As the first primary in the nation approaches on Tuesday, former President Trump’s campaign in Iowa has reportedly made significant strides in its “ground game” since 2016, according to a source on Friday. Trump is being circumspect and “taking nothing for granted” at this time.
According to The Federalist, four days before the event, “Donald Trump Jr. rallied the troops in suburban Des Moines on behalf of his frontrunner father,” adding that “motivation was a hard commodity to come by on a cold and gray January day, with the remnants of the first heavy snowstorm of the season mucking up the streets with dirty slush.”
However, the source mentioned that the participants of “Hawkeye Cauci” are “are hearty stock” and have consistently attended the event, with some attending for over 50 years, “and they take their role as first-in-the-nation ambassadors of the presidential nomination chase very seriously.”
The Federalist went on:
We’ll see just how serious Iowa’s Republican voters are come Monday, caucus day, when the high is expected to drop below zero. By 7 p.m. Iowa time, when this internationally watched political pageant gets underway, temperatures could plummet to as low as minus-15 degrees with a wind chill of Ouch!
But if the 2024 presidential campaign and the past eight years have taught us anything, it’s that there are people in this deeply divided republic who would crawl through broken glass, barbed wire, and solid ice to vote for the former president.
His campaign, according to the publication, “remains cautious” and does not “take anything for granted” despite Trump’s considerable national advantage of at least 50 points over his opponents and Iowa lead of approximately 35 points.
“That’s why this Monday is so critical. We’ve got to send a message,” Don Jr. said to over 80 Trump supporters in Urbandale’s Machine Shed restaurant during an event arranged by the Des Moines Bull Moose Conservative Club, emphasizing the need to convey a message.
“I understand it’s going to be minus-4, but if I can get my Florida butt back up here … everyone can get back up here,” he exclaimed.
The Federalist emphasizes the clear-cut proposal of the Trump campaign, which is as follows: Attend the event despite the surveys indicating a decline in the former president’s popularity.
“We’ve got to treat Monday as if we’re 10 points back,” stated Trump Jr.
He posited that anti-Trump factions on the left, traditional Republicans, and the MSM are placing bets on the lack of attendance at the caucuses, with the intention of undermining the former president’s anticipated impressive performance. If Trump supporters hold the belief that an outcome is assured and the likelihood of success diminishes, there is a potential for his adversaries to exploit the situation in the days preceding the New Hampshire Republican primary the following week.
“In short, Trump is beatable,” the publication stated.
Critics place significant emphasis on the 2016 Iowa caucuses, an event that witnessed Trump exert a noteworthy impact on the political landscape but ultimately resulted in a tie for second place with Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas emerged victorious in the caucuses against a more substantial field of candidates.
Despite this, substantial transformations have taken place over the past eight years. According to the newspaper, despite maintaining several personal attributes, Trump enters the election as a notably altered candidate. The outcome in Iowa, which favored Cruz in the end, had minimal repercussions. Following his election as the Republican nominee, Trump emerged victorious in the presidential election and emerged as the focal point of intense animosity emanating from the left.
Presently a candidate, he has encountered a multitude of challenges; in fact, one could argue that he possesses a greater number of political wounds than any previous contender in the annals of American history.
“Moreover, the Trump ground game in Iowa is significantly improved, more nimble, and much better organized than it was during his first presidential run. It’s so good, in fact, Trump can’t even seem to believe it,” The Federalist noted.
Iowa state Senator Brad Zaun was the first elected official in that state to endorse Trump when he first ran and first this year as well. Zaun stated “I was with the president all last week, and he asked me that exact question [about whether the ground game has improved since 2016], and I told him it’s the difference between night and day.”
Conversely, Barack Obama, an individual who has subtly wielded influence within the Biden administration, has articulated grave apprehensions regarding the potential ramifications that may ensue should the incumbent president be unable to re-establish his presidency in the face of former president Donald Trump.
An alarming development regarding the Biden campaign was noted by NBC.
The Washington Post, a publication widely recognized for its Democratic Party affiliation, recently published an article alleging that the Obama camp was dissatisfied with the Biden campaign. This could potentially undermine the odds of success for the incumbent president.
Former President Barack Obama has raised questions about the structure of President Biden’s reelection campaign, discussing the matter directly with Biden and telling the president’s aides and allies the campaign needs to be empowered to make decisions without clearing them with the White House, according to three people familiar with the conversations.