Washington was a scene of carnage yesterday after US President Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol, leading to violent riots which led to four people being pronounced dead. Three people died from medical emergencies, according to law enforcement, while one woman was shot by Capitol Police. As Trump supporters rampaged through Congress, staff hid in offices while security and police clashed with rioters. The scenes came after months of President Trump making baseless accusations of voter fraud in November’s election – claiming the vote was “stolen”.
Melania Trump has also seen her chief of staff resign – Stephanie Grisham released a statement saying she was “proud” to have served the First Lady.
Melania has cut a reserved figure over the previous four years, rarely speaking to the media and communicating to the public mostly through statements and prepared speeches.
This has led to speculation over her enthusiasm for her role as First Lady, and one report suggests she isn’t hoping to return to the East Wing in 2024.
A White House insider told CNN that Melania would not be in favour of Mr Trump throwing his hat in the ring once more and “just wants to go home” to Florida.
The source added that the idea of a 2024 campaign “might not go over well” with Melania.
Some Republicans, however, predict Mr Trump could run again.
Mr Trump’s ex-chief of staff Mick Mulvaney predicted before November’s vote that he’ll “absolutely” run again if Joe Biden emerged victorious.
US politics expert Professor Stephen Burman told Express.co.uk in October that a Trump 2024 campaign cannot be ruled out.
He also said another celebrity figure could emerge to become the new Republican candidate.
He said: “I certainly don’t rule out the possibility of a celebrity becoming the candidate. The days when presidential candidates have to have legislative experience are gone.
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“The way the media is, political communication, celebrities can come straight through.”
For now, President Trump will have to wait and see what damage this week’s events have done to his reputation, especially if he does decide to run again in 2024.
The riots were greeted with international condemnation, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the scenes as “disgraceful”.
Republicans also condemned President Trump’s role in the chaos, as Mitt Romney said: “We gather today due to a selfish man’s injured pride and the outrage of his supporters whom he has deliberately misinformed for the past two months and stirred to action this very morning.
“What happened here today was an insurrection, incited by the President of the United States.
“Those who choose to continue to support his dangerous gambit by objecting to the results of a legitimate, democratic election will forever be seen as being complicit in an unprecedented attack against our democracy.”
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Even some of Mr Trump’s biggest backers, many of whom had echoed claims of voter fraud, have now condemned the scenes in Washington this week.
Senator Ted Cruz tweeted: “Those storming the Capitol need to stop NOW.
“The Constitution protects peaceful protest, but violence — from Left or Right — is ALWAYS wrong.
“And those engaged in violence are hurting the cause they say they support.”
Meanwhile, when Vice President Mike Pence refused to block the formal confirmation of Mr Biden’s election win yesterday, President Trump hit out at his colleague.
The President tweeted: “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!”