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If you’re feeling like it’s 2016 all over again regarding Donald Trump’s prospects of becoming president, you have good reason.
There are at least five interesting parallels to that campaign and how the 2024 presidential race is shaping up.
As a side note, if Trump is successful in winning the Republican nomination and then the general election, he will be only the second person in history to serve non-successive terms: The first was Grover Cleveland, the Democrat who was the 22nd and 24th president in the late 1800s. Trump would be the 45th and 47th president.
Before getting into the parallels between 2016 and now, it’s worth noting that establishment media outlets certainly see a Trump victory as a real possibility, given he has polled ahead of President Joe Biden in key swing states.
Here are some recent headlines: The New York Times, “Why a Second Trump Presidency May Be More Radical Than His First”; The Atlantic, “If Trump Wins”; The Washington Post, “A Trump dictatorship is increasingly inevitable. We should stop pretending.”
Then there’s former Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the favorite Republican of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, engaging in the most ridiculous Chicken Little hyperbole about Trump.
She warned on CBS over the weekend that a second Trump term would be the “end of the republic” and on NBC’s “Today” this week that Trump would try to stay on as president “forever.”
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