Even though Donald Trump’s legal issues continue to grow including at least two criminal cases in the state of Georgia related to his “big lie” about widespread voter fraud in an attempt to overturn the state’s presidential election results, and investigations in New York into his financial dealings, he is still plotting his next political move.
The twice impeached former president had discussed starting his own political party, which he stated he would call the “Patriot Party,” but it appears he has shifted gears and moved away from that idea. Trump has also been unclear if he plans to run for president again in 2024.
So, what tricks does Trump have up his sleeve, and will those tricks involve him, someone from within his family, or someone from his inner circle that he will control like a chess piece?
One thing seems certain…Trump’s political future rests in his new home state of Florida.
While still in the White House, Trump changed his residence from New York to Palm Beach, Florida. He, Melania, and his son, Barron, now reside at his private Palm Beach resort Mar-a-Lago. Trump, while in office, often referred to Mar-a-Lago as the “winter White House.”
Mar-a-Lago is now officially Trump headquarters.
Back in January, Trump announced that he had created the “Office of the Former President” in Palm Beach County. Reportedly the office will be used for Trump’s “correspondence, public statements, appearances, and official activities to advance the interests of the United States as well as to carry on the agenda of the Trump administration through advocacy, organizing and public activism,” according to a statement.
The office is also an attempt to work around Trump’s bans from social media.
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Soon after Trump opened his office members of the Trump family flocked to Florida to live in close distance to him and Mar-a-Lago. Ivanka, Don Jr and Tiffany have all relocated to Florida. Eric Trump and his wife, Lara, still remain in New York, but it is expected they will make the move to the Sunshine State as well. There is no doubt that his family relocation is a key factor in his political vision.
Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, reportedly wants “nothing to do with politics” for now anyway. Rumor has it the next Trump to run for office will be Lara Trump, however, no one would be surprised to see Donald Trump Jr throw his hat in the political arena.
Don Jr’s appeal to the Republican voter base was created throughout his father’s presidency where he often planned the role of “hype man.” He often pushed baseless conspiracy theories and he helped his father incite his followers at the Save America rally that took place moments before the riot at the Capitol, which resulted in five deaths.
Don Jr.’s girlfriend, conservative pundit Kimberly Guilfoyle has also been a campaign donor magnet. Before dating Trump, she was the longtime girlfriend of California Gov. Gavin Newsome.
Reportedly both Donald and Don Jr have set their eyes on campaigning in 2022’s upcoming midterm elections. It is possible one of those campaigns could include Don Jr running for office. However, in order to run he would need a financial nest egg and that is where Mar-a-Lago fits in.
Mar-a-Lago has served as a major location for Trump-led, lavish events to secure fundraising from donors. Trump has held many events at the resort and it gives him a built-in audience of members, many who are sycophants.” The resort could easily become fundraising well that never runs dry.