Could Trump Win in 2020?

President Donald Trump listens during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

It seems like as each day passes, President Trump grows more and more unpopular. Yet, according to a recent CNN poll, the number of Americans thinking Trump will win reelection is actually increasing. In March, Americans were more likely to think that Trump could not win; however, it seems like those chances are growing larger, as the percentage of people that think he can not win has gone from 54 to 47 percent. This is alarming, as it demonstrates that Americans’ faith in the democratic system is eroding and people are becoming more and more cynical.

It seems that people are becoming more complacent with this administration soiling the US’s reputation. Although outrage seems to come from every article and news story covering Trump, this does not seem to affect the voting of the American people. People became enraged whenever Trump said another provocative, immature attack on whomever criticized him, yet he won the election. America cannot let this happen again. Republicans are adamant on nominating Trump again for their ticket in 2020; the CNN poll indicates that 74 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents want Trump to be the party’s nominee in two years. They know Trump’s repulsive campaign strategy can work a second time if people are still cynical and complacent about stopping him.

A major part of stopping Trump will be the Democratic nominee. They simply cannot nominate another Hillary Clinton; although she was a perfectly qualified candidate, she was in the wrong race. The Democrats need to nominate someone with a fire in their belly, someone who can elicit as much enthusiasm as Trump can (although hopefully a more positive, wholesome enthusiasm). Right now, according to the recent CNN poll numbers, former Vice President Joe Biden is favored among Democratic voters. Biden does have a positive reputation, but can he match Trump when it comes to showmanship? The Democrats need to be willing to play a bit dirty. They need someone who can hold rallies and have a dedicated fan base similar to what Trump has. It is unfortunate that politics has resorted to this level, but showmanship is necessary in today’s environment. The internet has reduced news stories to 280 characters and videos to 30 second clips. The next Democratic nominee needs to be able to utilize this modern news environment just like Trump has, and truly sell why he or she needs to be the next president.

In these turbulent times, do not sit back and accept that Trump will get eight years to stain American history. There is potential for change, but people have to want it. Vote for the candidates that will do everything in their power to change the direction this country is going toward. The Republicans know that as of right now, it is very likely that Trump will win in 2020. I am tempted to agree with them, but I do not want to. I want to believe that the Democrats will learn from their mistakes in 2016 and, learn that the traditional way of campaigning is no longer effective. In this age of short attention spans and snapchat stories, candidates need to sell themselves in a different way. Our job is to receive their pitches and vote them into office. Make educated choices and vote for the candidate with the winning personality. It is sad these days that personality comes before the platform, but this unfortunate fact cannot be ignored, it must be taken advantage of.


Ben Crnic is a contributor for the The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at benjamin.crnic@uconn.edu.