Maggie Haberman, a New York Times writer and Donald Trump biographer, says the former president “had to run” for President again in 2024 because “he backed himself into a corner,” hypothesizing he would do so to insulate himself from all of the legal difficulties he is presently experiencing.
She also stated that most people in Trump’s orbit believe he will run for president again, but “many of them feel his heart isn’t fully in it.”
“Now, those two things are not mutually exclusive. You can run and have your heart not be in it. However, we have seen with other people who run when their heart isn’t in it, voters actually can tell you it has an impact on how you run,” Haberman claimed.
Haberman went on to call Trump’s likely 3rd run for the Presidency, a run which may or may not occur while he is under indictment, “an unprecedented situation.”
Haberman, who has carefully followed the former president both before and after his presidency, also told The New York Times that she believes he is “less engaged,” but still craves the power of the job.
Perhaps the most surprising remark made by Haberman however, was her claim that while Trump is likely to run for President once again, in her view it is also likely that he may not finish out the campaign.
“I think that he needs the protections that running for president, he thinks, would afford him in combating investigations that he calls a ‘witch hunt.’ And it is the way that he fundraises and makes money. So much of his identity now is about being a politician. So I expect that he will run. That doesn’t mean that even if he declares a candidacy that he will stay in the whole time.” She said.
If Haberman’s predictions turn out to be correct and he runs for President once again but chooses at some point to drop out, it may be music to the ears to likely GOP rivals like Ron DeSantis who may take advantage of the situation to advance their own presidential prospects.