President Donald Trump appears poised to win reelection in 2020 – and he’s already thanking the very people who are going to help make it happen.
And it’s not just his supporters.
It’s the Democrats — and even CNN!
Trump taunted his rivals in a rally in Florida this past week that all the investigations and probes… all the attacks… and all the stonewalling from the left is having the exact opposite effect of what they’d expect.
“They want to do investigations instead of investments,” he said. “I think it drives us on to victory in 2020.”
While most people would no doubt be exhausted by the endless investigations, Trump is eager to see how it all backfires on the left.
And he’s urging them to hurry up and pick someone for him to pick apart.
“We have a choice between Sleepy Joe [Biden] and Crazy Bernie [Sanders], and I’ll take any of them,” Trump said. “Let’s just pick somebody, please, and let’s start this thing.”
It’s easy to see why Trump is eager to get going; everything is moving in his direction:
- The economy is humming
- Jobs and wages are up
- Special counsel Robert Mueller found no collusion
- He’s being praised for standing up to China – even by Democrats
All that’s combined to give Trump his biggest polling bump since last autumn – and so far, the only real challenge is coming from 76-year-old former Vice President Joe Biden, who is already coming under attack from members of his own party.
One expert said that while Biden may be leading Trump in some polls now, that will likely change – dramatically – over the coming year and a half, especially when he tries to claim credit for the humming economy.
“He will try to argue that while the economy is only doing so well right now because [the Obama administration] did a good job with the recovery,” The National Review’s John McCormack told Fox News. “That will be a hard argument to make. The American people will, in the end, give whoever is in office credit or blame for the current state of the economy. Things are looking pretty good right now.”
In fact, it’s hard to find anything NOT swinging in Trump’s direction at the moment, with a recent AP story declaring Trump the frontrunner.
“It’s a long race, and we’re not taking anything for granted,” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told the news agency. “But we like the position that we’re in.”
Even one of Trump’s biggest TV critics, CNN’s Chris Cillizza, admits that Trump SHOULD win reelection given how strong the economy is.
He even proposed a way Trump could seal the deal: Stop tweeting. Stop name-calling. Limit public statements to the economy. And he’s almost guaranteed to win.
All the people happy with the economy will remain happy; all those who are happy but concerned about his brash personality will be mollified; Trump will cruise to victory.
Of course, being CNN, they had to take a dig at him anyway.
Cillizza said Trump could never be that disciplined.
“Trump’s biggest hurdle to a second term is his personality and behavior in office,” he wrote.
Cillizza seems to have missed one of the most important lessons from 2016 – one the media didn’t pick up on then, and clearly isn’t picking up on now.
Trump’s personality and behavior aren’t liabilities.
In some ways, they’re assets to many voters, especially his incredibly loyal core demographic. His brash approach and unapologetic tone is one of the very reasons for his success.
And, quite likely, it’s one of the very reasons he’ll win again in 2020.
— Walter W. Murray is a reporter for The Horn News. He is an outspoken conservative and a survival expert, and is the author of “America’s Final Warning.”