Buried deep within a New York Times report on plans being made for Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election effort, some aides to the president are worried the 72-year-old president is showing signs of his age and may not campaign as hard as he did in 2016.
Of immediate concern to the campaign staffers is the possible uphill battle they will face in securing the electoral votes in the Midwestern battleground states that — surprisingly — went for Trump in 2016.
The Times reports, “Democrats and Republicans see an electoral map that will be far more challenging for Mr. Trump, whose support in three key states has sagged, and who faced an invigorated and organic level of Democratic turnout.”
Additionally, Trump’s people fear an internal revolt that might disrupt his path of the nomination.
“Mr. Trump’s interaction at the 2016 convention with a group of “Never Trump” Republicans that included high-profile delegates like Ginni Thomas, the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, was a searing experience for him, aides say, and his team is looking to avoid a repeat,” the Times reports.
Then there is the matter of Trump’s age and his refusal, as of late, to schedule multiple rallies — including ones that involve substantial travel.
“After two years in office, Mr. Trump, 72, is tired, aides said. The unstoppable campaigner, so far, will commit to participating in only one campaign event a day, and recently balked at a possible rally out West during a fund-raising swing,” the report claims. “The rally may still happen, people familiar with the plans said, but only because campaign officials insisted on it.”
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