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Trump Reelection Campaign, RNC Merge Into One Body Called ‘Trump Victory’

Trump Reelection Campaign, RNC Merge Into One Body Called ‘Trump Victory’

The campaign and RNC hope this move alleviates any tension they had in 2016.

President Donald Trump has shown us that he does things differently and his 2020 reelection campaign is no different.

Politico reported that Trump’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) will merge into one group named Trump Victory.

From Politico:

The goal is to create a single, seamless organization that moves quickly, saves resources, and — perhaps most crucially — minimizes staff overlap and the kind of infighting that marked the 2016 relationship between the Trump campaign and the party. While a splintered field of Democrats fight for the nomination, Republicans expect to gain an organizational advantage.

There is another benefit as well: With talk of a primary challenge to Trump simmering, the act of formally tying the president’s reelection campaign to the resource-rich national party will make it only harder for would-be Republican opponents to mount a bid.

“We are going to streamline this presidential campaign like no presidential campaign has been streamlined before,” said Chris Carr, a veteran party strategist who has been tapped to serve as political director on the Trump reelection effort.

Speaking to the departure from presidential campaign tradition, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel called it “the biggest, most efficient and unified campaign operation in American history.”

Usually the incumbent president has his own campaign that works with the national committee of his party.

Politico called Trump’s campaign more as “a stark expression of Trump’s stranglehold over the Republican Party.”

However, it looks like it might be the right strategy after the confusion that took place in Michigan and Florida in 2016, two key states for elections:

By melding the Trump campaign and the RNC field programs, party officials hope to avoid the tensions that hampered the 2016 effort. In one notable instance, Trump organizers in Florida bitterly clashed with committee officials who’d been dispatched to the state — a dispute that led to a late personnel shake-up in the all-important battleground.

In other key states like Michigan, party officials recalled confusion between the two sides over how to plan for rallies and get-out-the-vote events.

Trump ended up winning both states.

Republican strategist Scott Jennings, who worked for President George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, appears to like this idea after the 2004 Bush reelection campaign had some tension with the RNC:

The setup contrasts sharply with past Republican presidential bids, which were divided between official campaigns and the national committee. Veterans of George W. Bush’s 2004 effort — regarded as a model for how reelection campaigns should function — recall isolated instances of tension with the RNC.

“While we had good cohesion in my experience on the ground in three presidential campaigns, it’s always better when chains of command are unified,” said Scott Jennings, a longtime Republican strategist who worked on the George W. Bush and Mitt Romney White House bids. “It improves efficiency and heads off rivalries about who had what organization on their business card.”

Trump’s campaign will base its headquarters in Rosslyn, VA, which is where his political advisors met with top officials in the RNC. They offered ideas how the campaign “will be organized and financed, and how they expect to function.”

It sounds like a decent move to me, especially since the Democrat Party is in disarray and doesn’t really have a front runner for the 2020 election.

Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale appears in a new ad where he asks people to call and leave a message thanking Trump for everything he has done.


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After his walk back on shutting down government, his failure to put anyone in office that can take control of the corrupt FBI/DOJ or prosecute Lois Lerner or investigate the Clintons, and finally his foreign aid to Mexico and Central America, I don’t think Trump will have any supporters left.

    VaGentleman in reply to puhiawa. | December 18, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Sounds like you need to take the next 2 years and find a better candidate than Trump, get him/her ready and defeat Trump in the primaries. If you don’t succeed in that, the decision is the same as it was in 16 – is he better than the opposition?

      If Trump has any fantasy about a second term he’d better show some backbone by vetoing and continue to veto any appropriation bill that doe not have at the very least $5 billion for a border wall. That’s a wall, not a fence, not a drone, but an impenetrable wall. He came to Washington to drain the swamp and his efforts make Jeff Sessions look brave. His best attempt for an AG is anHW Bush retread that is of the very swamp he claims he wants to drain


    Trump is COMPLETELY surrounded by corrupt, hostile forces, deeply entrenched into our government, at every level.

    The fact he’s accomplished as much as he has promised is a miracle.

    Don’t get squishy during battle. Not yet. Not by any means.

    If we get the Justice Department purged of criminals infesting it, we’ll see dramatic progress.

Does this mean the Republican Party no longer exists as a national entity?

And how does this work if there’s a primary? The Party must be strictly neutral between primary candidates. How can the RNC’s resources be used to help one of them? This seems very like Hillary Clinton’s takeover of the DNC, which everyone agreed was unethical, if not illegal.

    CaptTee in reply to Milhouse. | December 19, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    If there is a Primary Challenger, then RNC and Trump Campaign split again and the RNC #NeverTrumpers work against TRUMP like they did the last time.

Yeah yeah yeah. Right, Trump RNC blah-blah-blah.

Where’s my big, beautiful wall?

Like it or not, it’s the Democratic Party. Unless, of course, you’re a Republican’t. 🙂

Like it or not, it’s the Democratic Party. Unless, of course, you’re a Republican’t. 🙂

What happens if Mitten challenges him in a primary? His niece runs the RNC. THE same RNC that was essentially absent during the midterms vis a vis funding in critical areas.

    Milhouse in reply to herm2416. | December 19, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    The same RNC that apparently no longer exists.

      CaptTee in reply to Milhouse. | December 19, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      The RNC was mostly #NeverTrumpers and most donors figures out that that was a lost cause and stopped donating.

        PersonofInterests in reply to CaptTee. | December 20, 2018 at 10:48 am

        I got donation request for the RNC via Steve Scalise, Kevin McCarthy, and even Newt Gingrich. Each and everyone of them was told “Not One Freaking Dime” given the two year performance of Congress in supporting President Trump.

        They didn’t repeal Obamacare; they didn’t fund the Wall; they didn’t shut down the illegal alien tools of Anchor Babies, Chain Migration, CADA, and others. They didn’t have trouble passing a new Tax Law that helped the Chamber of Corporate Criminals. What is obvious is that the Establishment Republicans do not fear the voters as much as they do the loss of their Big Corporate and Special Interest Donors if they don’t do their bidding at the expense of We the People and the Republic.

        We will NEVER vote for a DemoncRAT and will vote only Republican, even if we have to hold our nose, e.g., Marco Rubio.