Trump wants to keep holding big rallies
The realization that Donald Trump was actually elected president and will eventually have to do that job seems to be setting in, and Trump himself is trying to figure out exactly how he wants to go about handling that. According to The New York Times, the president-elect is considering a number of things, including only living in the White House during the week and continuing to hold those huge campaign rallies that he loves so much.
“I think Trump has discovered that these rallies are tremendous opportunities for him to get his message out,” Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy told NYT. “It’s actually sort of old-fashioned, that you want to actually meet people and press the flesh with him.”
Meeting people probably doesn’t have much to do with it; instead it’s more about “instant gratification and adulation that the cheering crowds provide,” as the Times puts it. This is Donald Trump we’re talking about. He loves being in the spotlight above all else, so it shouldn’t shock anybody that he wants to maintain that feeling. It’s just a little worrying that he wants to continue his practice of whipping his supporters into a frenzy when there have already been a slew of reports of racist, sexist, and xenophobic attacks in the first few days after Trump’s election.
Obviously Trump would not be the first President to hold rallies while in office. But, as Ruddy points out, it is a pretty old-fashioned way of doing things — what with the invention of radio and television making it much easier to reach the masses.
What will happen if Trump’s popularity begins to wane throughout his term and the crowds don’t turn out like they used to, though? Or they just become old hat? Or what if the people still come out for him, but the mood turns sour? The last scenario is probably preferable for Trump, as he can continue insisting those who oppose him are paid to do so by his opponents, but the idea of keeping these rallies a regular part of his presidency does seem predicated on the idea that his supporters will love him unconditionally regardless of performance.
[New York Times | Photo: Getty]