Donald Trump is scheduled to appear in Columbia, South Carolina this week to reinvigorate his 2024 presidential bid amid reports that things aren’t going so well for the former president, according to New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman. During an interview on CNN, she said Trump’s close advisers are shocked at how bad the situation really is, Raw Story  reports.
Last weekend The Washington Post reported Trump’s allies were manning the phones to try to drum up attendees in South Carolina, only to find out that Republicans weren’t exactly  jumping at the chance to attend his appearance.
Haberman sat down with CNN This Morning host Don Lemon and Poppy Harlow to discuss the situation. She noted that Trump seems just as apathetic about his third presidential run as his fellow Republicans are.
Since he left office in January 2021, Trump has maintained a hermit-like existence, rarely leaving Mar-a-Lago, and Haberman noted “Look, he has not been running what one would consider a rigorous effort so far. I don’t know how much is his lack of desire or how much is that his fund-raising might be struggling but he is going to plant a flag, especially because other candidates, this is the period where they’re looking to get in.”
“I think they are also finding, his team, that people are not swelling around him in the Republican Party in these states the way they had believed,” she explained. “Now he still has supporters and still has his operation, it’s pretty small. I think they thought they would be able to get all of these people to just show up for him.”
Perhaps this is another case of rats fleeing a sinking ship. It certainly seems like that.
“He’s over and over and over learning the lesson he is not president anymore and for a lot in the Republican Party someone they want to be passed,” Haberman said.
“He’s trying to create momentum around himself,” she said. “I remember him campaigning right before the primary in New Hampshire the beginning of February, end of January 2016 and him complaining at an event how long his commute was to go back to Manchester. So this is not somebody who does retail campaigning especially well. I don’t think we’ll see him do it.”
It’s safe to assume many Republicans are avoiding Trump because of all the investigations still going on around him. They are keeping their distance and that’s understandable. More than a few consider  former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley a strong candidate as well.
I’ve included a clip of the conversation below.