Trump’s real reason for running for a second term is fear of being remembered as a “loser” of a period

At a “town hall” event on Thursday night hosted by his most obsequious interviewer, Fox News star Sean Hannity, Donald Trump struggled with the simplest questions: What did he want to accomplish in a second term?

The President had no response. And the labyrinthine response he offered raised the specter that there really is no agenda for the second term.

That is not true. The President and his administration have been drawing up plans on what to prioritize, should they beat former Vice President Joe Biden. Half a dozen informed sources (administration officials, campaign aides, and people close to President Trump) tell The Daily Beast that planning has long been underway for possible 2021 policy activities. But a predominant interest that fueling Trump’s desire for another four years is not ideological. It is reputational.

Two of those sources said that one of the president’s real motivations for running is simply to avoid embarrassment. He does not want to be humiliated by the title of “one-term president.”

“The President has told me [on multiple occasions] he’s determined not to be a term, and says history remembers them forever as ‘losers,’ ”said a former senior Trump administration official. “A lot of this is about his legacy and how he will be remembered. And if he loses, I don’t think he will win [at the hands of] Biden, of all possible people, lightly.

Another person familiar with the president’s private comments said he recalled Trump making similar comments since late 2018. Trump, the source said, specifically mentioned former President Jimmy Carter as an example of a modern political “loser” and how “I never want be that guy, “said the source, paraphrasing Trump.