The New York Times quoted unnamed allies of the president questioning his commitment to re-election and whether he really wants the job another four more years. I think President Trump can show immediate and decisive presidential leadership by following the lead of another beleaguered president and announce that he will neither seek nor accept his party’s nomination for the presidency.
By choosing not to run for re-election, Trump could close his twitter account and actually govern from the center without pushback from his conservative base. He could direct additional rounds of cash transfers to aid ailing Americans, he could reimpose a 50 state social distancing order to curb the rapid outbreaks in the prematurely reopened southeast and southwest, he could work with Senate Democrats and swing state Republicans to override McConnells veto on desperately needed aid to the states, and he could take decisive executive action to reform police department and prove that black lives indeed matter to the federal government. We know it’s unlikely, but the choice facing Mr. Trump is leadership that salvages his legacy today or going into the history books a massive failure. The choice is his.