Donald Trump will become a nominee of the American Independent Party (AIP) in 2024 if he decides to run for president again and if the Republican Party rejects him, said AIP Chairman Markham Robinson.
As TMZ reported on Wednesday, March 3, Robinson said that he and the AIP leaders are dead set on nominating the former president to head up their ticket for the next White House race, assuming Trump decides to have another go at it.
Markham made clear he and his party are more than enthusiastic about Trump’s apparent desire to stay in politics after he said at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week that he may seek to run for president in 2024.
According to Markham, Trump is the perfect guy to lead the AIP—for starters, they’re notoriously far-right … and support a limited role in government, tax cuts, and are pro-life. The party also nominated Trump in 2016.
Markham added that the AIP is working on expanding its reach nationwide, hopefully in time for 2024.
However, Trump is unlikely to shift his party allegiance. During his speech at CPAC on Feb. 28, the former president was firm about sticking with the Republican Party while strongly hinting he would run for president in 2024.
“Democrats should suffer withering losses in the midterms and to lose the White House decisively four years from now,” Trump said. “I may decide to beat them for a third time.”
Seeking to unite the Republican voters, Trump declared that he would not start a new party, saying that speculation is “fake news” designed to divide voters.
Though some GOP figures like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Mitt Romney are seemingly not loyal to Trump, he remains a leader among conservatives for the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nomination.
According to the CPAC straw poll, conducted by the Washington Times, 68% of the attendees at CPAC said they want Trump to seek the White House again, making him the overwhelming favorite to win the 2024 GOP nomination.
The poll found that over 95% of respondents approved of the job that Trump did as president, and 95% also want the Republican Party to continue pursuing Trump’s agenda.
And if Trump decides to run again, 55% of the respondents said they would vote for him, followed by 21% for Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis and 4% for South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.