The 3 Pillars Of Trump’s Reelection Campaign Are Shaking Simultaneously

March 23, 2020   |   by James G. Dalton

In a little over a month, the three pillars underpinning President Trump’s argument for reelection have crashed: “the greatest economy ever;” running against Bernie Sanders and demonizing socialism; and “draining the swamp” of big government as the administration combats the virus with big government and attempts to revive the economy through corporate bailouts, said CNBC’s Christina Wilkie.

President Trump’s entire reelection campaign was built on the “greatest economy ever.” A feel-good movement that was really overhyped. As the economy started to slow in late 2018, the president started focusing on the soaring stock market in early 2019, mostly because inflation, manufacturing, and employment were decelerating. But with the economy and stock market now crashed, President Trump’s economic narrative has been virtually wiped out in a matter of weeks. Now his administration faces depression employment and growth numbers in the second quarter.

S&P500 Crash Analogs 

Another pillar of the president’s reelection campaign that came crashing down was the centric focus on demonizing Bernie Sanders and socialism. However, with Joe Biden surging in the primaries, that argument has become a lot less effective in the last three weeks.

“Americans of all political beliefs are sick and tired of the radical, rage-filled left socialists,” Trump said at a campaign rally in New Jersey in late January. “Really, the Democrat Party is the socialist party and maybe worse.” Later in the rally. Trump claimed that Democrats “have never been more extreme than they are right now,” adding: “These people are crazy. They’re taking their cues from socialists like Bernie [Sanders].”

The Biden campaign was on political life support last month. Everything changed when he won South Carolina’s primary election by a massive 30 points.

Since then, Biden has been on a tear and has won a large share of Democratic primaries and delegates. Earlier this week, the former vice president won contests in Arizona, Florida, and Illinois, which we noted has pretty much cemented his chances of becoming the nominee.

The Biden bump and Sanders stumble is bad news for the president:

“Trump was very much hoping to run against Bernie Sanders and play the so-called socialism card, and now that plan has also fallen apart,” said Matthew Barreto, a professor of political science and Chicano studies at UCLA. “Vice President Biden is going to be a very formidable opponent, who has more experience than Trump does in the White House.”

The last pillar to be ripped down has been “drain the swamp,” and “downsize the bloated federal bureaucracy.” The president’s virus response has been “a whole-of-government approach.”

President Trump’s downplaying of the virus last month led to containment windows for large metro areas across the country to be missed, partly the reason why confirmed cases are following an exponential curve today, due to a solid month of community spreading. The mortality rate has stayed low because the hospital bed and ICU-level treatment capacity can still handle the influx of patients across major hospital systems. However, when the most vulnerable can no longer be treated, that is when deaths start to rise.

USA Virus Map (as of 3-20-20, 0815ET) 

The president’s pitch of the “system is rigged,” and socialism is evil, has also fallen apart after his administration is now proposing emergency bailout loans to corporate America. The administration is also adopting socialist universal basic income in the form of stimulus checks for tens of millions of Americans impacted by the virus.

With the economy crashed and a depression imminent for the second quarter, Biden’s next narrative could be that he singlehandedly saved the nation from the 2008/09 financial crisis with his role in the 2009 economic recovery package during the Obama administration.

“You are going to hear Biden talk more and more about his role in the 2009 economic recovery package that he helped promote during the Obama administration,” said Barreto. 

With the election and a potential recession looming, Trump’s boasting of the “greatest ever” economy, stock market, and employment markets are over.

“Trump has to be careful now, not to say things that contradict the evidence of ordinary people’s experiences, what’s right in front of them every day,” said William Galston, a senior fellow in governance at the Brookings Institution.

Wilkie concludes by saying:

“In order for Trump to make a cogent argument for reelection, he will need to find a way to reconcile the two contradictory versions of himself that he’s currently projecting. There’s precoronavirus Trump, who built an entire presidency on principles such as not giving away government benefits for free and not trusting career bureaucrats. And there’s post-coronavirus Trump, who tweeted out this message, previously unthinkable, on Wednesday morning.”

“For the people that are now out of work because of the important and necessary containment policies, for instance the shutting down of hotels, bars and restaurants, money will soon be coming to you,” the president said.

via zerohedge

Recent Comments

  1. John F Scanlon

    March 23, 2020 @ 2:16 pm

    I believe it would go a long way with the nation, if aid to major corporations were in the form of buying stock and then eventually reselling on the open market at a profit. If the government owns a significant share of stock, it should also have a member on the board of directors.

  2. MMcLaugh

    March 23, 2020 @ 2:38 pm

    The one pillar of President Trump’s reelection, which may be reinforcing and growing stronger, is the will of WE, The People, who do not appreciate being poisoned by a Deep State that has infiltrated OUR federal government.
    President Trump, his administration and those Republicans who support US, are clearly working hard to keep US healthy, safe and prosperous.
    Equally clear is the blatant effort to bring OUR great Republic down with great and oppressive effort in an attempt to scare and threaten Americans to try to get them to submit. Democrats are playing every card to directly challenge OUR constitution and the will of The People. In their own words, “At any cost!” which is to say “At EVERY cost to US!” It’s an all-or-nothing hand they’re playing and they are all in.
    This is what the new war looks like and WE are in it.

  3. PlumHunter

    March 23, 2020 @ 2:49 pm

    WHAT???!!!!! No more MAGA, MANnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!! Our once great and powerful leader is turning into a damn socialist!!!! I thought tax cuts and bailouts were only for big corporations and the rich!!!!!! Come on orange kumquat dome!!!!! Now you’re giving the farm away to poor and hard working Americans!!!! What the hell has happened to you???? Been smoking some of that whacky tobbacci? And what is this consulting and allowing scientists and people with actual medical degrees to speak up about the virus!!! I thought you were the most stable genius ever and knew everything about everything!!! You knew everything about this corona virus when it started a few months ago!!! What happened? Getting too much from Melania or Stormy and the others and it is warping that once fantastically intelligent brain which now has apparently shrunken to the size of a pea!!!! Time to start your effort to rig the elections – get your buddy Putin to help you! Maybe he can poison Biden and you would be home free!!! If that does not work, then refuse to leave office next January and declare martial law. I’d love to see those dumb Dems and radical socialists flood the streets! Then you could call out the National Guard and give them what they deserve. Another Kent State would be great for the nation. Bring back the MAGA, MANNnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!

  4. Chris DeMeules

    March 23, 2020 @ 3:32 pm

    James Dalton, who wrote this article, is obviously so full of vitriol and hate and one-sided that he must be somehow in the pocket of the deep state or being extorted from an adenachrome addiction! Lol! Trump did make the economy great! Coronavirus scare is what is causing the current situation! The DNC just like in the last election took over the voting system and got rid of Bernie. Now the so-called debacle of their new app in Iowa that they didn’t want any help with that totally failed, the DNC is once again muscling in on which democratic person will be picked to run against Trump. Biden is clearly a deep state puppet, that is very feeble-minded. It’s more important who his vice president will be. Even as Trump uses money to help with the coronavirus he’s being called a socialist? meanwhile attacking him for not closing things down sooner and making light of the virus which is already over the bell curve. The death rate is the same as any simple flu that we’ve had for decades and was not worth all the mainstream media hype. But if you don’t totally agree then you get attacked by the mainstream media and all the Lefty politicians! Trump is showing that he knows when to unite and work to protect regular America and Americans. meanwhile James Dalton and all the insane lefties think they are showing us how good they are by attacking and hating and twisting the truth. I pray for you all that you will be found to be in a momentarily lapse of reason and not completely insane in your vibration. You also don’t say anything about the 30000 American troops going to Europe and teaming up with NATO and the draining of the swamp that strongly appears to be happening. but being the fake skewed news you don’t report on the silliness of your side. Change your wicked ways James Dalton! LOL 😅

    • Wayne Saulter

      March 25, 2020 @ 6:51 am

      Chris, I’m not sure what is really going on here, I have read many editorials from James G. Dalton and this is the very first one that doesn’t appear to be very pro-Trump. In fact if you look who posted all of these articles you will find that they are posted by and James G. Dalton is the Chief Editor of MAGA News 2020. It does appear that whoever wrote this article is hating on Trump and suggesting that he doesn’t have a chance to win the upcoming presidential election in November. Something is screwy about this!

  5. Helen N

    March 23, 2020 @ 6:58 pm

    Whatever happens, we stand for President Trump because he was not the one who created the corona virus, he and his team are making efforts to contain it! President Trump and your Team, we are with you, praying for you, God is helping you and your Team! Don’t get discouraged, our beloved President. The stock will improve by and by! The enemies of the people will themselves be destroyed by the corona virus!

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