US politics in 2024 are going to be a dumpster fire of a year.

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It’s been a crazy year for American politics, with 91 felony charges against former President Donald Trump, responding to a war in Gaza, funding an ongoing war in Ukraine, a near-government shutdown, a protracted fight to choose a new speaker for the House, a second protracted fight to choose a new speaker after the first one was fired, George Santos, and GOP presidential candidates hoping to establish themselves against Trump in the upcoming election.

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Regretfully, 2024 isn’t looking any less busy—the calendar for that year is already booked up before it’s even officially started.

The news coverage of 2024 will mostly focus on two stories: Trump’s numerous legal disputes and the presidential election, where it is almost a given that he will be the Republican nominee facing up against President Joe Biden in a replay of the 2020 contest.

The troubled former president is presently involved in many legal disputes in Georgia, New York, Florida, Washington, DC, and other states over purported attempts to rig the 2020 presidential election results, a porn star-led hush-money scam, and improper handling of secret material.

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Aside from his ongoing legal struggle in New York over the valuation of The Trump Organization, Trump’s first significant trial of 2024 is scheduled to start in Washington, DC, in March—just one day before the “Super Tuesday” presidential primaries.

After that, he is expected to appear in May for his trial involving secret materials in Florida and probably in August for the Georgia elections case.

The entire 2024 race will be significantly impacted by Trump’s legal actions. He could theoretically still run for president if found guilty and sentenced to prison, but the GOP might decide it would be wiser to unite behind a different contender in the end.

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The former president and his legal team have maintained that he is immune from prosecution for his conduct during the January 6 uprising because he was the US president at the time. However, at least one judge has already rejected this defense.

To try and put a final stop to it, Special Counsel Jack Smith recently petitioned the Supreme Court to rule on Trump’s immunity claim. Since then, the Supreme Court has consented to swiftly consider the issue.

Even though Biden and Trump seem to be their political party’s undisputed presidential nominees, a few other Republican contenders are still in the running to determine who will probably finish in second place.

Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has been steadily rising in the polls over the past few months, and she is on track to surpass Florida governor Ron DeSantis, who was formerly thought to be Trump’s strongest opponent.

In order to see if they can profit from the unlikely scenario that Trump withdraws and a power vacuum arises for the Republican nomination, a number of the GOP contenders who are still in the race will probably stay in it for a few more months.

Until mid-June, or around one month before the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, crowns the party’s official nominee, primary elections will take place.

Congressmen typically argue and fight over how to pay for the US government in the last few months of the year. Mike Johnson, who took over as speaker of the House in late October, guided Congress in passing an unusual funding plan that President Biden then signed into law.

The government is currently financed through the end of 2023 thanks to Johnson’s leadership, but Congress now has until mid-January and until February to pay a number of other important government departments including the military.

The proposal, dubbed the “craziest, stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of” by one senator, will force the already divided House to come to multiple agreements only to keep paying government workers.

In retaliation, legislative Republicans have looked to impeach Biden and prosecute his son, Hunter, after the House voted twice to remove Trump from office.

Earlier in December, Republicans in the House decided to begin the process of impeaching the Democratic president. Similar to Trump’s impeachment in 2019, the House and Senate may convene open hearings and trials on the investigation’s findings if GOP investigators find anything that warrants impeachment.

Additionally, about the same time that House Republicans called Hunter Biden to testify in a deposition behind closed doors, federal prosecutors accused him of dodging taxes totaling $1.4 million.

These inquiries and legal actions concerning the Bidens are already in progress, so they will probably continue to be relevant in 2024.

Twenty-three proved to be one of the most turbulent non-election years in modern US political history, with the great majority of noteworthy political events occurring on the spur of the moment and without warning.

It appears that 2024 will easily top the extremely eventful year of news that 2023 turned out to be.

 


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