Somehow I think that the third one will take up most of his energy and attention.
Courtesy of WaPo:
President Trump would have the world falsely believe that he won the election and is preparing for a second term.
In private huddles and phone conversations, however, Trump has been discussing an entirely different next act: another presidential run in 2024.
In a nod to the reality that he is destined to leave office in January, the president is seriously contemplating life beyond the White House, telling advisers that he wants to remain an omnipresent force in politics and the media — perhaps by running for the White House again.
Trump has told confidants he could announce a 2024 campaign before the end of this year, which would immediately set up a potential rematch with President-elect Joe Biden.
Trump also has been exploring ways to make money for relatively little work, such as giving paid speeches to corporate groups or selling tickets to rallies. In addition, he may try to write a score-settling memoir of his time as president and appear on television, in a paid or unpaid capacity.
Though there has also been considerable chatter among Trump’s associates about his starting a media company of his own, many close to the president said they believe that option is less likely, in part because it would be an arduous undertaking without guaranteed success. These advisers, like some others interviewed for this story, spoke on the condition of anonymity to candidly discuss sensitive topics.
There is also pressure on Trump to monetize his post-presidency in light of his personal debt and legal troubles. He has payments due over the next four years of more than $400 million in loans and could incur substantial legal fees related to a number of investigations and lawsuits.
Trump will “try to remain a political and media force,” said Christopher Ruddy, a longtime friend who has been in touch with the president. “He has all these existing businesses. He’ll have new relationships.”
Whatever platform he decides to use, Trump plans to seek vengeance against those he believes have betrayed him — a group that includes Fox News Channel, which Trump had long praised for the sycophantic coverage on some of its programs but now seeks to punish.
I think all of this seems on-brand for Trump.
All he cares about is making money, exercising power, and punishing those who he feels have done him wrong.
By announcing his plans to run in 2024 Trump will maintain control over the GOP who will then continue to kiss his ass at least until he is indicted.
That will also keep a cap on criticism from other GOP politicians because he will still able to influence their ability to seek reelection.
As for making money if Trump can continue to fill stadiums and lecture halls he can rake in a fortune in fees paid by those who, for some reason, believe he is still somebody to be admired.
I think ultimately that these plans will be disrupted by the legal challenges coming Trump’s way, but if those fail to materialize there is a good chance that Trump might remain in our lives for at least another decade.
And yes I realize that it is a terrible thought.