Donald Trump was always making headlines during his term as U.S. president. Close to 90 million people were following Trump's Twitter account. Not only Americans, but also followers from across the globe were eagerly awaiting statements he made on his Twitter account. Trump did not accept the results of the November 2020 elections, alleging it was fraudulent.
On January 6, 2021, the American Congress was invaded by angry mobs of Trump supporters. Trump's Twitter account, which persistently continued the claim that the election was stolen, was suspended during this process. After Joe Biden took office as President, Trump was also banned from other social media platforms. Trump's search for alternative ones resulted in a fiasco.
Despite the fact that Trump was a one-term president who lost an election while in office, he continues to influence American politics. He will play a leading role in both the 2022 midterms and the 2024 Presidential elections. Even his Republican opponents cannot deny the sway he has over the party. Accordingly, Trump, if he so wishes, could end up being Republicans’ Presidential candidate in 2024. The fact that he is maintaining his political sway is of course bad news for the U.S.'s liberal allies in Europe. That's why President Joe Biden is trying to allay the concerns of his European allies, which he wants to organize on an anti-China front.
Trump is working to get those close to him elected into the House of Representatives and Senate in the 2022 midterms. The mainstream wing of the party, on the other hand, continues to lose ground. Meanwhile, there are mounting attempts to restrict early and mail-in voting in states controlled by Republicans. Democrats, on the other hand, are making efforts to thwart these attempts. Democrats always benefit more from early and mail-in voting. In short, the Republicans have declared war on unfavorable demographic change.
No other U.S. president had that many books written about them as Trump. There’s a canon of volumes upon volumes of Trump-themed books. In the most recent ones to be published, it is claimed that Trump even considered a coup to stay in power despite losing the election. Another claim was that Trump wanted to go to war with Iran. The source of these allegations is General Mark Milley, whom Trump picked as Chief of Staff in 2019.
In the aforementioned books, it is stated that Milley made great efforts to prevent Trump from carrying out a coup and waging war on Iran. The coup allegations make an appearance in the book titled “I Alone Can Fix It” penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker. Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender makes similar claims in his recently published book “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost “. Susan Glasser, a New Yorker magazine reporter, and Peter Baker, the White House Chief Correspondent of the New York Times, also made allegations that Trump is plotting a coup in their yet unpublished co-authored book.
Trump, who denies the coup allegations, recently said, “If I was going to do a coup, one of the last people I would want to do it with is General Mark Milley.” Trump also denies the allegations of contemplating waging war against Iran, stating that he is the President who withdrew the U.S. from the "endless wars", not the one who dragged it into them.
One of the interesting comments on the allegations that Trump is considering a coup came from John Bolton, a prominent neocon. Bolton, stating that claims that Trump was going to stage a coup gives Trump “too much credit,” and adding that "that requires advance thinking, planning, strategizing, building up support, and I just don't think he's capable of that."
Let's recall that Trump sacked Bolton, who had served as his National Security Advisor, a year and a half after he tapped him for this role. Trump later said Bolton thought about nothing but war, adding that “if I had listened to him, we’d be in World War 6 right now”. After Bolton was fired, he went on to write a tell-all book titled “The Room Where It Happened,” where he took shots at Trump.
As long as the socio-economic conditions that led to "Trumpism" do not change or until a "real leader" emerges, it seems that Trump will continue to be an influential figure in the years to come.