The polls don’t look good for Donald Trump.
I mean, by any normal yardstick, the President is heading for a defeat in the 2020 election.
He’s lagging behind in many of the crucial states that swung the White House his way in 2016 – like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
Indeed, the polls look so worrying that Trump’s team fired several internal pollsters when the shock numbers leaked, in a Kim Jong-un style ‘do not bring the boss bad news’ move.
Yet when Trump launched his 2020 campaign on Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida, I didn’t sense I was watching a guy who’s going to lose.
In fact, I got the complete opposite feeling.
Trump exuded the confident all-conquering swagger of someone who defied all polls and logic last time, and fully intends to do so again.
It was a virtuoso Trump rally performance, carried out with all the passion, energy, chutzpah and showmanship of another septuagenarian, Mick Jagger, strutting around a big stadium.
Like any great entertainer (and I appreciate not everyone finds Trump entertaining…), he belted out all his greatest crowd-pleasing hits from The Wall and ‘Fake News’ media to the rigged system, special counsel Mueller’s ‘witch-hunt’ and ‘bogus’ Russia collusion.
There was some recently added material, including repeated attacks on ‘Sleepy Joe Biden’ and Trump even revealed a brand new recording – his debut impression of ‘Crooked’ Hillary Clinton saying during one of their 2016 TV debates, ‘If I win, are you going to support me?’
The audience loved it all, roaring their approval throughout.
And of course, liberal-dominated Twitter hated it, roaring its own disapproval throughout as clips hit social media.
The vast chasm between pro-Trumpers and anti-Trumpers is just as wide and divisive as it’s been since his shock election win.
But the President’s demeanor should strike the fear of God into his opponents, because he looks and sounds in the form of his short political life.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is leading the pack in the poll from Quinnipiac University which was released last Tuesday. Red on the chart depicts Trump