Initially, the mainstream media supported candidate Trump in his bid to become the GOP nominee and defeat the 16 other opponents. They freely provided him with free coverage believing that he would be a weaker candidate against their preferred Democratic nominee and therefore would result in an easy win for the Democratic party. After the primaries and seeing Trump’s resounding success, the mainstream media went on the offensive by digging up anything that could help smear the reputation of the GOP nominee.
With the passing of Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia, a Supreme Court judge, it became clear to both the Republican and Democratic parties that whoever wins the 2016 presidency could significantly affect the ideological composition of the Supreme Court.
The stakes were simply too high. The Supreme Court nomination was one of the main reasons why many Republican evangelicals stood by candidate Trump even after he was accused of numerous cases of sexual harassment, including one in the 1980s. Candidate Trump denied all the allegations, but it was extremely difficult not to get distracted by some of the allegations and NBC’s release of the Access Hollywood audiotapes.
As Judge Merrick Garland was not provided with due process for almost one year, the Democrats had vowed to block the Supreme Court nomination by any possible means.
The nomination process of Judge Kavanaugh has energized both the Republican and Democratic Party’s bases to become more active voters. Kavanaugh’s confirmation reinvigorated the Democrats and especially women to get out and vote. Without political power through the ballot box, they stand to lose all future Supreme Court nominations. The Republicans were energized because they are truly disgusted with the unfair treatment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. His family faced death threats and his reputation has been forever smeared by the uncorroborated allegations; more recently, he is no longer able to teach at Harvard because of protests from students and alumni.
One of President Trump’s main campaign promise was to build a wall at the southern border to prevent illegal immigration, human trafficking and to stop terrorists/criminals and illicit drugs from getting into the country. Since December 2019, the United States government has been officially shut down because the budget to keep the government running has not been approved by the President, House, and the Senate. President Trump has threatened to veto any budget proposal that did not include $5.7 billion dollars to fund a barrier along the southern border.
To conclude objectively whether Trump’s strategy and strategic leadership have been successful and phenomenal, we will first review President Trump policies and the Trump administration’s achievements at the two-year mark. We will then specifically examine the strategic leadership qualities exhibited by Donald J. Trump that relate to qualities identified by Clausewitz, Machiavelli and those of selected successful leaders in history.
This section projects the issues that could significantly impact the 2020 elections. By having deliberate strategies to achieve success in these areas, President Trump could significantly enhance his chances of securing a victory in the 2020 presidential election. It will discuss how and why President Trump will win the 2020 election.
For the next two years, President Trump needs to focus on a few core strategic issues. These include going on the offensive against the smear tactics of the Democratic party, further growing and sustaining the economy, immigration reforms, and the border wall, winning over the independent, African American and women voters and developing a world-class infrastructure.
The Mueller special counsel investigation has been the greatest distraction to President Trump and his administration. Not only has the Mueller team spent at least $35 million dollars, on this investigation, it has also tied down the resources of Congress, Department of Justice(DOJ), courts and FBI officials for over two years. The mainstream media have spent more than 80% of their airtime focusing on the alleged Russian conspiracy or obstruction of justice crimes.
Peter Stzrok, a former FBI investigator fired from Mueller team, sent out the following text to Lisa Page:
“I want to believe the path you threw out in [former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s] office — that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take the risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
– Peter Strzok
An attack is often the best form of defense. There are numerous policies of the Democratic Party that could easily energize the conservative base and independents, and scare most Americans. Some of the policy positions of the Democratic party and its 2020 candidates are so extreme that they risk alienating all 8 percent of their moderate white voters and even their Hispanic voters. Extending free healthcare and education to illegal immigrants would have been inconceivable a couple of years ago.
This section pays tribute to Donald J. Trump, his diehard supporters, well-wishers and staff who have stood by the President throughout his campaign and the Russian collusion investigations. President Trump is acutely aware that without his supporters, he could not have achieved his political and policy victories.