As the president heads into his re-election campaign facing considerable headwinds, Republican party officials from 50 states are confident that Trump is in a much better position than the polls suggest — with some even predicting a landslide victory, Politico reports.
President Trump was thought to be in a strong position for re-election before the coronavirus pandemic sparked a serious economic downturn — and his prospects seemed to dampen further as a polling deficit against Joe Biden reportedly set in, and racial unrest exploded across the country.
GOP: Trump in strong position
While Trump’s advisers, Republican senators, and reportedly Trump himself are feeling some jitters, Republican Party officials at the state and local levels haven’t been taken in by the atmosphere of doubt, according to Politico.
“We’re thinking landslide,” said Phillip Stephens, GOP chairman in Robeson County, North Carolina.
The main argument for Trump’s re-election — the economy — is not in the robust state it was months ago, but Republicans are confident (like Trump) that a recovery is coming, as Trump looks ahead to heralding a “transition to greatness” at his first MAGA rally in months this weekend.
And despite the gloom and doom in the news media, enthusiasm for Trump on the ground remains high.
“Contrary to what may be portrayed in the media, there’s still a high level of support out there,” said Kyle Hupfer, chairman of the Indiana Republican Party.
Confidence remains high
But a storm of political chaos is continuing to shift the pieces around, and how it will all end up is anybody’s guess: while some Republicans complain that Trump hasn’t done enough to quell nationwide unrest over police brutality, others think that he can simply sit back and let Democrats seal their own doom.
It’s also unclear how a demoralizing Supreme Court decision on LGBT rights will affect religious voters motivated to a large degree by Trump’s promises to appoint conservative judges.
But party officials told Politico that a growing movement to “defund the police” could hurt Biden, and they aren’t discounting the possibility that turnout for Trump will once again buck the complacent expectations of pollsters.
“The narrative from the Beltway is not accurate,” said Joe Bush, chairman of the Republican Party in Muskegon County, Michigan. “Here in the heartland, everybody is still very confident, more than ever.”