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The ballot counts may be looking increasingly grim for Donald Trump this year, but one former Trump staffer says that the 45th president may be the equivalent of the political undead.
Former acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney–and who currently serves as special envoy for Northern Ireland–has set up his boss for a potential situation that the nation hasn’t seen in more than 125 years.
Mulvaney envisions Trump trying again in 2024, much as Grover Cleveland did back in 1892.
Indeed, Cleveland is the only US president ever to have served two non-consecutive terms.
And, like today, Cleveland’s unique fate owed much to the vagaries of the Electoral College.
Although Cleveland won the popular vote in 1884, 1888, and 1892, he lost the Electoral College to Benjamin Harrison, by 233-168.
But, like the man who would become known as both the 22nd and 24th president of the United States, Mulvaney thinks that a Trump comeback is entirely possible.
“After this election is over, who is the leading Republican candidate for 2024? And I think now folks are starting to realize, ‘Wait a second. If Donald Trump loses, he might be the guy.’ And I am telling you, absolutely,” said the former White House chief of staff who served Trump in the Oval Office from January 2019 through March of this year. “I would absolutely expect the president to stay involved in politics and would absolutely put him on a shortlist of people who are likely to run in 2024.
“He doesn’t like losing. Plus, the whole new side of that fact that he will be, I think, technically younger than Joe Biden is now four years from now,” Mulvaney added.
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