But Trump isn’t going to go down without a fight, and his reelection strategy is starting to take form. Indeed, we can see the outlines of a five-point plan that his team will count on to retain control of the Oval Office.
Prop up big business and Wall Street: The President will do everything in his power to help the financial sector and make sure federal funds are directed toward big business interests. Trump was surely pleased that Wall Street enjoyed its best month in April in 33 years even as the nation faces a looming recession.
Trump, who has repeatedly taken credit for the booming economy in the last three years, has always been aware that what’s good for big business and high finance is good for his political standing. Over the next few months, it’s likely the President will try to keep his high-income supporters happy.
Fuel red state anger: President Trump has been using his Twitter feed to incite the anger that is brewing over the Covid-19 economic shutdown. Trump has shown his support for an increasing number of Americans who are understandably frustrated with the lockdown measures that have, in many cases, upended their lives, with the aim of cutting off the contagion that has killed more than 66,000 people across the country.
Destroy Biden: With former Senate aide Tara Reade coming forward with allegations of sexual assault against Joe Biden, the President is licking his chops.
It has never been a secret that President Trump plans to destroy Biden’s reputation. This was the motivation at the core of the Ukraine scandal that ultimately kicked off his impeachment, and the playbook he used against Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Now the President has another controversy on the table — one that has a number of Democrats calling for further investigation. Unlike the attacks against Hunter Biden, this charge is directly aimed at the former Vice President, and at raising serious concerns about his conduct and character.
Biden has adamantly denied the charges and there are many serious questions about Reade’s allegations. But unless he can decisively quash the allegation, Republicans will have one more talking point they can use to question whether Biden is a man worthy of holding the Oval Office — even though their own candidate has a long list of sexual assault and harassment accusations against him.
The move harkened back to his 2016 campaign promise to build a wall along the southern US border. This time, the President’s executive order was much more limited in comparison, with a long list of exceptions.
Expect more of the same. Trump believes that anti-immigration rhetoric is one of the easiest ways to mobilize supporters around an imagined threat that unites them behind his candidacy, regardless of what he actually does for them. Trump can be the president of Wall Street, in his mind, and still win the support of rural working-class voters if he plays to their cultural rage. His nativist attacks on immigrants have always been the key to his conservative populism.
This is the five-point campaign strategy that the President will likely use as he seeks another four years in the White House. His team is hoping that he can defy the odds and follow in the footsteps of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, both of whom won a second term despite Democrats feeling that there was no way the nation would ever accept four more years of, what they believed to be, a total failure of leadership.