Neil Steinberg of the Chicago Sun Times recently attended an event where Trump sopke at a re-opening steel mill in Illinois. He came away from the event convinced Trump is going to be re-elected in 2020.
Take a look at this column:
Trump fires up the charm with Downstate steel workers: ‘I could be one of you’
I drove Downstate Wednesday to listen to Illinois farmers talk about how retaliation against Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum are hurting them. More about that on Monday. But while I was at it, it seemed worthwhile to take in Trump’s speech.
I’m glad I did…
Like most businesses, Trump prefers his own PR to any impartial critique. Several times he gestured to the press at the back of the enormous warehouse.
“They analyze my every word,” he said, as if it were a bad thing, and I suppose to a man who accepts only praise, it is.
In the past, in Trump’s view, the United States was a naif being swindled by “the worst trade deals every made in history.” Until he came along. Now “we have the best economy we ever had in the history of our country.”…
“We need steel,” he said. “We need steel plants. And to see an old, big monster plant like this re-opening — that is an honor. I look at the faces of you people; I could be one of you. I like you guys. I could be one of you.”
That struck me as either sincere or an amazing facsimile. The workers, for their part, couldn’t give him a standing ovation because they never sat down.
I left the hall thinking: Donald Trump is going to be re-elected in 2020. The Democrats don’t have anyone who can touch him. Bank on it. Don’t hate me for being the one to tell you.
Lots of Democrats and other people on the left know this is true, even if they don’t say it out loud.
It’s nice to hear a journalist admit it.