In 2016, Donald Trump achieved the most significant political victory in American history. He defeated Hillary Clinton, Washington’s finest information on the former first lady, senator and secretary of state. For Clinton fans, a victory was unthinkable, but Trump’s straight talk, confidence, demeanor, America First agenda, and most of all, his determination to fight, put him over the top.
His campaign staff lets Trump be Trump, and that’s the Trump we all love. We applauded when Trump jabbed his opponents in both the Republican primaries and the presidential race. Nothing gave me greater satisfaction than to see him condemn the politicians who had failed the American people so miserably. Trump crushed the GOP elite by handing power to the people.
Opponents piled on Never Trump, but he triumphed. Unfortunately, Trump’s 2020 campaign bore little resemblance to 2016. He was undermined by people competing to see who could tame Trump the most or use him for personal and economic gain. Instead of being rabid defenders of Trump, the 2020 campaign team was careful to protect its image.
Despite the impact of Covid-19, Donald Trump received the most votes of any current US president.
Trump’s presidency was the first to be defined by the president himself. It is fantastic to see Trump make his final bid for the presidency in 2024. Joe Biden’s administration is trying to destroy America with open borders, skyrocketing energy costs, and bringing us closer to war.
The Americans are putting out the bat signal, calling for real leadership. A poll conducted this summer by Monmouth University found that 88% of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track.
Trump’s “America First” platform, with secure borders, energy autonomy and a military approach to peace, is a blueprint for a stronger nation. Trump will need more than his agenda and track record to win the presidency in 2024. Trump is the key to his success. People close to Trump appear to be working on a 2020 style makeover to make him look more presidential and professional. Trump voters in 2016 were not looking for a statesman, a career politician or even a diplomat.
Especially in a world dominated by despots like Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping, and a bureaucratic quagmire run by Beltway politicians. We need someone to stand up to them – Trump has done that.
The 2022 midterm results should be a warning that Trump’s “restraint” will lead to a loss in the 2024 presidential election. It was frustrating that Trump was limited to reading speeches at the midterm rallies instead of speaking from the heart, being provocative and stirring up the media. As in 2016, everyone will be against Trump in 2024, and he will not be able to win without skilled strategists and staunchly loyal defenders who are not afraid of a good fight.
Republican primary success is guaranteed by the MAGA base, but Trump’s appeal to the mainstream, simply by being Trump, will get him into the White House.
Rasheed Walters is an entrepreneur, political commentator and historian. He is a member of Project 21 and lives in Boston. Follow him on Twitter @rasheednwalters.