US President Donald Trump is planning to run for a 2nd term in 2020 but he may not last 2017, according to Myles Hoenig, an American political analyst and activist.
Hoenig, a former Green Party candidate for Congress, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Monday while commenting on a statement by White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
Conway said on Sunday that Trump plans to run for a second term, dismissing a recent report that suggested uncertainty about his running in 2020.
She dismissed a recent New York Times report that suggested uncertainty about Trump’s plans for a second presidential bid in 2020.
The New York Times reported on Saturday that Republicans, particularly Vice President Mike Pence, were already putting together their presidential campaigns amid growing doubts about Trump’s future in office.
Hoenig said that “Trump is promoting a 2020 run for a 2nd term while many people are taking bets that he won’t last 2017. Pence is sharpening his knives for a challenge while the administration is saying it’s for re-election. How absurd is all of this! Perhaps even Nixon wasn’t this delusional, yet he did win re-election- before the floodgates of Watergate opened.”
“It is good that the Goldwater Rule has been relaxed, and now psychiatrists and others in the mental health arena are permitted to publicly analyze a sitting president with whom they’ve had or have no direct contact,” he stated.
'All presidents lie'
“The stakes are higher now than ever in America’s lifetime. All presidents lie. All presidents promise without delivering. All presidents play their supporters for fools at one time or another. All presidents usually have at least a majority support of the population. And all presidents, whether it’s cordial or adversarial, have a mutual respect for the media,” the analyst stated.
“But this president has broken the mold and like the mold in the White House, it sticks to this president like a badge of honor,” he added.
“Never in US history has a sitting president’s longevity been so much in jeopardy, or questioned so early in his administration. Often the challengers of a sitting president, at the time of re-election, are lukewarm at best,” he noted.
“Here was the only person to run for president that only one person in America could have lost to him and the Democrats chose her, Hillary Clinton. The question is whether the Democrats have wizened up and realized how pathetic a choice they had and challenge him in 2020 with someone with an ounce of integrity. Considering that the Democratic Party has an aversion to critical analysis, it’s hardly likely that they’ll find someone who could muster a credible challenge,” he said.
“It is the Republican Party that is most likely to be the vehicle for Trump’s quick exit from the scene. They are holding onto an invisible lifeline in 2018. Trump’s coattails might be of the finest silk or wool, but politically he’s absolutely naked. By 2018, if he and his family are not indicted or in hiding in one of his estate golf courses, he’s likely to go down quicker than a lead balloon,” the activist concluded.