Former President Trump will hold two rallies in June as he looks to capitalize on a series of crises engulfing President Joe Biden and lay down a marker for 2024, according to an adviser familiar with planning.
Those will be followed by a third event around July 3 and are expected to take the form of the airport rallies that dominated the closing months of last year’s election campaign.
His team is in the process of selecting two venues from four possibles.
Donald Trump was in New York City at the start of the week after flying north from his winter base in Florida. He is expected to hold two rallies in June as he enters a new phase of his political life
‘The president is anxious to get back out on the trail and we are getting a lot of offers and invitations from both candidates and political causes in different areas,’ said the adviser.
The rallies will be his first since he addressed supporters on Jan. 6 before a mob attacked the U.S. Capitol.
Trump relocated his base of operations this week, leaving Mar-a-Lago in Florida on Sunday to spend the summer at Bedminster, his New Jersey golf club.
He has already been spotted in New York at Trump Tower.
Raucous rallies were a major part of Trump’s 2016 election win and he is pictured here at a Make America Great Again event at the American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, in September 2015
Last year Trump switched to airport rallies, using Air Force One as a backdrop, as he did in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in November (pictured)
And high-profile rallies have begun lining up events in New Jersey. Later this month, Make America Great Again Action, a super PAC left by former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, will fundraiser at Trump’s golf club.
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At the same time, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions on crowds and Biden’s struggles at the border, with fuel lines and a spiraling Middle East confrontation meant the time was right to restart rallies, added the adviser.
Factors under consideration are whether to appear at events with candidates that he has already endorsed or whether to travel to locations that reflect a specific campaign topic.
Trump has also teased the idea of visiting the border highlight an unfolding crisis and has frequently hinted at a 2024 run.
His aides say a decision is unlikely until after next year’s midterms.
But his return to campaigning will be seen as a dry run for how he can build a platform in opposition to Biden and trumpet his achievements.
Trump team is weighing options for rallies starting in June, either at airports or open-air venues. Here Trump is seen at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport in Avoca, Pennsylvania, in November
Blake Marnell, known as the ‘wall guy’ and pictured when invited up on stage by Trump during a 2019 rally in Montoursvill, Pa, says rallies are a key part of the former president’s communications strategy
Blake Marnell, who is known as the ‘wall guy’ for attending more than 20 rallies in his red-brick wall suit, said the mass events were a winning formula for Trump.
They were needed more than ever, he added.
‘At a time when people feel at risk at work or in personal friendships for showing support for conservative causes, a physical gathering for people who support his policies, in one place, really creates a space where people can be open about their political beliefs,’ he said.
On Tuesday Trump tested the sort of attack lines attendees might hear.
Trump attacked Biden on Wednesday, using his new website feature to publish a statement linking his successor to a string of crises and comparing him with President Jimmy Carter
In a statement posted to his website, he compared Biden with President Jimmy Carter, listing crises from the Middle East confrontation to fuel lines along the U.S. East Coast caused by the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack.
‘First there was the Biden Border Crisis (that he refuses to call a Crisis), then the Biden Economic Crisis, then the Biden Israel Crisis, and now the Biden Gas Crisis,’ he posted on his website.
‘Joe Biden has had the worst start of any president in United States history, and someday, they will compare future disasters to the Biden Administration—but no, Jimmy was better!’
Trump himself has said he is eager to get out in front of crowds again soon.
When daughter-in-law Lara Trump asked him in March whether supporters could expect rallies to return, he said: ‘Oh yeah, sure, I think so.
‘In fact, we’re thinking about doing one relatively soon just to let everybody know that there’s hope in the future.’
The Republican National Committee has trailed the idea in fundraising emails, asking supporters for suggestions.
It asked: ‘Where do you think he should hold his first Rally? Do you have a city in mind that would be perfect for holding this HISTORIC event?’
The RNC is teasing the idea of Trump rallies in emails to supporters, asking them to pitch ideas for where they should be held