally.
You are all extremely familiar with the blink-blink-blink-nudge-nudge game that Trump has played to announce his 2024 intentions so far, but on the scale of subtlety, this was the rally at the end of the spectrum’s Flaming Hot Cheeto Funnel Cake.
That includes Senator Chuck Grassley, who grinned as he accepted the former president’s approval to run for re-election in 2022 at the rally. If you want a reminder of how long nine months are in politics, after the riots on January 6, Grassley said this in a statement:
“He [Trump] belittled and harassed elected officials across the country to get their way. He encouraged his own loyal vice president, Mike Pence, to take extraordinary and constitutional action on behalf of the Electoral College.
Apart from that, the former president revealed that if he ran (blink-blink-push-push), he would already have a slogan ready.
Trump’s current “I run but I do not say officially” position makes life … at best difficult … for other Republicans’ slate who thought they would take a turn in the White House when their first presidency was convincingly exhausted by American voters at last election.
A challenger who has not kissed the ring at Mar-A-Lago is a former Trump ally-Chris Christie.
He told a podcast he “does not intend to postpone to anyone” when he decides to run or not, and in a speech in September at the Ronald Reagan Library where he spoke of “where we must go as a party if we are to win back the voters we obviously lost in 2020”.
“We must stop wasting our time, our energy and our credibility on statements that will never, ever convince anyone of anything,” In Christie.
“Pretending we won when we lost is a waste of time and energy and credibility.”
The former president did not listen. At his rally in Iowa, Trump proposed his strategy to help the Republicans in the middle term and a (blink-blink-nudge-nudge) potential comeback in 2024 is to talk about … the 2020 election.
Press secretary Jen Psaki said there was “no doubt” that the pandemic weighed on the president’s approval.
It’s a problem for Biden just as it was a problem for his predecessor. Trying to fix the pandemic was once described to me as turning on an aircraft carrier – no matter how hard you try, it will not turn around quickly.
The difference is that Biden has just over a year left until voters go to the polls, but Donald Trump only had a few months.
Democrats who will soon begin their re-election campaigns in earnest will soon hope that the president has already started turning that wheel.
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If you, like most of the planet, have enjoyed the Netflix smash hit Squid Game, you can partly thank former President Donald Trump.
IN an interview with IndieWire, the show’s creator Hwang Dong-hyuk talked about the process of getting the show done, even though he had ideas for it as far back as 2008.
Among other things, the emergence of IT giants and young people investing their money in cryptocurrency, Dong-hyuk said that Donald Trump’s presidency convinced him that now was the right time to finally release his passion project to the world.
Spoilers for Squid Game will follow if you have not seen it.
In the same interview, the creator said that there were no plans for a sequel yet. But as you now know, Trump has not yet confirmed whether he will run in 2024 as well.