On The Road Again …

I have long said that Donald Trump never seemed to stop campaigning, even after he won the election on 08 November 2016, and not even after his inauguration on 20 January 2017.  He continues to hold campaign-style rallies as if he were still running for the office that he now (temporarily) holds.  Well, guess what?  I was right!  On the day of his inauguration, Donald Trump filed his 2020 campaign with the Federal Elections Commission!  Is this not the epitome of arrogance?

Yesterday, Trump made public his 2020 campaign when he announced his intention to run, and also named Brad Parscale as his campaign manager.  Parscale is closely aligned with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who recently lost his security clearance and is at the center of an investigation into his ties with foreign agents.  It is said that Trump is ‘itching’ to get back out on the campaign trail, and his favourite activity of performing for an adoring crowd.  Wait … isn’t he supposed to be in the Oval Office working at the job for which he was elected?  I mean, we are paying him $400,000 plus fringe benefits to do a job, and … he’d rather spend his time campaigning to get the same job in 980 days?  Does anybody see a problem with this?

Parscale

Brad Parscale, campaign manager

Thus far, Trump has held no less than 19 campaign rallies since his election in November 2016.  The campaign has raised funds and run two nationwide advertising campaigns.  Given the campaign he ran in 2015-2016, where his campaign slogans seemed to be “Crooked Hillary” and “Lock her up”, I am unclear how he can campaign this early, as he has no opponent to brutalize.

But even though there are still 980 days until the next presidential election on 06 November 2020, and even though there is not yet a clear candidate on the democratic side, there are already polls!  And the good news is that Trump is trailing, on average 10-18 against almost any potential candidate, including Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren or Kirsten Gillibrand.

He already has a small campaign staff, including Brad Parscale (campaign manager), Michael Glassner (campaign committee manager), John Pence (campaign committee deputy executive director) – yes, he is related to Mike Pence – his nephew, in fact, Bradley Crate (campaign treasurer).  And by the end of 2017, his campaign had already received more than $36 million in contributions.  In addition to his tired old slogan of “Make America Great Again”, he has added a new one: “Promises Made, Promises Kept”.  Shoot me now, please.

In 2016, I complained that nearly two years was far too long for a political campaign to go on, that it was draining and demoralizing for the public.  I suggested that 3-6 months is plenty of time for a few debates, some ads, and a handful of rallies, and would allow we, the voters, to maintain at least an illusion of sanity.  So, what do they do?  They extend it to four bloomin’ years!  Shoot me now, please.

With the scandals and chaos that define the Trump administration, and with collusion between the Trump campaign (the old one from 2016) almost certain to land squarely in Trump’s lap before this year is out, I think it highly unlikely that Donald Trump’s name will be anywhere on the ballot in 2020.  If I am wrong, if he can not only run, but win in 2020, then our system will have somehow failed miserably.

14 thoughts on “On The Road Again …

  1. Yep makes sense!
    Y’see Mr Trump lives for the limelight, the adulation and the moment, and where will he get that? From his following of course, who in turn need to see him to ensure they don’t doubt their decision, very cyclic.
    He would run for 2020 as not to would suggest failure or ‘The UK’ factor, ie ‘I’m not gonna. They’re mean to me!’

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  2. Dear Jill,

    I cannot take President Trump’s actions at face value. Does his running have more to do with the 2018 mid term elections. He needs to rile up the republican base, to get them out to vote and to garner donation. That solidifies his power within the GOP. The hiring of Brad Parscale is bothersome. He has emerged as an increasingly important figure among Trump’s associates and received attention recently amid the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 US elections.

    As you mentioned, he is supposed to be a Jared Kushner loyalist. This selection of Mr. Parscale does not pass my smell test.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • As to his motive … who knows? We know he loves the attention, the cheers, the way they fall in with the chanting to “lock her up” and the praise, albeit much of it false, or hired. But I’m sure the mid-terms play a role in it too. And to some extent, probably just getting out of the heat and chaos in the White House appeals to him.

      I’m with you on Parscale … it doesn’t pass my smell test either. Hugs!!!!

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  3. Jill, Howard Stern who interviewed Trump more than anyone, said he should not take the job as he cannot take criticism. So, if we couple that with the fact the Presidency is hard work, he prefers to be on the road with his fans who adore him. Of course, the numbers are slipping as fewer folks show up. As he sees more of his loyal cadre leave, he may do even more road trips. Keith

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    • Yes, I read an article today that said he is getting lonelier by the day. I suspect Jared & Ivanka will be leaving soon enough, so then he will really be lonely. Perhaps I shouldn’t complain about him not doing the job we pay him to do, for every time he tries to do it, he messes things up even worse. Ahhhh … care to share a few aspirin with me?

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    • You are lucky to live where you live, for he truly is NOT your president! 😀 He is not MY president either, Calen … not because I didn’t vote for him, but because he does not represent a single … NOT ONE SINGLE value that I have. He is a bigot, he is refusing to do what is necessary to save our planet, he is selling off lands that belong to the public, he is keeping people from having access to affordable health care, he has raised taxes for many who couldn’t afford it while giving the rich extravagant tax cuts, and so much more that I cannot fit the entire list into a comment. I hope I’m right too … I believe I am, but in today’s topsy-turvy world, right does not always win the day.

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  4. Wrong…”I mean, we are paying him $400,000 plus fringe benefits to do a job,… ” Do you not know or are you just engaging in another ad hominem attack? The President, your President, hasn’t taken a single penny in salary, instead, donating that money back into various Federal agencies.

    “And by the end of 2017, his campaign had already received more than $36 million in contributions.” No different than ANY other President in history to include St. Obama. Every President looks forward to a second term. So, moving along…

    You and anyone who believes this…”With the scandals and chaos that define the Trump administration, and with collusion between the Trump campaign (the old one from 2016) almost certain to land squarely in Trump’s lap before this year is out, I think it highly unlikely that Donald Trump’s name will be anywhere on the ballot in 2020,” are delusional. Nearly TWO flippin’ years of “investigations” and STILL not ONE shred of evidence of “collusion.” Not to mention as a Legal side-note, there is NO Federal crime of “collusion,” all much as the “delusional” would like there to be.

    Promises Made, Promises Kept! Keep Making America Great!

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    • Mueller’s investigation seems to have kicked into high gear! I am so hopeful that he is able to tie some form of collusion or obstruction directly to Trump so impeachment becomes the only path. As for the voters/midterms? Fingers crossed, my friend.

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