Well, President Donald Trump has almost finished his first full year as the chief executive of the United States, and he has at least three more to go (at least). The president won a completely unexpected victory in 2016, but he will have to do it all over again in 2020.
The question is: who will challenge him for the highest office in the land?
It’s still early, and the Democrats are currently focused on impeaching President Trump, but since their efforts are almost certainly doomed, they will need to find a candidate who can garner enough votes to beat the incumbent. There are already several presidential hopefuls who might decide to run against Trump.
This list will not only give us a possible insight into the next presidential election, but it will also allow us to see who the Russians will target next with their vile propaganda efforts. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Senator Kamala Harris
In 2011, California Senator Kamala Harris was elected to replace former Senator Barbara Boxer. Since then she has gained popularity. Similar to most California politicians, she espouses the same far left-wing views that Americans voted against in 2016. She is also known for thinking outside the box when it comes to policy decisions.
Last year, she posted a tweet stating that the American government should allow more voices to dictate the direction of the country. Whose voices, you ask? Children. In August, she tweeted, “children are our nation’s future. We must listen to them about what they care about and give them a voice in our government.”
Many were confused by the senator’s tweet because they couldn’t tell if it was inspired by Whitney Houston’s version of “The Greatest Love of All,” or Eddie Murphy’s rendition in the movie “Coming to America.” However, sources close to the senator claimed that after sending the tweet, she yelled “sexual chocolate!”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand became famous in 2017 after she introduced a bill designed to stop sexual harassment in Congress. She also demonstrated that she is highly-skilled in the art of flip-flopping. Last year, she switched positions at a rate that gave John Kerry a run for his money.
When former Senator Al Franken was hit with allegations of sexual harassment, Gillibrand stated that she didn’t think he should resign. Later, after one more accusation surfaced, she decided that he should resign. She also took the same approach with Bill Clinton. Despite the fact that the former president was accused of sexual harassment and rape, she still supported him. However last year she finally admitted that Clinton should have resigned because of his sexual improprieties.
Nevertheless, Gillibrand could still be a powerful contender for the presidency. Can she succeed where Hillary Clinton failed?
Former Vice President Joe Biden
Former Vice President Joe Biden is also a potential contender for the presidency in 2020. Sources close to the former VP state that one of the reasons Biden is considering running for president so that he can have another “beer summit.” But that’s not the most important reason.
Joe Biden hopes to become the next Abraham Lincoln by taking up the fight against slavery. We saw hints of this in 2012 when he insulted a group of black voters by telling them that Mitt Romney and the GOP wanted to “put y’all back in chains.”
There is no doubt that the former vice president will do everything in his power to make sure that Trump, and his band of Nazis, does not bring back America’s “peculiar institution.”
Former Advisor Stephen Bannon
While Trump’s former advisor and the head of Breitbart News recently experienced a setback in his political aspirations, he could attempt to primary the president. His political acumen and instincts could serve him well in a — okay I’m just kidding. Sorry dear readers, but I found it impossible to finish that last sentence with a straight face.
But I almost had you there, didn’t I?
Media Queen Oprah Winfrey
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey’s name has been floated as a potential candidate after her stirring speech at the Golden Globes. But that’s not the real reason the Democrats would support her.
Like Kamala Harris, Winfrey gives the left a candidate that has two points on their cherished intersectionality hierarchy — she’s a woman, and she’s black. This gives the left a chance to engage in one of their favorite activities: meaningless virtue signaling. They will also enjoy portraying everyone who doesn’t vote for her as a virulent racist and misogynist. What more could they want?
Former WWE Star Dwayne Johnson
Finally, we have reached the individual that I’m hoping for the most.
In 2017, the media became ecstatic when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stated that he was considering a run for the presidency. Could he be the one to challenge President Donald Trump? Nobody knows, but this writer, along with many others, would eagerly welcome a “The Rock for President” campaign and the entertainment value it would provide.
Imagine, if you will, a Democratic primary debate with The Rock. It wouldn’t be the boring display we usually see — it would be INCREDIBLE.
I believe it might go something like this:
Moderator: The Rock, how should we handle illegal immigration?
The Rock: Well, The Rock thinks that we need to craft policies that allow us to control our borders while ensuring that we don’t victimize those who have already lived here for most of their lives.
Joe Biden: Well, it’s not quite that easy The Rock…
The Rock: Oh really jabroni? Well, what do you think?
Joe Biden: Well, I think…
The Rock: IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK!
Moderator: Okay calm down. Vladimir Putin is threatening Ukraine again. What should we do?
The Rock: Well if The Rock were president, he’d tell ol’ Vladdy that he needs to know his role and shut his mouth before I rain down hell on his candy a#$!
See what I mean? It would be epic. Here’s to hoping for a Dwayne Johnson candidacy.
2020 is still a long way off, but one thing is for sure, the Democrats will need to make sure that they have the most viable candidate possible. The incumbent typically has a significant advantage in any election, and it’s not likely the American people will be willing to vote Trump out of office unless he takes actions that cause significant damage to the country. If this past year is any indication, that’s not likely to happen. Either way, the 2020 campaign will be a wild ride.
Who do you think will challenge Trump in 2020?
A self-confessed news and political junkie, Jeff’s writing has been featured in Small Business Trends, Business2Community, and The Huffington Post. Born in Southern California and having experienced the 1992 L.A. Riots up close and personal, Jeff's insights are informed by his experiences as a black man and a conservative.