According to an exclusive story from the Drudge Report that was confirmed by the White House on Tuesday, Feb. 27, President Donald Trump has already committed to seek re-election in 2020, and has selected tech guru Brad Parscale as his campaign manager.
The announcement comes nearly 1,000 days before the 2020 election. Former President Barack Obama announced his bid for re-election about a year and a half before the 2012 election. However, it is generally assumed that sitting first-term presidents will run again. The last president to decline to seek a second elected term was Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968.
Campaign manager Brad Parscale served as Trump’s digital media director for his 2016 campaign. Parscale’s San Antonio-based web design firm was paid millions to coordinate the Trump campaign’s social media-heavy digital strategy that helped the president score a major upset over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“I understood early that Facebook was how Donald Trump was going to win,” Parscale said in an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes in 2017. “Twitter is how he talked to the people. Facebook was going to be how he won.”
“Brad was essential in bringing a disciplined technology and data-driven approach to how the 2016 campaign was run,” Trump’s Senior Advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner said in a press release. “His leadership and expertise will help build a best-in-class campaign.”
Trump’s son Eric added that Parscale has the first family’s “complete trust.”
While no frontrunner has emerged, several people have received media coverage as potential Democratic opponents to Trump in 2020. These include television host and businesswoman Oprah Winfrey, former first lady Michelle Obama, California Senator Kamala Harris, former vice president Joe Biden, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.