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Trump 2020 Began When the Midterms Ended

From NY Magazine

With the contentious mid-term elections behind him, Trump is now ready to go all in with his bid for re-election in 2020. On hand as the mixed results of the 2018 streamed into the White House’s “watch party” were his 2016 campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and his 2020 manager Brad Parscale.

Hamburgers and hot dogs regaled the guests who consisted of not only his aides but also a sizeable number of his contributors. Watching the election results with the President were Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter, and fracking billionaire Harold Hamm.

President of the super PAC America First Action, Brian Walsh, said that Trump’s reelection campaign starts now.

“It’s all in and all on the line.”

Trump supporters believe that the resulting divided government, with the Senate controlled by the Republican Party and the House by the Democrats, will force Trump to fight, and fight hard, for his own political survival. However, pundits point out that historically, poor midterm results are not necessarily a death knell for the incumbent president. Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama came back to win re-election after even worse mid-term defeats during their first terms. Both presidents easily won second terms.

By Gail Nussbaum

Gail Nussbaum has been involved in politics and diplomacy for over 15 years. Her interest in foreign relations, economics and budget policy has led her to her position as fiscal policy writer at Left Justified. Gail can be contacted at gailnussbaum(at)leftjustified.com.