Why Trump Might Just Win In 2020
How The Democratic Election Strategy and Infighting Benefits Trump
To understand why Trump might win in 2020, we must understand why Trump won in 2016. We also must separate Donald Trump from the Republican Party. Although Trump is a Republican president, he is more of an opportunist than a party loyal. He was a Democrat until 1987, a republican from 1987 to 1999, a reformist from 1999 to 2001, a democrat from 2001 to 2009 and a republican ever since, with a brief period as an independent from 2011 to 2012. Understanding this ‘flip flop’ move from party to party will help us understand how Trump operates. He will say anything to get an electoral majority vote in his favour.
In 2016 Donald Trump made at least one statement a month, if not more, that would have killed off the campaign of any other candidate. However, his campaign survived because his opponents would often criticize the individual (Donald Trump) rather than the policy that would arise from his statements. When Donald Trump brought up “Radical Islamic Terror” or the infamous “Muslim Ban” and criticized other candidates for not using that term, most candidates and analysts were quick to condemn him for being ‘Islamophobic’, however not a single candidate was willing to accept that religion may have played even a small role or that incorrect interpretations of Islam can also exist among individuals who take advantage of the vulnerable and radicalise them. Failing to provide a alternative narrative to the one provided by Trump, the Democrats made the idea itself a taboo — They simply stated that Trump was a racist and Islamophobic. This occurred in almost every political discussion that Trump initiated. Whether it be the Wall, the “Muslim Ban” or Trump’s promise to bring “the jobs back” and “Make America Great Again” the Democrats (Hillary Clinton) criticized the individual Trump and failed to provide an alternative narrative. This allowed Trump to bring issues he wanted to the forefront and eventually his narrative as the dominant one.
When Trump took office, the rhetoric around Trump was pushed to the limits. More politicians and analysts chose to focus and bring attention to Donald Trumps tweets rather than his policies. More outrage was caused because Trump’s comments about Mika Brzezinski than his policies…