By Sonali Kolhatkar
Source: Read full article at Truthdig
Although the 2020 presidential election is more than a year away, Donald Trump appears a better prepared and far more formidable candidate than he did in 2016—or compared to many of his current rivals. Those who are appalled by the daily shredding of the Constitution and by the degradation of basic standards of human decency may find it inconceivable that a president such as Trump could win a second term. But in truth, he is leaving no stone unturned in his relentless quest to remain in power for four more years—and we ignore his proximity to victory at our peril.
Trump has made no attempt to adhere to ethical boundaries on separating his office from his reelection campaign. Last week’s Fourth of July spectacle was a perfect example, as he spent millions of taxpayer dollars to display military tanks and flyovers in Washington, D.C., in order to impress his political donors and reward them with free VIP tickets. Donations have been pouring into Trump’s reelection coffers, with $30 million raised in the first quarter of this year alone. His goal for the entire campaign is the unimaginably large figure of $1 billion.
Trump has also maintained a…