Why does everyone assume Trump will run for reelection in 2020?

Why does everyone assume Trump will run for reelection in 2020?
President Trump speaks to reporters about border security in the briefing room of the White House on Jan. 3. (Evan Vucci / AP)

To the editor: The editorial on the Democratic Party primary for 2020 makes the same assumption as just about every other article on the subject: President Trump will run for a second term. I find this to be unlikely.

First of all, Trump’s life before he was elected was so much better. He had great wealth, a loyal family and the admiration of much of the public.


Second, Trump thrives on praise and disdains criticism. Aside from the adulation of his striking base, the president is under a daily flood of critical comments.

Third, Trump hates losing. He must know there is a chance he will lose in the general election, if not in the Republican primaries.

Finally, although he badly wanted to win in 2016, I don’t think he really knew how tough being president was. One term is enough for Trump.

Jordan Austin, Port Hueneme


To the editor: I’m reminded of the George Carlin quote: “In the U.S., anyone can become president. That’s the problem.”

To reduce the chance of a repeat of the improbable events of the 2016 election, I suggest both major political parties adopt the following minimum qualifications for anyone wishing to enter the race.

First, full and complete disclosure of the previous five years’ tax returns, including all supporting documentation. Second, an experience requirement that includes holding a high-level elected office such as a governorship or member of the House or Senate (no mayors or county supervisors need apply).

Note that I am proposing these qualifications for the two major parties only. Anyone not meeting these qualifications would still be free to form their own party on whatever terms they desire.

Doug Peterson, Irvine

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