The Real Reason Michael Cohen Thinks Donald Trump Is Falsely Promoting A 2024 Run

Despite still claiming that he won the presidency in 2020 and still asking Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger to overturn the state's election results as late as Sept. 17, 2021 (via CNN), former President Donald Trump also continues to hint that he is going to run for president a third time in 2024. However, he won't make a commitment to his candidacy one way or another. 

For example, in June 2021, he told Sean Hannity that he had made up his mind about whether he's going to give it another go but wouldn't say what he decided (via Yahoo). Then, in early September 2021, Trump ally Congressman Jim Jordan said that Trump was going to announce his candidacy "any day now" — yet there has been no announcement as of this writing, and there might never be, according to Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen.

However, just hinting that he's going to run again has his supporters shelling out cash to help make his presidential dreams come true (again). As of July 2021, Trump's various political action committees had raised a total of $102 million, with $50 million in contributions coming between January and June, according to ABC News. The New York Times reported that most of the money has come from online or grassroots donors and that very few mega-donors were pitching in.

Of course, Cohen has been weighing in with his take on the issue.

Michael Cohen claims to know what Donald Trump is planning

Michael Cohen has made no secret that he doesn't think Donald Trump will be at the top of the Republican ticket again in 2024, often tweeting to panicked Democrats that they shouldn't worry. He also says that Trump has a good reason for claiming he might run again, even if he knows he won't. "His insatiable need for attention is one reason he continues to flaunt this disingenuous 2024 run," he told Business Insider. "The other is he's making more money doing that than anything he has ever done before."

While Trump still tells his supporters he needs their money to help him fight the 2020 election results nearly a year later, Politico reported that the former president has mostly used the cash to pay his aides and for travel expenses. All of that money coming in has caused Cohen to call his former boss "the greatest grifter in the history of American politics."

In the end, Cohen told Business Insider that he believes Trump will find a good excuse not to run again — but will make sure that nobody believes it's his fault. "He'll say he's not going to run again because of bipartisan hatred for him or because of the Democrats or because he doesn't want to put his family through any more," Cohen said. "He cannot stomach the notion of being a two-time loser, but he will continue to grift until the very last second."