USA Today: President Trump seizes on election rules to push his agenda in new ways


Trump’s strategy helps him “make sure the audience is friendly, and it frees him up to say what he wants,” said Larry Noble, a former Federal Election Commission official who works for the Campaign Legal Center watchdog group.

But by legally declaring his candidacy on his first day in office, “he made it very partisan immediately,” Noble added. “We didn’t have any period when we could look at the president as the president of the whole country.”

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