I think that we can all agree that President Donald Trump has created a movement no one has ever witnessed before in history. Like him or not, Trump has one of the strongest political bases in modern-day history. There’s no debating it.
Either in 2020 or 2024, the current President of the United States will no longer be President. But, it is virtually impossible to imagine Trump and the immense movement that he has authored to just disappear. That is just not going to happen.
President Trump is a once in a generation figure. We have never seen a politician like him before in the 244 years of this country. In the matter of one year, Trump managed to blow past other politicians, some of them career-politicians, to become the leader of the Republican Party. There will never, ever be someone else like him.
So once President Trump’s political career is over, who exactly will take the reigns and continue the Trump legacy.
I have compiled a list of possible candidates that will potentially continue the Trump legacy after the current Commander-in-Chief has retired from politics.
Vice President Mike Pence
Before then-candidate Donald Trump asked Mike Pence to be his running mate in 2016, Pence was just an unknown Governor. He had been in politics for years before, but he had never done anything news-worthy.
His rise to stardom came when he accepted the call to be the Vice President to a New York businessman in 2016.
The rest is history.
Throughout the Trump administration, Pence has claimed a sense of stardom. Conservatives from all over the country have fallen in love with Pence for his demeanor and views on policy.
He has also been very much tied to President Trump these past few years. You see him standing behind Trump during executive order signing. You see him leading the Covid-19 task force. You see him right behind President Trump during his speeches most of the time.
Pence has made it very clear that he stands with President Trump and will fight to “keep promises” along with President Trump.
Pence is, essentially, President Trump’s sidekick.
Senator Tom Cotton
Senator Tom Cotton is one of President Trump’s biggest allies in the Senate. They seem to see eye to eye on most issues. They even act the same.
Following the death of George Floyd on May 25th, the New York Times allowed Senator Cotton to write an op-ed on what was going on in the nation. At the time that the op-ed was written, deadly riots were happening throughout the country. Here is a small excerpt from the op-ed.
“But the rioting has nothing to do with George Floyd, whose bereaved relatives have condemned the violence. On the contrary, nihilist criminals are out for loot and the thrill of destruction, with cadres of left-wing radicals like Antifa infiltrating protest marches to exploit Floyd’s death for their own anarchic purposes.” Tom Cotton NYT (June 3, 2020)
Shortly after his op-ed was published into the New York Times, a Times opinion editor was fired over the release of the op-ed.
His op-ed gave the young Senator from Arkansas a chance to go after the very liberal media.
After the op-ed controversy, Cotton told Fox News, “It far exceeds their standards which are normally full of left-wing, sophomoric drivel.
These comments definitely remind me of President Trump.
Senator Josh Hawley
Recently-elected Senator Josh Hawley is new to the political world. He is one of the youngest people in the Senate. However, he very well could be Trump’s successor.
The Senator from Missouri is one of President Trump’s closest allies in the Senate. He votes with the President almost all of the time.
Hawley has been leading a firm charge against the political bias on social media platforms. As many people know, this issue is very near and dear to President Trump’s heart.
Hawley is also pushing that United States foreign policy should focus more on the dealings of China. Also, something that President Trump wants to focus on.
The media has even started to take notice of how similar the two men are.
A headline from the Kansas City Star read, “ Hawley 2024? Missouri Republican Could Be Trump 2.0”.
During his two short years in the Senate, Hawley has caught the eye of many Republicans including the 45th President of the United States.
President Trump is known to keep his inner circle very, very tight. He seems to trust very few people. He has even fired White House officials over being untrustworthy. However, President Trump seems to trust his blood-relatives the most.
Ivanka Trump is the only Trump child to actually hold a job in the Trump administration. She currently works as the Senior Advisor to the President.
In case you are not aware, this is a very prestigious job to have.
Her job in the most famous house in the world has given her much political experience, as well.
She is smart, well-spoken, and has similar views to President Trump on many key issues.
Of the Trump children, she has the most political experience.
Donald Trump Jr.
Over the past few years, the oldest Trump children have been in the national eye.
Of all the Trump children, Donald Trump Jr. seems the readiest to run for the Commander-in-Chief in 2024.
Trump Jr. is very active on social media. And he is constantly attacking the left every chance he gets. He takes after his father in this way.
He has also made many comments over the past few years on his hopes for the future. He hopes to one day follow in his father’s footsteps and seek political office.
Governor Ron DeSantis
The newly-elected Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, is not a new kid on the block. Before becoming Governor, DeSantis was a Florida congressman representing Florida’s 6th district.
He is also a huge Trump fan.
For years, DeSantis has praised the President for all that he does and for “draining the swamp”.
DeSantis also makes a good possibility for filling the Trump-void that Republicans will feel in 2024.
The Governor and President Trump align very closely on many key issues including immigration and police reform.
A poll conducted in 2019 revealed that DeSantis was on the top of the list of possible 2024 Republican candidates.
This gives him a huge advantage to become the next air to the Trump throne.
The Trump heir in 2024 will not automatically be the Republican nominee for President. There are plenty other Republicans such as Nikki Haley and Ben Carson that will more than likely run in 2024.
However, the Trump heir will more than likely receive an endorsement from none other than the 45th President of the United States. That endorsement will definitely carry some weight.
We will just have to wait and see. But, one thing is for sure…Donald Trump is not going away any time soon.