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What if Trump Ran as an Independent in 2020?

By Rob Tenery, MD on January 2, 2018

 When President Trump announced his candidacy, no one, except maybe columnist Ann Coulter, gave him much of a chance, even for the Republican nomination, much less the presidency. He was the outsider, real estate mogul, TV personality, who decided to take on Washington.

In his first campaign speech, his disparaging remarks about the Mexicans coming across our southern border illegally put him at odds with our neighbors to the south. Then the world community challenged his campaign promise to putting a stop to immigration from predominately Muslim countries until a better vetting process could be instituted. He was also painted as anti-back, although that has not been documented.

As Trump’s poll numbers grew, the old guard of the Republican Party even called on their poster boy, Mitt Romney, to block his nomination. When the Party’s selection, Jeb Bush faulted, the two Bush ex-presidents piled on Trump too. During the debates not only did his fellow candidates let loose on him, but even some of the moderators got in their shots as well. In turn, he hit back twice as hard, leaving most of the remaining candidates bloodied and resentful. In the general election, he took on the Democrat’s ‘preordained’ candidate and out-campaigned her to victory.

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 Trump feels he was elected to restore this country to its rightful position, not by taking over, but pushing our allies to do their part and forcing our enemies to take notice.

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He has been given many labels, but the current is that he is a conservative populist, who claims to represent the 'people’. But isn’t that the mantra of all candidates? It’s just they represent different constituencies. In reality, the opposite may be true. It’s the people who line up behind the candidate who more closely aligns with their views.

Currently, the media has taken over, acting as the purveyor of what they determine each candidate’s positions are; then slant them to fit the their point-of-view. Trump has been able to bypass much of this bias by tweeting directly to his ‘people’, which turns the mainstream media even more against him.

It is hard to believe Trump entered the political arena for the money or even the glory when 90-95% of the press and the major outlets are negative toward him. He is unique, operating more on his own principles than Party politics or popularity.  He seems to have his hand on the pulse of the problems that are working to make this country not so great again. He may be a populist to his ‘people’, but his popularity has paid the price.

Whatever accomplishments Trump has garnered this year, none came with any Democratic support. Until his Supreme Court nominee was accepted and the recent passage of the tax legislation, he was given only begrudging Republican support.

Trump is a novice in the political milieu of Washington, as seen by his delays in getting full staffing approved through Congress for the different departments of his administration. Thus, he has had to keep in position many holdovers that are still more aligned with President Obama. His accomplishments in this first year are still notable, however. Among them are doing away with many past regulations by Executive Orders and lower court judicial appointments.

With the recent signing of the new tax legislation, maybe Trump’s consolidation of the Republican Party behind him is turning around. Not so much that the old guard of the Party likes him any better, but now wants to get on board of Trump’s train before it leaves the station.

Trump has strong support with at least 25% of the electorate that will follow him whatever he decides to call himself.  Right now he has no support from the Democrats. But with the way their Party treated Bernie Sanders in his quest for the nomination and when Keith Ellison, with ties to anti-Semite groups and his past relations with the Nation of Islam was just a few votes away from becoming the head of the DNC, the Party is on shaky grounds unless they can build support around a leader that won’t take them even further left that they already are.

It might be safe to say that if Trump declared as an Independent for the 2020 election, he could add 5 maybe 10% of the Sanders’ holdovers who feel that one ‘political screw-job’ was enough. That would leave the ‘never Trumpers’, the old guard and the moderate wing of the Republican Party to run against an incumbent president.  Their incumbent president!  Whatever that support turns out to be should get him another 20% from the electorate that is staunchly anti-Democrat. Declaring as an Independent would also cut deeply into the Republicans' state support, giving the Democrats a clear edge in many state houses and Governorships. Adding Trump’s numbers up, that takes him to 50%.

Trump has no qualms seeking support from where he can get it. It’s important to remember he was a Democrat before he was a Republican. So was Ronald Reagan. Romney’s followers, the Bush’s and the ‘never Trumpers’, need to realize that he won the election with his ‘people’ and, unless he stumbles along the way, he will probably win again in 2020, as either a Republican or an Independent.

Trump’s goal is to make this country energy independent, economically sounder, and domestically and militarily safer than when he took office. He doesn’t seem to be bothered by what constituency gets him there. He’s not afraid to go against the tide as seem with his decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem, despite criticism by the vast majority of the members of the United Nations. He’s taking another look at what he calls a ‘really, really bad deal” with Iran to delay their nuclear program.

He is not one to sit back, letting others fill a void. Trump feels he was elected to restore this country to its rightful position, not by taking over, but pushing our allies to do their part and forcing our enemies to take notice.

Even if Trump were to do the unlikely and run as an Independent if his own Party won’t align with him, a coalition might well form to push him to another four years. Label him what you want, in reality, he is an Independent populist for his ‘people’.





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