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Trump rallies crowd for 2024: ‘Get ready! That’s all I’m telling you’

FILE – Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally, Oct. 9, 2022, in Mesa, Ariz. Trump has been teasing another presidential run since before he left the White House. But aides to the former president are now preparing for a 2024 campaign that could be announced soon after next week’s midterms. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Former President Trump on Thursday teased a potential presidential run during an Iowa campaign event, telling the crowd to “get ready” for the 2024 election cycle.

“Get ready, that’s all I’m telling you,” he said. “Get ready.”

Trump said that he will “very, very, very probably” run for a third time.

“And now, in order to make our country successful and safe and glorious, I will very, very, very probably do it again, OK?” said Trump. “Very, very, very probably.”

Trump discussed the statistics pertaining to his 2020 reelection campaign, which he lost to President Biden, claiming that he was more successful that year than during his first run against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.

“I did much better the second time than I did the first, getting millions more votes in 2020 than I got in 2016,” said the former president.

The U.S. Census Bureau found that voter turnout was significantly higher in 2020, with nearly 160 million Americans casting votes that year compared to approximately 137 million in 2016.

Trump garnered just over 74 million votes in the 2020 election, roughly 11 million more than he received in 2016, but lost to Biden, who received more than 81 million votes and won the Electoral College.

The billionaire businessman has long been rumored to possibly run in 2024, though he could face primary opponents: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, among others, is widely viewed as positioning himself for a presidential campaign.

Neither has officially declared their candidacy, despite Trump’s nudges to his audience on Thursday.

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