Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) suggests that there might be some question about the Rust Belt wearing Comrade Trump’s MAGA hat:
“President Donald Trump’s aides and allies are moving aggressively to shore up his support in three Rust Belt states that propelled him to the presidency — but where his own polling shows him in trouble heading into 2020.
“Trump will travel to Pennsylvania Monday for a rally that comes after recent visits to Wisconsin and Michigan, two other states at the center of his reelection strategy. Those appearances are just the most public display of his team’s efforts to fortify his standing.
We note that the YouTube above is the defunct Bethlehem Steel World HQ in Pennsylvania. We include it only for illustration purposes.
“Behind the scenes, they’ve rushed to the aid of languishing state Republican Party machines and have raised concerns that a potential GOP Senate candidate in Michigan could hurt the president’s prospects there. They are also scrutinizing the map for opportunities to fire up his base in the trio of states.
In other words, in addition to losing the farming states in the midwest, he’s also losing the manufacturing states in the midwest.
“The moves come at a time of growing anxiety over the geographic linchpin of his 2020 hopes. The Trump campaign recently completed a 17-state polling project that concluded the president trails Joe Biden in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan, according to two people briefed on the results. America First Action, the principal pro-Trump super PAC, is expected to conduct its own polling and focus groups in Pennsylvania and Michigan later this summer.”
Axios morning email thingie also has some info on Prznint Stupid’s campaign plans (emphasis is theirs along with the enigmatic use of bullets):
What’s new: President Trump plans to formally launch his re-election campaign next month, likely with a burst of swing-state rallies, Republican sources tell me.
- Why it matters: Trump’s personal campaign approach is aimed at sowing further division in the huge Democratic field, and trying to dominate the news so the national discussion hovers on his turf.
What’s next: In conversations, Trump makes it clear that he thinks of the official kickoff as June 16 — four years to the day since he rode down the gold escalator in Trump Tower to announce his improbable 2016 run.
- That date is Father’s Day this year, so look for events around that date, not necessarily on it.
- One ignition plan calls for a cluster of Make America Great Again rallies, although nothing has been finalized.
Be smart: Watch for Trump and his campaign to try to sap attention from Democratic debates with their own counter-programming.