If Donald Trump manages to return to the White House in 2025, he will be breaking a record that has stood for well over a century. History question for you: in more than two centuries, how many incumbent US presidents have lost an election and then won the White House again afterward?
The answer is one. His name was Grover Cleveland, and he died in 1908.
Donald Trump has a chance to become the second.
We’re obviously a long way out from the 2024 election, but Mr. Trump has already made it clear that he wants to be president again. Privately, he has reportedly been telling allies that he expects to be “reinstated” before the end of 2021. That is not going to happen. But nothing is stopping Mr Trump from seeking the presidency again in 2024. And if he were to reach that goal, it would be an incredibly rare achievement.
Here’s everything you need to know about that potential run.
Can Trump run for president again?
Absolutely. Under the US Constitution, anyone who is 35 or older, a natural-born citizen of the country, and a resident for at least 14 years can run for president.
The 22nd Amendment limits presidents to two terms in office, but since Mr Trump has only served one time, that’s not an issue here.
What has to happen first?
Mr Trump would need to win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.
The nominee is decided through a primary process. Whoever wants to represent the party campaigns for the nomination, Republican voters choose the candidate they prefer. At the moment, the polling is very clear: almost half of Republicans say they would choose Mr. Trump. His nearest rival, former vice president Mike Pence, is stuck in the teens. If he does run, he will be the overwhelming favorite.