On Saturday, former president Donald Trump held his first mega-rally of his 2024 campaign in Waco, Tex., where he continued to criticize top GOP rival Ron DeSantis. The Florida governor isn’t expected to announce a presidential bid until at least May, but Trump’s escalating attacks and early resurgence amid criminal investigations has raised speculation about how DeSantis and other 2024 GOP contenders will respond.
I’m Brianna Tucker, a deputy politics editor for The Washington Post. I’ve covered Congress, climate and three election cycles and was tuned in to all 15 rounds of Republican Kevin McCarthy’s path to the speakership in the House — shout-out to C-SPAN. I’m answering your questions every Tuesday about politics and 2024, and I’m sharing the inside scoop from our reporters on the campaign trail.
I was joined this week by Isaac Arnsdorf for my chat. Isaac covers Trump, the “Make America Great Again” political movement, and the elected officials, activists, donors and media figures on the right who are powering the Republican Party.
This week’s chat is over, but you can read a transcript of it below. Questions may be edited for accuracy and clarity. Submit your question for our next chat on Tuesday, April 4 in advance here.
Alexandra Pannoni, newsroom talent and community editor, produced this Q&A.
2024 presidential candidates
Several major Republican candidates and three Democrats have officially declared they are running for their party’s 2024 presidential nomination, and plenty of others are making moves. We’re tracking 2024 presidential candidates here.
Republicans: Top contenders for the GOP 2024 nomination include former president Donald Trump, who announced in November, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Here is The Post’s ranking of the top 10 Republican presidential candidates for 2024.
Democrats: President Biden has officially announced he is running for reelection in 2024. Author Marianne Williamson and anti-vaccine advocate Robert Kennedy Jr., both long-shot candidates, are also seeking the Democratic nomination. Here is The Post’s ranking of the top 10 Democratic presidential candidates for 2024.