Democrats are clearly rooting for another Trump presidential bid

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If, as expected, Donald Trump announces that he is running for a third term tonight, one unlikely group will be cheering him on: Democrats.

“As an American, the idea of ​​another Trump campaign and all his lies and divisions and his efforts to undermine American democracy is an absolute horror show,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who aligns with the Democrats, told New York. The times “On the other hand, I have to say that as a politician who wants to see no Republican elected to the White House in 2024, from that perspective, his candidacy is probably a good thing.”

“I think we would all like to see Donald Trump run again,” former Virginia governor and Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe said in a recent interview.

And there is political logic. The point is that Trump has never won a majority of the national vote. He was president when the Republicans lost the House in 2018. He lost the white in 2020. The stolen election claim blamed Republican losses in the January 2021 Georgia Senate primaries, which allowed Democrats to take control of the chamber. And this election cycle, Trump-backed Republicans — many of whom were election denialists — lost critical Senate and gubernatorial races.

National exit polls in the midterms also indicate that Trump is past his sell-by date. Only 39% of voters said they viewed Trump favorably, while 58% said they viewed him unfavorably. And 28 percent of voters said the House vote was cast against Trump, while 16 percent said the vote was a sign of support for the former president.

Now, of course, if you asked any Democrat (including Hillary Clinton!) which Republican they wanted to run against in 2016, they would all say “Donald Trump.” And we know how that turned out.

It’s worth remembering, then, that just because Democrats are cheering for another Trump bid doesn’t mean he’ll be easy to defeat (if he ends up as the Republican presidential nominee).

But there’s little doubt that the Trump of today is far more attractive than the version of Trump who ran for president in 2016.

Back then, he portrayed himself as the ultimate outsider, someone who could bring his street smarts and business acumen to run the country. People wanted something different, and Trump definitely delivered.

But the picture is very different now. More elected Republicans have publicly said the party needs to move forward after disappointing midterm elections. There has also been some talk of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as a credible alternative to Trump.

The above will have no effect on Trump’s decision-making or the type of campaign he runs, of course. Trump lives in a fantasy world of his own creation, where he is a hero who fends off the forces of evil to save America. Or something

point: That is it’s notable that Democrats are publicly rooting for another Trump bid. And it’s something that should give smart Republicans pause.