It’s a Presidents Day like no other as Donald Trump — having redefined campaigning as a brash, tweeting populist — redefines the Oval Office and its relationship to the media, trade partners and foreign governments.
But politicos say it’s an open question whether this approach will end when Trump’s term does, or if he is fundamentally transforming the White House, and the march to it, for future candidates and presidents.
After one month in office, Trump essentially began his 2020 re-election campaign with a heavily promoted rally in Melbourne, Fla., on Saturday, telling the boisterous crowd of thousands that he wanted “to speak to you without the filter of the fake news.”
GOP strategist Ford O’Connell questioned if other candidates will be able to pick up the Trump game plan without his charisma and ability to harness political tailwinds in his favor. “I really think that he’s a unique political animal ... just because Trump does it, doesn’t mean other candidates will be able to do it,” O’Connell said. “On the way in the door, he had 100 percent name ID. Most candidates develop their name ID while they’re campaigning.”