Rhode Island political leaders react to Trump announcing 2024 bid

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally, Oct. 9, 2022, in Mesa, Ariz. (Matt York, AP)

Former President Donald Trump announced Tuesday night he will run for the presidency for a third time in 2024.

“I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” Trump said at an event at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

With the announcement, both the Rhode Island Democratic Party and Rhode Island Republican Party issued statements on the matter.

“The RIGOP always remains neutral before the primary in Presidential politics, we anticipate there will be several candidates filing to run for President,” said RIGOP Chairwoman Sue Cienki.

“It is up to the voters in the Republican primary to chose who will represent the Republicans in 2024,” she concluded.

Rhode Island Democratic Party Chairman Joe McNamara lambasted Trump’s announcement, saying the former president is “unfit’ for office.

“Donald Trump has shown us time and time again that he’s only capable of serving one person: Donald Trump,” said McNamara.

“Rhode Islanders are not looking to move backwards, we are looking to keep making progress and remain focused on the issues that matter most. Donald Trump is unfit for office. When the time comes, it is up to us to send him that message at the voting booth,” he added.

Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline agrees with McNamara and in an email sent to his Democratic colleagues he said he is looking to create legislation to bar Trump from running for office.

“Given the proof – demonstrated through the January 6th Committee Hearings, the 2021 impeachment trial, and other reporting – that Donald Trump engaged in insurrection on January 6th with the intention of overturning the lawful 2020 election results, I have drafted legislation that would prevent Donald Trump from holding public office again under the Fourteenth Amendment,” Cicilline wrote in the email.

In the email, Cicilline noted he is looking for colleagues to co-sponsor the measure.

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