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:
Netanyahu cancels UN visit over post-poll ‘political context’
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled his planned visit to the United Nations General Assembly due to the "political context" in Israel, sources in his office told AFP Wednesday.
Initial results from Tuesday's general election show Netanyahu's Likud party tied with the Blue and White alliance of his main challenger, former army chief Benny Gantz.
According to Israeli media, with more than 90 percent of ballots counted, Netanyahu's right-wing Likud had 31 seats, while Gantz's Blue and White took 32 places in Israel's 120-member parliament.
If the results hold, it will be a major setback for Netanyahu, who hoped to form a right-wing coalition similar to his current administration as he faces possible corruption charges in the weeks ahead.
Whoopi Goldberg drops the hammer on Trump impeachment: ‘We’re a lawless country right now — open your eyes’
"The View" host Whoopi Goldberg urged viewers to open their eyes to President Donald Trump's lawlessness -- and demand accountability.
The show's panelists discussed former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, which co-host Abby Huntsman denounced as a "total embarrassment for democracy," and Goldberg said it was even worse than that.
"Even if you start to impeach him, he's there for the next two years," said Goldberg, who was wearing a wig from her upcoming role in Stephen King's "The Stand." "It's going to take that long. Look how long it took to impeach (Bill) Clinton."
Let me take you down: Strawberry Field opens to public
Beatles fans can now take a trip through the childhood sanctuary of John Lennon that inspired the seminal song "Strawberry Fields Forever", with the former children's home opening its doors to the public.
Lennon used to climb over the fence from his aunt's house, where he grew up, and play with other children at the Strawberry Field orphanage.
Its importance in shaping Lennon's personality was laid bare in the classic 1967 psychedelic hit.
Around 60,000 fans flock each year to the site to have their photographs taken outside the famous red gates, but until now have never been allowed beyond.