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Donald Trump’s pollster thinks he will run for the White House again in 2024, with a clear path to victory through five states he lost to Joe Biden in 2020: Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
But Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney and fixer who is fresh out of house arrest, thinks he will not.
“His fragile ego cannot stand to be considered a two-time loser,” Cohen said on Monday.
Trump lost the five states in question by narrow margins – defeats he refuses to accept, continuing to promote the lie that Biden won thanks to electoral fraud, which led to deadly violence at the US Capitol on 6 January.
Politico obtained a memo from Trump’s pollster, Tony Fabrizio, which said a poll carried out for the former president’s fundraising committee put him up over Biden in all five states, by margins ranging from three points in Georgia to 12 in Michigan.
In recent books about the Trump administration, Fabrizio is depicted as willing to give Trump polling news he did not want.
But he told Politico: “Poll after poll clearly demonstrates that … Trump is still the 800lb gorilla in the [Republican party] and would be its 2024 nominee should he run.”
“This new data clearly shows that today the voters in these five key states would be happy to return Trump to the White House and send Biden packing.”
Amid speculation, the White House said on Monday Biden, 79, intends to run for re-election.
The same day, Cohen told CNN: “Donald will not run. Why? Because first of all, he has an incredibly fragile ego. He lost by 9m votes the first time [actually a little more than 7m]. He will lose by more than 9m the second and his fragile ego cannot stand to be considered a two-time loser.”