Former President Donald Trump is — surprisingly — running a campaign that looks all the more conventional.
Over the last week, Trump has hired seasoned staff in Iowa — a first caucus state — submitted several policy proposals, and visited East Pasteline, Ohio, the site of the toxic February 3 train derailment.
The tone is in stark contrast to what the American public has come to expect from the former, a tone he struck from the moment he launched his first Presidential campaign nearly eight years ago.
The change has been noted and praised by the former President’s allies.
Michael Caputo, an ally and advisor to the former President, asserted that “people think they know what to expect” from the former President, adding that they would “recognize the caustic social media messages” and “his tactic of giving a nickname to every competitor” but warned, “they ain’t seen nothing yet.”
Caputo points to the seasoned campaigners surrounding Trump, including pollster Tony Fabrizio, policy adviser Vince Haley, and Susie Wiles, renowned for her knowledge of Florida campaigns.
This time around, Trump is also releasing more detailed proposals under the “Agenda47” umbrella, a play on his ambition to be the U.S.’s 45th and 47th President.
In February, Trump also advocated for stronger measures to fight crime and increase U.S.
energy production while underlining his opposition to investing in ESG (environmental, social, and governance).
While his proposals were chock full of Trumpian rhetoric, they also included plenty of specifics.
For example, Trump explained under his administration, local police departments receiving Department of Justice grants would be required to Reinstate stop-and-frisk policies of the past.