George C. Edwards

Again breaking ground, Trump takes the permanent campaign to new heights

Again breaking ground, Trump takes the permanent campaign to new heights

The permanent campaign has been a fixture of the modern presidency for more than a generation — ever since Jimmy Carter, eyeing reelection, shucked his suit coat in favor of a more casual cardigan.

But President Trump, in yet another break with convention, has scaled new heights when it comes to politicizing and, especially, personalizing the workings of the White House.

Unabashedly proclaiming his desire for a second term, Trump filed the paperwork establishing his 2020 reelection committee the day he took office and has already started fundraising, years before his predecessors began raking in cash.

He has trampled protocol and turned explicitly nonpolitical events,...

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