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Tags: 2020 Elections | Donald Trump | red wave | reelection | second term

What Next for Trump?

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Marek Jan Chodakiewicz By Monday, 23 November 2020 08:14 AM Current | Bio | Archive

I have received lots of questions by the Intermarium's perplexed fans of the United States of America in general, and President Donald Trump in particular. Most want to know what comes next for the American head of state. There was even an offer to boost him with the famous "Solidarity" logo.

I responded that America needs national solidarity very much and that the president would be wise to incorporate into his struggle the legacy of the Polish trade union-cum-independence movement, because of its unabashed Christianity, patriotism, and anti-Communism. This is just what the doctor's ordered for the U.S.

As for the future, President Donald Trump has five major options on the table now. First, he will continue on as our commander in chief at least until January 2021. However, he needs a miracle to force Joe Biden to concede defeat. Short of a full recount in Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan as well as county-by-county legal challenges, which would go in favor of the Republican, backed by a Supreme Court miracle, and a pro-Trump vote in Congress, the media-certified Democratic victory may very well become a fait accompli.

Second, should that come to pass, Trump can retire and fade away. That is perhaps even less likely than Biden throwing his hat in willingly. The current president of the United States is a fierce fighter and he will go out fighting. He came in with a bang and will go out with one. If anything, he owes it to his 71 million plus voters to fight to the end. And I mean not just to the end of the current electoral battle, but to the end of his life.

Third, Trump can announce now that he will run again in 2024. That means that the next four years will be relentless campaigning. After the first disastrous 2 years of the Biden administration, when all the pre-existing problems will become compounded by the Democrat's "more progressive government" approach, the chickens will come home to roost and the Republicans will most likely sweep Congress.

Do your remember the promises of the Blue Wave that was going to swamp us? Yup. It will. Except it will be a Red Wave, undetected by any "fair" mainstream polls.

Whether or not the momentum can be sustained into 2024, it is another story. True, Trump's energy levels are legendary; he still bounces like a spring chicken but in four years the president will be 78 Will his health hold out? Let's hope so. However, a strategic planner should have another option lined up.

Fourth, Trump will anoint a successor for Trumpism without Trump. My pick is Senator Tom Cotton, all around. He would help elucidate ideas that should galvanize Americans to deliver a stunning Republican victory. Trump so far has branded with his name the grassroots rebellion that carried him into the highest office in the land but has failed to articulate coherently what the anger is about. We need a positive message for America's populist nationalism which Tom Cotton can deliver.

Fifth, thus, Trump will spend the next four years shilling and stomping for the message of populist nationalism. Aside from his star power, the president also wields substantial funds. He further can fundraise, not only among his zillionaire buddies, but also among the folks. Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding will be indispensable to create a permanent organization to carry the message and deliver elections consistently at the local, state, and national level.

Here the president faces two choices: either infiltrate and take over the Republican Party or create a new one. The latter sounds tempting, as in an apocalyptic new beginning, but it is a recipe for disaster, as evidenced by the sorry lot of Teddy Roosevelt's Bull Moosers and Ross Perot's followers.

As for the Grand Old Party, the RINOs, neo-cons, and other never-Trumpers will do anything to obstruct the ascendancy of the popular nationalists in the leadership. However, if all politics is local, they will be voted out at the grassroots and contained at the top. Trump needs to carry his insurgency now into the Republican party machine. And that is his sixth option, which tallies with numbers four (Cotton) and fifth (populist nationalism).

Seventh, to align all the ducks President Trump needs constant media presence. Although there is no bad press, he should stop continuing to rely on negative coverage by mainstream liberal corporate media to get his message across. He needs his own venue. Perhaps, in a short run, he should accept Newsmax's invitation for his own show or even effect a friendly merger with the sympathetic media organization.

The president can further establish his own media empire from scratch, which would be perhaps more difficult. Or, finally, in a bout of poetic justice, Trump can also buy CNN, fire all the leftists, and replace them with veteran movement conservatives and ebullient rightist whippersnappers to make it the greatest show on earth, just like Colonel McCormick taught us some 100 years ago.

One way or another, Trump's not going away anywhere. Four more years in or out of office is a minimum he owes his followers. Knowing him, he will stay in the game until he leaves this vale of tears. Then we'll have to reckon with his kids; let's hope they don't elect to return to the globalist milieu they used to hang out with; let's pray they do not turn out like the heirs to Rupert Murdoch's Fox News.

And that is my response for our friends in the Intermarium, Poland and Hungary in particular. They get the U.S. How about that national "Solidarity" logo, Mr. President?

Marek Jan Chodakiewicz is Professor of History at the Institute of World Politics, a graduate school of statecraft in Washington D.C.; expert on East-Central Europe's Three Seas region; author, among others, of "Intermarium: The Land Between The Baltic and Black Seas." Read Marek Jan Chodakiewicz's Reports — More Here.

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