Republican Candidates Pose No Threats to Trump’s Reelection

Samantha Garcia/Staff Writer

So Trump is obviously running for re-election in 2020. To be honest, I can’t say it wasn’t expected. I mean, nobody would voluntarily risk joining Chester A. Author in the list of forgotten presidents.  

As President, Trump passed a tax bill that successfully lowered taxes for approximately 80% of Americans,  according to the Tax Policy Center. He also nominated two conservative judges that were welcomed into the Supreme Court. The unemployment rate has also remained low throughout his presidency due to the booming economy.

Former congressman from Illinois, Joe Walsh, like Trump, opposes the Affordable Care Act, and has said that as a nation, America can’t afford to pay for universal, government-run health care.

“We’ve got to get to a place… where Medicare and government-provided health care is always there for people in need, but the rest of the American people need to begin assuming the responsibility for the day-to-day costs of our health care,” he said in an interview with PBS NewsHour.  

Good old capitalism. Here come the socialists to protest. I can almost hear them chanting “Medicare for all.” He, alongside many Democratic candidates, also believes that the United States has to devote resources to deal with asylum cases more urgently.

The dirt on Joe Walsh includes his promotion of falsehoods about former President Barack Obama and the use of racial slurs on his show. So he and the incumbent president are on equal playing fields when it comes to morality and social acceptance.

Former Gov. of Massachusetts William Weld presents himself as a voice for the alienated moderates and mainstream conservatives. He takes a liberal approach on the legalization of recreational marijuana, yet he’s conservative when it comes to favoring free trade and moderate immigration reform. 

But who knows – he might be the dark horse.  

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, like Walsh, was a full-blown Trump supporter – until he decided he wanted to run for president too. 

Here we go again, Gold and Glory tearing morality and relationships apart; good old American spirit. 

His main concern is America’s endlessly accumulating debt, but it’s naive to believe that the debt will subside within his presidential term – if he manages to get elected or even as far as nominated.

In the Democratic Presidential debate on Thursday, Sep. 12, one of the news anchors described the ideal candidate as able to “stand up against Trump and have the image of presidential capability and ‘actually win’ a debate against the president.”

Similarly, the Democratic candidates weren’t exactly worried about the other Republican candidates. They unanimously expressed their disdain for the incumbent president, painting him to be the largest obstacle in the election and American progression as a whole.

That being said, Weld, Walsh and Sanford are regarded as the middle child that nobody pays attention to.

Trump will probably be renominated by the Republican party only because of his impact on the economy and the impressively low unemployment rates. I can’t say I’m upset about it; we can’t make America great again in only four years. 

Cheers to another four.



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