Former President Donald Trump has always been a controversial figure, but he has also been a successful politician, having managed to win the presidency in 2016 despite being a political outsider. However, his chances of being re-elected in 2020 were foiled by a combination of factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic and a polarizing leadership style. Nevertheless, since he learned some valuable lessons from his defeat, Trump is back and he appears to be on a winning path for the 2024 campaign.
One of the most important lessons that Trump has learned is the need for greater discernment in who he listens to. Trump was repeatedly sabotaged and stabbed in the back politically by advisors and others he thought he could trust, but who ended up working against his goals. In 2016 he was not aware of how deeply the entrenched establishment class had dug in to control the levers of power in Washington DC. This time around he seems to have a much better understanding of the powers aligned against him and who he can trust to share his vision and goals.
Another lesson that Trump has learned is the importance of a strong digital and social media campaign. During his time in office, Trump frequently expressed his disdain for the mainstream media, which he viewed as biased and unfair. However, he also relied heavily on Twitter and other social media platforms to communicate directly with his supporters and to bypass the traditional media gatekeepers. In the run-up to the 2024 campaign, Trump has already made it clear that he intends to continue using social media to mobilize his base and to spread his message.
A third lesson that Trump has learned is the need for a more disciplined approach to campaigning. In the early stages of his 2016 campaign, Trump was known for his impulsive speeches and off-the-cuff remarks, which often sparked controversy and outrage. However, as the campaign progressed, and he became more focused on winning, Trump became more disciplined and strategic in his approach. Similarly, in the run-up to the 2024 campaign, Trump has already started to build a team of experienced advisors and consultants who can help him hone his message and stay on track.
In conclusion, while Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election was undoubtedly a setback for him, he has used the experience to learn some valuable lessons. Trump is back and better than ever as a campaigner today. By adopting a more discerning approach regarding advisors, preparing a strong digital and social media campaign, and maintaining discipline and focus on the issues that matter most to his supporters, Trump is well-positioned for success in the next presidential race. Of course, many challenges lie ahead, both within the Republican Party and in the broader political landscape, but with perseverance and determination, Trump has shown that he can overcome obstacles and emerge victorious.