Chuck Grassley Begs WH Officials To Intervene With Trump Or Face 2020 Defeat
On January 2, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) Tweeted,
Will somebody [with] access to the Oval Office read the WSJ editorial “The Trump Referendum” to President Trump.
The editorial which Grassley refers to is from the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, published on June 25. This editorial expresses the board’s opinion that President Donald J. Trump is on the road to losing the November 2020 presidential election.
- The editorial board observes that Trump’s “approval rating has fallen to the 40% or below that is George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter territory.” Bush and Carter did not win reelection as incumbent presidents.
- The board claims that “Trump has reverted to his worst form,” and that although his “record fighting the coronavirus is better than his critics claim… he wasted his chance to show leadership by turning his daily pandemic pressers into brawls with the bear-baiting press and any politician who didn’t praise him to the skies.”
- The board accuses Trump of having “all but given up” on talking about the COVID-19 pandemic instead of offering any “realism and hope.”
- The board asserts that America “wants firm but empathetic leadership after the death of George Floyd.” However, Trump instead “offers combative tweets that inflame.”
- The board observes that “Biden hasn’t even had to campaign to take a large lead. He rarely leaves his Delaware basement, he dodges most issues, and his only real message is that he’s not Donald Trump.”
The board adds,
Mr. Trump’s base of 35% or so will never leave, but the swing voters who stood by him for three and a half years have fallen away in the last two months. This includes suburban women, independents, and seniors who took a risk on him in 2016 as an outsider who would shake things up. Now millions of Americans are close to deciding that four more years are more risk than they can stand.
As of now Mr. Trump has no second-term agenda, or even a message beyond four more years of himself. His recent events in Tulsa and Arizona were dominated by personal grievances. He resorted to his familiar themes from 2016 like reducing immigration and denouncing the press, but he offered nothing for those who aren’t already persuaded.
In his Tweet, Grassley worries that “We won’t [have] more good scotus justices or the best economy in 50 years like we [have] had if he doesn’t follow [the Journal's] advice” to develop a more robust second-term agenda based on the work of his advisers, especially in the realms of school choice and economic recovery.