Political insider explains why Trump will end up running again in 2024
President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Phoenix, photo by Gage Skidmore.

Former president Donald Trump hasn't formally announced another White House campaign, but one political insider believes a 2024 run is inevitable.

James VandeHei, the co-founder and CEO of Axios and former executive editor and co-founder of Politico, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he believes the twice-impeached one-term president won't remain content to stand on the sidelines due to his iron grip on the Republican Party.

"One of his big weaknesses, and why he didn't do more with this presidency, [is] he's not an organizational guy," VandeHei said. "He is not thinking long-term strategy, it's all improvisation. Yes, he wants to lord over the Republican Party, but creating another party would be way too many resources and focus to pull off. He does what you see today. He will try to find platforms, whether it's Fox News, Parler, whatever he ends up using with time to weigh in and heckle Republicans who have turned on him, to air the grievances he has about different Republicans who have turned on him."

"My guess is he will endorse candidates to be a pain to the Republicans who are against him," he added. "Look at what he talks about in the press releases. He's obsessed with Liz Cheney, Mitch McConnell, anyone who voted for impeachment. He is just obsessed with anybody who is a Republican who doesn't love him."

VandeHei believes the former president will eventually grow tired of heckling and re-enter electoral politics.

"If he sits on the sidelines, does what he is doing, he probably gets stronger, not weaker, among Republicans as you drift away from Jan. 6, and if he were to decide to run, which I think he may run -- I know a lot of people think he won't," VandeiHei said. "But he is so addicted to the attention, being in the game, knows he has this massive base of support. I would not be surprised at all if he runs again. He knows it gives him the power of us talking about him and other people talking about him."


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