All that is missing is the plane.
He even thought of imagining his jet, a Boeing 757 painted red and gold, which he used to cross the country during the last 2016 outbreak.
“I have exactly the same plane at home. This is true. The exact same,” Trump said Friday on a baking-hot tarmac in Florida, operating on blue-and-white government planes of the same model, but with fewer gilt, positioned close.
“It’s another company that makes engines,” he said, quickly acknowledging a flaw compared to his own jet. “I think those are Pratt & Whitney, and I have a Rolls-Royce.”
Nostalgia has always weighed in on Trump’s persona – this is the second “A” in his “MAGA” motto – but it also affects his decisions and strategies, often against his political advice, according to people he spoke to. recently about his re-election efforts.
As he makes a final push for a second term, Trump wants to mimic the last days of his past political campaign, even though he is currently in office and the political calculus has moved significantly. But this time, Trump seems to be more offended by what happened to him than what happened on the basis of those who support him.
Take a nationwide ride this weekend, the collection of mentors who joined him in the crowded front aboard Air Force One along with 2016 veteran mentors Jared Kushner, Stephen Miller, Dan Scavino and Hope Hicks , which Trump convinced to return to its orbit eight months ago. Missing some of the latest additions to his circle, notably his staff leader Mark Meadows.
As he did many times in 2016, Trump bases himself for two days at his hotel in Las Vegas as he raises money across the Orange County border and hosts campaign rallies in Arizona . He still attends the same evangelical church a few miles away from the Strip he visited in October 2016, when pastors and ministers gathered to lay their hands on him and pray.
Just like four years ago, Trump hoped that by outworking his rival – a three-day rally, often lasting 90 minutes, in every state he competed in – he could achieve a victory against polling and punditry.
The President has often lamented that his political efforts since entering the White House have felt uneasy compared to his efforts four years ago, people who spoke to him said, burdened with enormous equipment to accompany anyone president and saddened by the responsibilities of an incumbent.
Trump vividly remembers the last days of the campaign in 2016 as the last when he was not beaten by the job he last won, and wanted to feel the same excitement on his first tour. He enjoys reminiscing about what it was like in the days before the election – and recounted Election Night 2016 at almost every rally he attended.
“That beautiful night, four years ago, was the greatest of all time, perhaps the greatest night in television history,” Trump said on a blustery tarmac in Janesville, Wisconsin, on Saturday night during a most roar in approval. “We had so much fun. Tears are flowing – do you remember the tears?”
Yet somewhat like a college freshman trying to put friends together over the Thanksgiving break, just to find out that everything has changed, Trump finds that nostalgic reminiscence does not always reflect reality.
The burdens of incumbency, filled with problems such as the coronavirus pandemic and a tough economy, changed the way Americans viewed him. And what used to be a novel political strategy – to openly express the grievances that politicians have long sought to pin down – now seems to many observers like a weary gesture.
Four years ago – and especially as he worked to win voters back after the Access Hollywood scandal – Trump tackled issues such as immigration and goods that he said were unfairly benefited by the elite disaster. blue American collars. His focus and message were narrow as the campaign closed.
Today, he denounces the wrongdoings of the “deep state” he claims to weigh in on his presidency and guarantees the extension of his term. He complained well about what the interviewers asked him and the tone in which they asked him. And he repeatedly asserted that he had given millions of dollars in income by serving as president.
At last week’s Oval Office sessions, Trump remained adamant that what brought him success in 2016 would work again, someone said at the sessions. His refusal to adapt to a massive diversity of political reality has caused disappointments among Republicans, fearing his deep unpopularity could ruin not only his presidency but the control of the Senate GOP.
Aides have worked to achieve little to disrupt and hone a message that is more appropriate for a sitting president than outside the rasser, including the past few days as polls continue to show him that he is losing voters that he won four years ago.
“You know what? We won in Wisconsin, we won the whole ballgame,” he said Saturday night as the temperature dropped in Janesville. “What do you think I do here on a freezing night with 45-degree wind? Do you think I do it for my health?”