This column make similar points to the ones in my post from March 12th.
Trump is already running for reelection in 2020. He has filed paperwork, appointed a campaign manager, created a slogan and started fundraising.
I did not watch his speech in Pennsylvania on Saturday but I have read a lot about it and seen clips. I would say it was mostly a 2020 campaign speech with the rest being a presidential speech (like when he talked about policy on drug dealers). Accordingly, the Democrats should get equal time from the TV networks equivalent to the amount of time the speech was a reelection speech. Otherwise, it is very unfair to the Democrats.
Trump is an expert at manipulating the TV networks to get more coverage. He did this during the primary and general election and he’s doing it now. Remember how the networks showed his speech in Florida with the Trump water and steaks?
Trump’s speech last night was largely a campaign speech for his 2020 campaign (from my analysis of what I read about it). It was supposed to be about the Republican candidate for Congress, but with Trump it’s always about him.
- Trump filed paperwork to run for 2020 a year ago.
- Trump appointed a campaign manager for 2020.
- Trump has a slogan for his 2020 campaign
- Trump’s 2020 campaign has over $20 million in the bank already.
In light of all this, I think the TV networks need to give Democrats equal time when Trump gives a campaign speech like last night. I understand why they cover it since he is the president. However, it’s unfair to the Democrats that he gets free air time for political messages.
The Democrats don’t have a candidate yet but I am sure they could find someone to give a response similar to the responses to the State of the Union messages.
Trump is a terrible president but he is a master of manipulating the TV networks. He got a lot of free TV time in the primaries and general election because he said outrageous things that would draw viewers. He’s doing it again and it’s already creating an unfair environment for 2020. Sad!
Since Trump is already running for re-election, Hatch act restrictions apply to Federal employees.