Should he or shouldn’t he?
The bet among most is that Donald Trump is going to run again in 2024, which begs this question. Should Trump run again in 2024?
The unfolding disaster of the Biden presidency is a gift to Donald Trump. Soaring gasoline prices, runaway inflation, rampant crime, the day-by-day catastrophe on the southern border, the shambolic withdrawal from Afghanistan and foreign policy chaos under Joe Biden are all stark reminders of better times not that long ago.
Had Biden simply taken Trump’s playbook, made a few alterations to it to appease his lefty base, and otherwise left the key elements of Trumpism in place – that is to say principally border policy and energy policy – Biden would be credited today with running a successful administration.
But Biden came into office and in literally the first hours began undoing as much Trump policy as he could. Biden’s poll numbers are now in the 30s and sinking like a stone. He’s ripe to be picked off, which suggests that a Trump 2024 candidacy would be an easy win.
But is a second Trump run a good idea?
I was late boarding the Trump train. I did so only as I became increasingly convinced that he was the one guy who would stand up to the corrupt corporate media and the entrenched Washington establishment.
The strength of America – indeed the strength now of Western democracies – is the great American invention that we call the middle class. The middle class was in steady decline prior to Trump’s presidency. The Trump economy and policy agenda reversed that decline. That reversal has now again been reversed.
Which argues for Trump 2.0.
But if Trump runs, the now hyper-progressive Democratic Party and a fatally corrupt media will align to destroy him – personally. Every day will bring some new “bombshell” revelation — something, anything – that can be stretched or bent or simply conjured out of thin air to fit a virulently anti-Trump narrative (e.g. Russian collusion). The resulting distraction will take too many eyes off the very serious problems that now confront the country.
Trump is by no means innocent in his own suffering. His penchant for personal attacks and name calling when silence would speak louder creates needless agita. Many times, even as he stood astride great policy success, Trump was his own worst enemy.
Has he learned anything? My fear is that he hasn’t.
So, for all that I appreciated about his presidency, I’m a “no” on Trump 2024. Of course, I will always admire Donald Trump for what he accomplished, despite having been screwed royally by a corrupt media, a corrupt Democratic Party, a cosmically corrupt Department of Justice and a distressing number of gutless Republicans.
Trump policy will be on the ballot in 2024. Perhaps Trump’s greatest accomplishment is that Trumpism is now well baked into the Republican Party pie.
Which is why Trump the man can and should sit this one out. For the sake of the country and the party, Trump’s proper role is now kingmaker, rather than king.