While his legal team refuted point by point Democratic House managers’ allegations against him on Saturday, President Donald Trump was looking past the impeachment drama to prepare for a reelection battle.
It’s not clear at all who will emerge as his opponent — former Vice President Joe Biden, along with Sens. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) are the frontrunners, with former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg rising quickly.
But the president’s reelection campaign is wasting no time raising money, publicizing his accomplishments, and strategizing against the most likely candidates he will face.
“The Left’s entire scam is based off of hearsay, NOT FACTS, and it should have never gotten this far. But, it looks like it’s going to take more than just the truth to get through to their tiny brains so we’re going to have to do something BIG to get their attention,” the campaign wrote in a fundraising pitch to supporters.
It brought in $2 million on top of the 2020 Trump-Pence reelection campaign’s record-breaking fundraising figures.
The president flew to Florida on Thursday for winter meetings — a pep rally of sorts — with the Republican National Committee. Officials said they won’t be raising money during the session at Trump National Doral Miami, the Washington Times reported.
“The goal is to help highlight the record energy and momentum we are seeing across the country for our unparalleled infrastructure and ground game that will be key to reelecting President Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot in 2020,” Republican National Committee spokeswoman Mandi Merritt told the paper.
On Friday, Trump returned to Washington to become the first president to personally attend and address the annual March for Life event, in support of a pro-life, anti-abortion agenda.
As for the campaign, Trump is clearly attempting to play the foil. On Thursday, he tweeted, “Crazy Bernie takes the lead in the Democrat Primaries, but it is looking more and more like the Dems will never allow him to win! Will Sleepy Joe be able to stumble across the finish line?”
Political science experts said it was clear that the president has ulterior motives in highlighting Sanders, who is not the preferred candidate of the Democrat establishment.
“Because the impeachment centers on his efforts to undermine Biden, who he believes would be his most formidable opponent in 2020, he has backed off on Biden but embraced the Democrat he most he believes is the most beatable — Bernie Sanders,” Ross Baker, a politics professor at Rutgers University, told the Times.
“The president relishes the idea of running against an opponent who would not reject the label ‘socialist.’ The president believes that the label is toxic,” he added.