Will Donald Trump Easily Win in 2024? His Family At Least Thinks So…During the U.S.-led coalition invasion of Iraq in 2003, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf served as minister of information and acted as spokesman for the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party and the Iraqi government. He was soon nicknamed “Baghdad Bob” or “Comical Ali” for his notable and often colorful television appearances where he made dubious claims and suggested Iraq was winning the war.
He would cite “authentic sources – many authentic sources.” At one point he famously stated there were no American tanks in Baghdad, even as the sound of U.S. troops could be heard in the background.
Al-Sahhaf is hardly the first propagandist whose outlandish statements sound like those of a sycophant. One only listens to the official lines from lawmakers in Washington to hear similar nonsense.
Case in point, the National Review’s Nate Hochman recently described Karine Jean-Pierre as a “world-historically bad press secretary” who must often invoke a get-out-of-jail-free card by stating either “no comment” or “let me get back to you.”
Let’s face it, covering for President Joe Biden is probably never easy. But the same could be said of those in former President Donald Trump’s camp as well. Yet, some of what Trump’s supporters have to say is simply beyond shocking.
The Official Line on Donald Trump
This week, the former president’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump, wife of third-eldest son Eric Trump, suggested Donald Trump would claim an “easy win” in the 2024 presidential election if he runs against President Joe Biden.
Ms. Trump, who worked at Fox News until December, told Sky News host Erin Molan that she can’t wait for 2024 for her father-in-law to “turn this ship around,” referring to the “failed America” under Biden.
“The truth is he (Joe Biden) has shown the American people just how poorly one can perform if given the opportunity,” Ms Trump added.
“Because if you look at the America he inherited under my father-in-law and you look at how far it has fallen … under his ‘leadership,” said Lara Trump.
“A lack of leadership on our southern border which is wide open, and is not only allowing millions of illegal immigrants to pour into America but fentanyl that is killing 100,000 Americans a year.”
While not exactly accurate points – none of it actually explains how it would be an “easy win” for Trump, who currently trails Biden in most national polls. Trump also trails Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is seen as a rising star in the Republican Party.
Denying the truth – just as Comical Ali did in Baghdad in 2003 – won’t change the facts.
Saying that Donald Trump will have an easy win actually suggests that it isn’t just the former president who can’t accept the outcome of the 2020 election and is unwilling to see the challenges ahead. There is showing support for a loved one, and then there is simply being detracted from reality.
It would also be foolish for any candidate to expect an easy win.
Ronald Reagan was all but guaranteed an easy victory in 1984. The economy was strong, and he was popular with the American people. Yet, Reagan worked the campaign trail, while the campaign produced effective television ads. Reagan went on to win in the greatest landslide in the nation’s history – winning more than 500 electoral votes and carrying 49 states.
Trump is no Reagan.
Likewise, there is a lesson from 2016. Hillary Clinton also expected an easy win as well, having readied fireworks on the Hudson River (later canceled as the polls began to tighten), while a she held her election night party under a real glass ceiling at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Center.
As the evening wore on, the event turned from a celebration to practically a funeral wake.
In other words, don’t ever proclaim it will be an easy win – or else, you’ll just look comical.
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A Senior Editor for 19FortyFive, Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer. He has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers, and websites with over 3,200 published pieces over a twenty-year career in journalism. He regularly writes about military hardware, firearms history, cybersecurity, politics, and international affairs. Peter is also a Contributing Writer for Forbes and Clearance Jobs. You can follow him on Twitter: @PeterSuciu.