Should a sitting president hold campaign rallies after the election?
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Should a sitting president hold campaign rallies after the election?

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Since the 2016 election, President Trump has held 24 rallies across the country. Trump claims the rallies allow him to speak directly to the American people, but others believe they are meant to distract the public and massage Trump's ego—rather than further his agenda. While it is not uncommon for sitting presidents to hold rallies leading up to their re-election, many are surprised as to why the president has held so many so early into his tenure. What do you think? 🗣️

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It's not totally unusual for a sitting president to hold campaign rallies, but Trump has already held 24 rallies since the 2016 election. President Obama had his first post-inaugural rally nearly six months into his presidency, which specifically focused on garnering support for a fellow Democrat's re-election campaign. President Trump's rallies, on the other hand, do not appear to be designed to support other candidates or push specific policy objectives.

Trump’s tactics aren’t new, but his agenda is. His emotional campaigning serves solely as a tool for self-aggrandizement, rather than fulfilling its historic function of channeling voter enthusiasm toward a particular legislative program. His rallies, which are notably about him and not about policies, raise deep concerns about a president who uses emotional politics to build a cult of personality rather than to pass laws.

Critics have theorized Trump is holding rallies because he enjoys the attention and wants to distract from bigger issues in the news cycle.

Trump relies on these kinds of adulation-fueled events to boost his mood and recharge his batteries. It's plain to see from watching his public rallies since becoming president ― and accepting all the criticism that comes with the job ― that he gets extremely excited and vociferous when he's working a crowd of his fans, sometimes to his own detriment.

But Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has repeatedly justified Trump's rallies as a legitimate tool the president uses to communicate directly to the American public.

"I think the President always appreciates the opportunity and the ability to talk directly to the American people. I think we saw that last night, and that certainly was a great moment and a positive step forward. And I think that he'll continue to do that. And the more that the President has the ability to talk directly to the American people, that's always a good thing."

Trump has also defended himself, claiming he is just cutting through the unfair "Fake News Media" to get his message out.

And Trump supporters still feel the rallies are important.

And others continue to remind us that Trump is a not, and has never been, a traditional politician.

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