President Donald Trump has been down in the dumps lately, no question. If you read our article yesterday, you’d know Trump’s prospects for re-election are dubious at best. For a man who hates to lose above all else, the idea of Trump stepping down before the end of his first term isn’t unheard-of.
Well, a Republican Party operative reportedly told Fox News that Donald Trump may drop out of the 2020 presidential race if he believes he has no chance of winning. The author of the Fox News report had spoken to “major players” in the Republican party for the piece. One of these major players described Trump’s tone as “fragile” as his chances of a second term looked progressively gloomy.
Upon hearing of this report, I took to social media to see what the mood was among liberals. You would have thought Trump had just been assassinated. I imagine the majority of people were commenting in passing or in anger, but it was clear they were not thinking straight. Excitement over Trump stepping down now, before the 2020 campaign even officially begins, is simply premature. Period.
I know, people around the world have been waiting for that man to leave office. Whether by choice or by force, from the moment he was sworn in. Well, the world should be patient for the next few months.
If Trump quits now, the prospects of a massive Democratic victory in November evaporate quickly. Vice President Pence doesn’t suddenly take over at the top of the ticket. Republicans will have the opportunity to select a new nominee. A Republican who isn’t racist, who can think, who can talk, someone who can give Joe Biden a run for his money.
Let’s face it, Biden isn’t creaming Trump because of something Biden is doing right. He’s leading because of everything Trump is doing wrong. The fact is, and I’m sure this will piss off a lot of liberals, but Biden is as flawed a candidate as any Democrat in modern history, worse than Clinton.
Biden might have forty years of experience, but through most of those years, he’s been on the wrong side of history (DOMA, Crime Bill, Iraq War, etc). He still is. Coming out against Medicare for all during a pandemic? Come on. Healthcare aside, there are many angles to Joe Biden that a competent Republican candidate can exploit.
That’s not to say Biden would automatically lose if his competition should change up. Trump or no Trump, Republicans will feel the wrath of voters on their Covid-19 response alone. You can expect Republicans to lose some House and Senate seats, but the presidency could be a toss up.
The point is liberals should not be so quick to celebrate the prospect of Trump stepping down. Not before he has a chance to lose (and lose bigly). If the orange menace stays in, the outcome is almost assured. If he leaves, all bets are off.