An MSNBC panel speculated that one of the things President Donald Trump will do when he announces his reelection campaign this week is run a rerun of 2016. The reason, the panel explained, is he thinks it’s the one thing that has worked for him.
Sunday, it was announced that Trump was so furious with his lousy poll numbers that he fired the team of pollsters. Trump apologists claimed that the anger had more to do with the leak of the poll numbers to the public.
Either way, Trump is in trouble, whether he’s willing to admit it or not. But his solution is characteristically “Trump.”
The Washington Post’s Bob Costa said that since the 2018 election, Trump has claimed that he has the magic formula for the GOP and Republicans that lost did so because they ran from him and his policies.
“The alarm’s been ringing since 2018 when they start suburban voters start to drift from President Trump and the Republican Party,” Costa said. “Private polling across the GOP has reflected ever since the summer of 2018, almost a year that the president and the White House, his political operation, I talked with them this asking, ‘What do they make of it, is this accurate?’ And they said they’ve been struggling in some of these states.”
Indeed, cable news outlets have been in critical states Trump won in 2016 and interviewing some of the voters who once supported former President Barack Obama but then but voted for Trump in 2016. Costa said that the Trump campaign admit that they see numbers dip, but they think there is still a path to victory in 2020 by stoking their own base.
He’s “going back to immigration, back to trade,” Costa said. “And that’s why when you wonder why are they choosing their policy decisions, part of it is because there are insane internal numbers that show deflation among some Trump course of orders.”
Trump has tried to run on the slogan “Promises Made, Promises Kept,” but he’s run into problems as he’s been unable to achieve many of his campaign promises.
The one promise Republicans made in 2016 was for a big hefty tax cut. While they achieved the goal, it’s been a massive albatross around the party’s neck as giving money to the rich and corporations didn’t trickle down to American taxpayers. When Republicans attempted to run in 2018 by promoting their tax cut, they heard significant backlash, even from their own supporters.
All that is left for Trump to do is run on the same issues in 2020 as he did in 2016. It’s unclear if that will work, but he’s certainly going to try it, Costa said.
Watch the panel below:
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Ambassador Gordon Sondland delivered complex and convoluted impeachment testimony on Wednesday about his involvement in President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal. He gave detailed evidence recounting the president and the rest of the administration’s involvement in his effort to get Ukraine to launch investigations of Trump’s political opponents — including by leveraging a potential White House meeting and a hold on military aid.
But he also, to the Republicans’ delight, left some ambiguity about how much Trump had been involved in the effort to leverage the aid, saying that he had “presumed” Ukraine’s announcement of the investigations would release the hold. And he noted that, in one phone call the president — as the scheme was slowly being uncovered — Trump angrily denied there was a quid pro quo.
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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue that the testimony of E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland actually helped President Donald Trump — and was promptly challenged.
"I think the Democrats had a good morning. I don't think they had a good afternoon," said Santorum. "I think what when the Republicans actually started questioning Sondland about the details, I think it fell apart a little bit."
"How so?" asked Chris Cuomo.
"He said the president never said any of these things to him," said Santorum. "In fact, what the president said, he quoted what the president said is, no, there's no quid pro quo. What he says is, well, I'm surmising, this is what I'm just sort of gathering. Did anything come from the president? No, it came from Rudy Giuliani."
‘The cost of acquitting Donald Trump just went up’ for the Republicans: MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid
MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid explained during the post-hearing wrap-up that things aren't looking good for Republican senators up for reelection in 2020.
In the wake of EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony, things are getting more difficult for Republicans faced with a vote on impeachment.
"Even if [the numbers] don't move, the problem is going to be a lot of these people have to run for re-election, letting the president off the hook when it's pretty clear what happened," Reid said. "This is pretty simple, and if I'm Cory Gardener (R-CO), I'm not feeling great."
Brian Williams noted that Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) is one of the many Republicans "who's leaving town on a fast horse." If anyone could be pealed off by Democrats, Williams thinks it is Hurd.