leading up to the 2016 presidential election, Democrats, experts, and all of the pollsters nearly guaranteed that Donald Trump would not become president.
Now, six months into the Trump presidency they never believed was possible, Democrats have already begun choosing candidates they believe can beat Trump in 2020.
Former President Barack Obama and his advisers have been operating behind the scenes to not only strengthen the “resistance” movement against the Trump administration (dressing up petty, partisan politics in a noble name), but to also find the perfect Democrat standard-bearer in the next presidential campaign.
According to Politico, Obama and two former top advisers, David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, want former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to run for president in 2020. The trio have been pushing for the 61-year-old Democrat to consider a White House bid ahead of 2020.
Jarrett, one of Obama’s closest advisers, told Politico that Patrick’s launching a presidential run would be what her “heart desires.”
“He has the ability to touch people’s hearts as well as their minds,” Jarrett said, no doubt speaking for Obama too. “I think our country is ready for that now — let alone in three years.”
Axelrod, who served in the Obama administration from 2008 to 2011, also worked with Patrick when he was governor.
“He’s kind of a natural to look at because he was a successful governor, he is an inspiring guy, and you have to ask yourself, ‘what is the country going to be looking for in their next president after this guy?’” Axelrod said.
Democrats may feel optimistic internally about their chances in 2020, but they felt the same way ahead of the 2016 presidential elections, too. Nearly all media outlets, journalists, and “experts” decried that there was no way Trump could beat Hillary Clinton, yet he defeated the former secretary of state by piercing the Democrats’ “blue wall” in the Electoral College, with victories in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.
While former first lady Michelle Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden have denied they will run in 2020, it may not matter who Obama summons to run for president. Democrats still do not have anyone with national name recognition to run against Trump.
The media would love to spin it otherwise, but Trump retains strong support among the Americans who elected him. A Reuters poll from May indicted that 82 percent of Trump voters would vote for Trump again if they election were held that day. In that same poll administered in July, the percentage of Trump supporters who said they would vote for him again was 88 percent.
In other words, Trump’s base appears to be growing amid historic resistance from Democrats, a mainstream media almost uniformly opposed to his administration, and a Republican Congress hardly passing much of his agenda.
If Trump can handle all that, it’s a good chance he can handle Deval Patrick, too.
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