REPUBLICANS

Trump Team Optimistic, Citing Dem Moves Left

The RNC raised $15.5 million in January.

Feb. 21, 2019, 10:22 a.m.

“Republicans toiling to re-elect President Trump are freshly optimistic, confident a Democratic Party dominated by ambitious progressives is scaring wayward factions of the conservative coalition back into the fold.”

“With a midterm election rebuke and disastrous government shutdown in the rear view, Trump’s 2020 campaign team and constellation of key outside supporters are sensing a turnaround. The president hasn’t changed his controversial ways. But Trump’s top lieutenants believe that newly empowered liberal Democrats—in Washington and across the country—plus the sometimes peculiar spectacle of the Democratic primary, are causing uneasy Republicans to reconsider their opposition.”

Trump 2020 spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany: “As the House Democrat caucus is increasingly dominated by extreme left members, and as Democratic presidential candidates work to outmaneuver each other in embracing socialist policies, the choice will become increasingly clear. ... Support for the president is already on the rise." (Washington Examiner)

RNC. The RNC on Thursday “announced the team that will work alongside the Party’s Committee on Arrangements (COA) Chair Toni Anne Dashiell for the 2020 Republican National Convention. South Carolina National Committeeman Glenn McCall will serve as Co-Chair, Ohio GOP Chairman Jane Timken and Puerto Rico National Committeeman Luis Fortuño as Vice-Chairs, Massachusetts National Committeeman Ron Kaufman as Treasurer, and Alabama National Committeewoman Vicki Drummond as Secretary.” (release)

FUNDRAISING. The RNC “brought in $15.5 million in January and ended the month with $28.6 million cash on hand as it prepared for ... Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, according to a new campaign finance disclosure.”

“The committee spent more than $300 million during the midterm election cycle helping Republicans, and it is now working closely with Trump’s reelection effort. In addition to raising $8.9 million directly from donors in January, the RNC collected more than $6 million from two joint fundraising committees affiliated with the committee and the Trump campaign.” (Politico)

IS TRUMP ACTUALLY WEAK? Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) “is thinking about challenging President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican presidential primary for one simple reason: He's not sure Trump can actually win a second term… Hogan's analysis is, on one level, obviously self-serving… But regardless of the motivations behind Hogan's assessment of Trump as "weak," there's a larger question here: Is Hogan right? Is Trump ripe for the picking by any Democrat who wins the nomination next year?”


“Almost 9 in 10 Republicans approve of how Trump is handling his job… And, if anything, Trump is getting even more popular with Republicans as his term goes on; back in 2017, his approval among Republicans was in the 80s or even low 70s. But since last fall, Trump has been in the high 70s and even the low 90s in job approval.” (CNN)

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