Trump is so afraid of a primary challenge to his failing presidency that he's sending pamphlets about his "accomplishments" to Iowa voters.
It’s just under a thousand days until the 2020 presidential election. But Trump is so unpopular and disliked that he is already working to fend off possible Republican challengers. And he’s starting in Iowa.
Politico reports that Trump’s “campaign committee printed glossy, 10-page pamphlets outlining Trump’s accomplishments during his first year in office and delivered them to local GOP meetings in Iowa.”
The Iowa caucus is the first electoral event, where both parties begin the selection process for their eventual nominee. And this move by Trump signals paranoia about his position within the party and a concern that voters may abandon him.
The Trump pamphlets highlight topics like “protecting life” and “ending job-killing regulations.” And they reflect the Trump team’s continuing detachment from reality by insisting his administration has been “making government accountable.”
Far from accountable, Trump has presided over a series of corruption scandals. Cabinet officials take luxury trips on the public dime. His top cronies like son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump had access to top secret material without security clearances.
And of course, Trump himself continues to generate millions in personal revenue via his real estate holdings. And he’s using the federally-financed office of the presidency to whip up business for those properties.
There is also the matter of the ongoing special counsel investigation that has racked up a pile of convictions and indictments, including the chairman of his campaign.
Politico reports that the Trump White House is “monitoring potential Republican challengers” to prepare for the future. Among those Trump is worried about are Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, and Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake.
Trump’s White House has been in a perpetual state of chaos since his administration began. He has lurched from one self-generated crisis to the next, always picking the path of bigotry and incompetence over leadership.
His poor approval ratings are his own fault, and voters are already champing at the bit to rebuke him at the polls.
Despite his bravado, Trump appears quite fearful. Not only is he concerned about the Democratic Party — he’s also looking over his shoulder at his fellow Republicans.