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Trump builds ‘turnkey’ campaign operation for 2024
The former president is signaling a heightened interest in a rematch with Joe Biden — and laying the necessary groundwork.With a flurry of activity from his main political committee and hints dropped in private conversations with confidantes and advisers, Donald Trump is signaling a heightened interest in reclaiming the White House — and laying the necessary groundwork to do it.
Donald Trump is, at root, just an overgrown kid. And not in any good way.
Trump's childishness shines through in an excerpt from the soon-to-be released book by authors Bob Woodward and Robert Costa detailing the then-President's attempts to cajole then-Vice President Mike Pence into overturning the 2020 election.
Here's the key passage --:
"When Pence did not budge, Trump turned on him.
"'No, no, no!' Trump shouted, according to the authors. 'You don't understand, Mike. You can do this. I don't want to be your friend anymore if you don't do this.'"
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Start here: As an adult, can you imagine ANY circumstance in which you would tell another adult "I don't want to your friend anymore"? Like, taking all of politics and the stakes out of this, and it's just not the sort of thing a normal adult would say to another adult.
And yet, the President of the United States did say exactly that to the vice president of the United States with the fate of the 2020 election (and the broader health of democracy) in the balance.
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The reason is simple: Trump is deeply childish.
Consider it: He is remarkably self-focused. He wants what he wants when he wants it. And when he doesn't get what he wants, he throws a temper tantrum.
As former presidents come together, Donald Trump resists joining chummy 'Presidents Club'
The self-described "different kind of president" has shunned others who worked in the Oval Office – and the feeling seems to be mutual. While previous presidents have fought with each other, Trump's outspoken disregard of other presidents is unique, especially so soon after leaving office, political analysts said. "He prides himself on his separateness," said presidential historian Kate Andersen Brower, author of "Team of Five: The Presidents Club In The Age of Trump.
His presidency is littered with evidence of this behavior.
Remember the letter he sent to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer last spring in response to the New York Democrat's push for more federal involvement in the coronavirus response?, the letter "reads like a sort of Mad Libs you might fill out and leave in the locker of your 7th grade enemy."
Or that time whenbecause he didn't like being asked so many questions about his response to the Covid-19 pandemic? (The interview was in October 2020 -- as the country approached the peak of the pandemic.)
Or all of the nicknames Trump likes to bestow on his political opponents? (Is there anything more fundamentally un-adult then using nicknames to deride people?) Or the hundreds (thousands?) of tweets put out by Trump both before and during his presidency in which he attacked the looks or intelligence of someone he didn't like?
Trump endorsements stoke dissension in GOP ranks
While the party is focused on the November 2022 general election, Trump’s gaze is fixed on the primary election season that begins next spring. “Donald Trump is continuing to add to the chaos in the Republican Party. It’s confusing the average Republican voter,” said Georgia GOP Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, a Trump critic who is not running for reelection.
You don't even need to believe me when it comes to Trump's childishness. His one-time national security adviser John Bolton described Trump aswhen asked about Trump's barb that
The former president of the United States appears to have never really, well, grown up. As the Northwestern University psychology professor Dan P. McAdamsof Trump in June 2016:
"Trump has never forgotten the lesson he learned from his father and from his teachers at the [military] academy: The world is a dangerous place. You have to be ready to fight."
Donald Trump, a man who led this country for four years -- and who appears to be planning to run again for the presidency in 2024 -- is stuck in his childhood. Scary.
Opinion: How we can repair the damage of the Trump presidency .
In the torrent of books published about Donald Trump's presidency, few have offered recommendations for both repairing the damage done by his norm-busting term and addressing the vulnerabilities he revealed in our existing system of checks and balances, Michael D'Antonio writes. But in "After Trump: Reconstructing the Presidency," legal scholars Bob Bauer and Jack Goldsmith offer a blueprint that the government could follow to correct those weaknesses.