Donald Trump spent most of his day on Thursday flaming the fires of fear and pushing conspiracy theories that he believes could be key to keeping him in power beyond 2020.
The Trump administration finalized plans to target undocumented families in mass raids on Sunday. He announced the raids in advance not only for its political effect but to cause fear and anxiety in 10 cities. Trump seems to feed off the fear of immigrants.
He let the rejection of the citizenship question on the census go but stated that liberals want to hide “illegal aliens in our midst” and then went on to question the loyalty of his opponents.
“This is part of a broader left-wing effort to erode the rights of the American citizen,” he said.
He held a bizarre “social media summit” of invited conservatives. He attempted to redefine free speech as information that is favorable to him. He even went as far as to state that Democrats were attempting a communist takeover.
“Some of you guys are out there. I mean it’s genius, but it’s bad,” Trump told a crowd.
Two invitees to his summit almost threw hands in the Rose Garden after the event.
Back in June, Trump actually stated that the stock market will collapse if he is not re-elected.
“The Trump Economy is setting records, and has a long way up to go,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “….However, if anyone but me takes over in 2020 (I know the competition very well), there will be a Market Crash the likes of which has not been seen before!”
These recent events are just a glimpse of the “bunker mentality” that has shaped Trump’s re-election campaign. Trump’s bet is that a “fired up base” will be able to counter any liberal enthusiasm and offer him a path to re-election.
If we are honest, Trump’s entire presidency has been a frightening lesson in base management. Trump has mastered the art of distraction.
There is no guarantee his methods will work in 2020. Moderate voters outside Trump’s red state heartlands were alienated by his explosive tone on immigration in the midterm elections. The President’s strategy could also inflame the Democratic base turnout.
There are many, including members of his own administration that fear if Trump loses the 2020 election that he will refuse to step down from power.
Trump has even gone as far as to suggest he’ll attempt to add two more years to his presidency. He’s also suggested that a president should be president for life.
It’s impossible to predict what Trump may attempt to keep himself in power. One thing, that is certain, the 2020 elections are going to be unlike anything we have ever seen before.