Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former attorney, says the former Republican US president will not run for the White House again in 2024, because “his fragile ego cannot stand to be considered a two-time loser.”
This is while Trump’s pollster, Tony Fabrizio, thinks he will run for the office again, with a path to victory through five states he lost to Joe Biden in the disputed 2020 election. The states are Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, The Guardian reported on Tuesday.
According to official results, Trump lost the five states by narrow margins, but he refuses to accept, claiming that Biden “stole” the election from him with the help of certain elements in the Washington establishment.
Trump has been casting doubt on the outcome of his loss by insisting it was the result of fraud. He has said that the 2020 presidential election was “the greatest Election Hoax in history.”
Trump’s pollster said a poll carried out for the former president’s fundraising committee put him up over Biden in all five states, by margins ranging from three points in Georgia to 12 in Michigan.
Fabrizio told Politico: “Poll after poll clearly demonstrates that … Trump is still the 800lb gorilla in the [Republican party] and would be its 2024 nominee should he run.”
“This new data clearly shows that today the voters in these five key states would be happy to return Trump to the White House and send Biden packing.”
‘Donald will not run’
Cohen, however, told CNN on Monday, “Donald will not run.”
“Why? Because first of all, he has an incredibly fragile ego. He lost by 9m votes the first time [actually a little more than 7m]. He will lose by more than 9m the second and his fragile ego cannot stand to be considered a two-time loser,” he added.
Cohen pointed to Trump’s political fundraising, which has brought in more than $100 million.
“This is nothing more than the world’s greatest grift,” Cohen said. “He’s bringing in money greater than when he had the Trump Organization with all of its assets. So why would you give this up?”
“He will drag this thing on all the way to the end. I have an original document … whereby he decided not to run in 2011. And of course, the reasons he talked about was his real estate, it was, you know, The Apprentice and so on,” he added.
“He’s going to do the same thing. The only difference this time versus last is that he’s making money each and every day by sending out more texts. ‘Oh, Donald won. Send $25.’”
Trump’s claims have significantly delegitimatized the democratic process in the United States. A recent poll has found that at least 50 percent of Republican voters surveyed believe their vote will not be counted accurately the next time they cast a ballot.
Only 41 percent of Republicans said their vote would be counted fairly, while 50 percent of them said they are not confident their vote would be counted accurately, according to the NBC News poll released earlier this month.
Trump has said that only a doctor's call could prevent him from participating in the 2024 presidential race.
In a recent interview with Real America's Voice, the 75-year-old businessman suggested that only a disease could prevent him from running in the next presidential race.
Trump pointed out that only "a bad call from a doctor or something" could stop him from running.