Why Is President Trump Still in Campaign Mode?

presidentPresident Trump rose to political office by stirring conflict. Asked to justify his claim that Americans are not bothered by his highly irregular stunts, refusal to release his tax returns, dishonest tweets, and other drastic measures, Trump replied simply: “I won.” Regardless of how he won, he is, in fact, the president, so why is Trump still in campaign mode?

It was his “in your face” style and anti-establishment sentiment that drew many of his keenest supporters. He appears to view life, whether in business, trade negotiations and now politics, as a series of fights from which only the winner emerges with credit. Of course, he recently added the White House to his victory, which seemingly confirms his belief.

As recent as Monday, the president was in Kentucky rallying a large crowd as if he is still fighting for votes. Who is going to tell him that the election is over and it is now time to run the country? There are many theories on why Trump feels the need to remain on the campaign trail. Here are a few:

  • The energy is addictive: The crowd feeds Trump’s ego. The dynamic of the campaign has spilled over into the actual presidency and seems to fuel Trump’s need for fan mail. He loves the energy the crowd brings and seems more comfortable in campaign mode.
  • Responding to his critics: He feels the need to respond to his critics and show them that he still has a fan base and can “always” have the final word. It seems everyone is obsessed with watching the ongoing boxing match between Mr. Trump and the media so the president “gives them what the want.” Additionally, the campaign trail allows him the propensity to veer off script and the proclivity to hit former foes.
  • For additional support: The presence of social media during his campaign has now become the norm for the former reality television host and he continues to use it along with varying rallies in hopes of gaining additional support from supporters as well as non-supporters. It is obvious that Trump prefers Twitter as an effective communication tool that allows him to circumvent traditional media.  Although he has the title, Trump still seeks validation from his own party along with supposed haters.

During the Freedom Hall rally in Kentucky, Trump found time to go after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick but failed to mention FBI Director James Comey’s explosive testimony earlier to the House Intelligence Committee. President Trump veered off script during the campaign-style rally and attempted to credit himself for the player’s free-agent status. To the crowd’s applause, he said:

There was an article today that was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that?

President However, the question remains, “Why is Trump still in campaign mode?” During each press conference as well as additional rallies, it is clear that the leader of the free world is yet waging a campaign…even though he is already the president. It is as if Hillary Clinton and former President Barak Obama are still in the ring with him. Maybe his new goal is to influence the public to believe his words as the only reliable news medium.

Corruption and media bias have become a recurring theme for Trump. He feels rallies and tweets are his way of getting the public to hear him above the chatter. While many would rather see him run the country, Trump has created a powerful media channel of his own which he is not likely to relinquish. Between his many vacations and unnecessary rallies, many are wondering why Trump is still in campaign mode. Perhaps, the president of the United States of America is still in campaign mode because he does not believe his win was legit.

Opinion by Cherese Jackson (Virginia)

Sources:

The Hill: Trump hits Colin Kaepernick at Kentucky rally
The Washington Post: President Trump’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Twitter day
Wall Street Journal: Why is Trump Still Campaigning?

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One Response to "Why Is President Trump Still in Campaign Mode?"

  1. Ky. Colonel   March 21, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Trump only knows how to fight…I didn’t say fight fairly…but fight….and he’s figured out how to win at any cost. He has no clue about being the President of the United States and as long as he is indulged by those who try and cover up and put a spin on his outright lies, he will continue. He is like a small child who will do anything ,no matter how outrageous, to get attention. He has yet to accept responsibility for any of his lies but always finds someone else to blame.. Is he brain damaged? I think he has his daughter (who elected her) sitting in meetings because he is unable to process what is going on. and her job is to remind him of what happened. He sits there in the meeting thinking up another outrageous thing to say to deflect from his inability to function as president and to make sure he stays in the news. It’s become a “what outrageous thing did he do or say today”. Really, the President of the US has time to pay attention to what is going on with the Apprentice and with football players…give me a break. I fear he does want to start a war so he can get dressed up in a military uniform and play soldier. .if he does, and I’m not sure this Congress is ready and able to tell him “no”, let’s draft his sons, especially since he chickened out. Let’s draft the sons of all his rich minions now surrounding him, but don’t send Sean, he gives us too much fodder for Saturday Night Live.
    What an embarrassment he is to the US. His name will go down in history…just as his poll number will (continue) to go down. If he weren’t so obnoxious, he’d be pathetic. And, if the press ever stopped reporting his every word but just gave a summary every two or three days of his activities. he would implode…gotta have the attention…attention addict, that’s what he is.

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