I want your support. But I don’t crave your attention.
Have you all read The Art of the Deal?
A fascinating book. Trump reveals a lot about himself. “The final key to the way I promote is bravado,” he tells his readers. “I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves,” he adds. “But they can get very excited by those who do. That is why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest, the greatest and the most spectacular.”
We owe the president thanks for his biggest, best ideas. But at the end of the day, ideas aren’t enough. Trump oversold his ability to execute his ideas. A lot of us believed his hyperbole, because he’s a talented showman, and we want the best for our country, so we wanted to believe. But the Republican Party can’t afford to spend four more years led by a man who can’t deliver on his bravado.
America can’t afford it.
I’ll be honest with you, now and always: Choosing a new nominee carries risks. But so does sticking with an incumbent like Trump as more and more Americans get tired of his broken promises. The Republican Party stuck with George W. Bush in 2004, even as his mistakes were becoming more and more obvious. And while he won the election against John Kerry, the debacle of his second term led directly to eight years of Barack Obama. Let’s not make that mistake again.
The warning signs are there. Trump has already helped fuel a Democratic majority in the House. And while many of you love that he drives the left crazy, like Richard Nixon did, he also makes the left more extreme: more zealous in their political correctness, more supportive of socialism and open borders and reparations, and more powerful in the Democratic Party than they’d be without him.
I can Make America Great Again for the next four years without radicalizing the next generation against the Republican Party, or alienating whole races and religions, or creating a pendulum swing that gives the country eight years of President Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, beginning in 2024. Trump couldn’t even win the popular vote against “Crooked” Hillary Clinton, one of the worst candidates in American history. And you’re assuming he’s the best shot to win in 2020.
I’ll beat the Democrats in the Electoral College and in the popular vote. All I need from you to make it happen is help sending Trump back to Mar-a-Lago––but on his own dime for once, not at taxpayer expense. Every Monday, for the next eight weeks, I’ll release specific plans and promises for how to do better than he has done on health care, on the economy, on immigration, on taxes, on foreign affairs, on climate change, on infrastructure, and on the opioid-drug epidemic.
He’ll respond with personal attacks. When he does, remember that it’s because after four years, he still doesn’t have answers about how to make your lives better, or how to clean up the swamp, or how to Make America Great Again.
But I do.