As he looks ahead to his reelection campaign, President Trump isn’t behaving anything like his predecessors did. (Shocker, I know.) Mindful that they’d soon face voters again, recent presidents spent their third year in office seeking to rack up legislative accomplishments. George W. Bush signed a major tax cut. Barack Obama tried, but failed, to pass a “grand bargain” to cut the deficit.
Trump hasn’t made even a pretense of pursuing legislation or tacking toward the political center. Over the last two weeks, he’s signaled he’ll instead pursue a different sort of reelection strategy that lets him act unilaterally, one built around the twin pillars of easy money and tough crackdowns on immigrants.