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The 2020 Presidential Election

Updated on December 17, 2018
Again in 2020?
Again in 2020?

It is a well proven fact, several times over, that Russian trolls attempted to use social media to influence American voters to get their asset, Trump, elected. Putin's asset has proven disappointing as Russian sanctions did not go away and Trump has had some harsh words of Russia. The Russian use of social media to persuade voters to either not vote or vote for Trump is difficult to not believe. Evidence is mounting from a variety of sources but Trump had nothing to do with this. Yet, Russia wanted to manipulate American voters but the question remains, how effective were the social media attempts? We will never find out.

The 2020 Election

It's just around the corner, the next American presidential election and already we know a few things about what is yet to come:

  • Unless Trump is removed from office by some means, he will run
  • Trump may face Republican candidates running against Trump
  • Trump will face numerous Democratic candidates with some familiar names , such as, Biden, Sanders, Warren, Beto
  • There will be Russian attempts again to manipulate American voters
  • Voter turnout will again be record breaking
  • The campaign season will be entertaining and divisive just as the 2016 was

As I said, unless something happens to Trump while in office, his ego will force him to run again. I suspect if any Republican candidates run against them, some will be those from the 2016 election. Maybe this time with more success. As for the Democratic opponents, none of them, so far, are really great choices. I suppose Biden would be the "chosen" one, but that choice is just lukewarm. Sanders is just too far to the left for most. The young Kennedy-like Beto from Texas could energize the voters because the contrast from Trump is huge in many ways, but he is an unknown like Obama was. He might be the one to watch as 2020 gets closer. Warren should not waste her time, period. Harris, the former Attorney General of California, could be one viable woman running. God forbid if Clinton chooses to try again, that decision would just hand Trump another term!

As for Russian influence, in 2016, Putin and his trolls, sought to get Trump elected. That was his wish in hopes of Trump removing the sanctions Obama imposed. Trump left them in place and while he remains rather soft on Russia in most cases, Putin probably is disappointed. Putin could care less about if Trump hopes to build another Trump tower, this time in Moscow as he tried in 2012-3. Putin did not care then and does not now. Trump to Putin is like a small fish. Putin will still be in office should Trump not win 2020. So, Russian influence on social media in 2020 may not be as substantial. It may be directed against Trump or in favor of another candidate that appeals to be pro-Russia. The only thing we know is that when you read a FB post or a Twitter feed that seems from the political right or left using derogatory remarks at a candidate- beware. The post could be from Russian trolls or their proxies acting as Americans being paid in rubles in St. Petersburg, Russia. That is what did happen in 2016.

Whether Trump is re-elected or not, America will be divided in many ways. Another Trump term means another four years of his insanity. So far, his economic policies have been only so-so, despite his inflated claims of how good it is going. As America is preoccupied with Trump, America's adversaries are taking advantage of the distraction. Take China and how it now owns the South China Sea. It could, at anytime, deny access to American ships with their anti-ship missiles on the Spratly islands. Granted, Obama did little to stop them either, but Trump has totally ignored them.

Trump has made sure that America and its influence has been reduced across the world and that is not a good thing now or in 2020.

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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      15 months ago

      Like a many fervent religious zealots who follow a leader blindly, Trump has his own at around 35-40%. They dismiss everything that may tarnish their icon and refuse to believe their idol is nothing more than a con man. Look at the Jim Jones sect and how that ended.

    • Ken Burgess profile image

      Ken Burgess 

      15 months ago from Florida

      I think its been a brilliant show of how the media can distract the population from the important things that are really transpiring.

      Ah well, nothing can be done about it now, so keep on that 'Russian Conspiracy' thing. its been a long trek, first he was never going to be allowed to become president, then he would be impeached in the first year, and now, its about he'll never be re-elected. It keeps people occupied I guess.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      15 months ago

      The way things are going for Trump with one investigation after another and not in his favor, 2020 should be very interesting.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      15 months ago from USA

      I love the possibility of Beto O’Rourke in 2020. I hope Donald Trump’s goose is fully cooked by the time the year is up.

    • peoplepower73 profile image

      Mike Russo 

      15 months ago from Placentia California

      Perrya:

      Spot on. I agree with everything you have stated. The Washington Post released a senate report on how the Russians used social media to influence the 2016 election.

      https://a.msn.com/r/2/BBQZtiC?m=en-us&ocid=New...

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      15 months ago

      Well, there is certainly plenty of right-wing BS also on FB and other places. Can't trust anything on social media because you do not know who is behind it.

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      15 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I'll be voting for Trump/Pence. I do not believe things stated by leftist mass media, no matter how many times they repeat a thing. I know who owns those mass media outlets, and I know the worldviews of those persons, and how they are anti-American to the core.

    • Larry Slawson profile image

      Larry Slawson 

      15 months ago from North Carolina

      Interesting article. I'm curious as to how the 2020 election will pan out as well. There are so many "what if" factors/scenarios going into it.

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