President 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?
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)
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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