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Donald Trump did not take Mother’s Day off from letting his supporters know where he stands and what the shape of the nation is.
The 45th President of the United States sent two messages on Sunday. The first gave a glimpse into his possible future.
“Happy Mother’s Day to all. It will all come back BIGGER and BETTER and STRONGER than ever before. Do not worry!” he said.
Trump could be indicating that a strong, pro-America first, Republican candidate will take the reigns of the party heading into the 2024 presidential election. But what appears more likely is that he is hinting that candidate will be him, as evidenced by his interview with Candace Owens last week.
Owens asked Trump if he planned on campaigning for president again in the 2024 presidential election, presumably against Joe Biden or Kamala Harris as well as anti-Trump conservatives.
“The answer is I’m absolutely enthused. I look forward to doing an announcement at the right time,” Trump said on “Candace,” a talk show hosted at The Daily Wire.
“As you know, it’s very early. But I think people are going to be very, very happy when I make a certain announcement,” he said.
“You know for campaign finance reasons, you really can’t do it too early because it becomes a whole different thing,” Trump said.
If he did announce now he would be subject to financial disclosure forms and how he could get and spend funds would be limited by election laws.
“Otherwise, I think I’d give you an answer that you’d be very happy with. So we’re looking at that very, very seriously,” he said. “All I’d say is: stay tuned.”
Owens, a known Trump supporter, and staunch conservative quipped with him about being his running mate.
“What a good choice that would be. That would be fantastic. You would be fantastic,” he said as he laughed.
“I guess I’ll take you at your word, that in 2024 Trump and Owens are going to be on the ticket,” Owens said as she smiled.
And in another message sent on Sunday, Trump weighed in on the Kentucky Derby doping scandal that broke this weekend.
“So now even our Kentucky Derby winner, Medina Spirit, is a junky. This is emblematic of what is happening to our Country. The whole world is laughing at us as we go to hell on our Borders, our fake Presidential Election, and everywhere else!” he said.
The horse tested positive in a post-race drug test last week at Churchill Downs, her trainer Bob Baffert said on Sunday, jeopardizing the horse’s Kentucky Derby win, CNN reported.
“Yesterday I got the biggest gut punch in racing for something that I didn’t do,” the trainer said, calling it an “injustice to the horse.”
“I don’t feel embarrassed, I feel like I was wronged. But I’m going to fight it,” he said.
Betamethasone is an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid that is allowed in horse racing at a certain level. But Baffert said he’d been informed that Medina Spirit’s postrace test detected 21 picograms per milliliter — more than double the legal threshold in Kentucky racing.
The news comes just over a week after the 3-year-old brown colt won the Derby, one of the sport’s most famous events, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, beating out second-place Mandaloun by half a length. It was Baffert’s seventh victory at the Derby, a record.
As of Sunday, Medina Spirit had not been disqualified, Baffert said. A split sample from Medina Spirit will now be tested, and if the original results are confirmed, then Baffert would have a chance to appeal.
If an appeal is unsuccessful, Medina Spirit would be stripped of the Kentucky Derby crown as well as the winning prize money.
There is no word yet if Sunday’s announcement will affect plans for Medina Spirit to run in next Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown.