Michael Moffett is a former U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer, a retired professor and a writer. He’s currently finishing a two-year term as a Republican state lawmaker in New Hampshire after losing his bid for re-election.
Moffett is also an avowed support of President Donald Trump.
“He energized a lot of voters who otherwise were not involved in the election process,” Moffett told Newsweek. “He was far preferable to his opponent in 2016…Tax policy, judicial nominees, border security, less regulation—all great things. I think a lot of very good things have happened under his tenure.”
Moffett penned an op-ed letter to Trump on Friday in the New Hampshire Union Leader that detailed those concerns. Moffett noted that Trump only won the electoral college by winning a handful of states by razor-thin margins. He lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly three million votes.
“We want to see your sound policies continue to bear fruit,” Moffett wrote. “Ironically, the best way to preserve your administration’s accomplishments may be to let younger, fresher faces emerge who can unite our party and win in 2020.”
Moffett suggested a presidential ticket featuring Marco Rubio, the GOP senator from Florida, and Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations for the Trump administration, would “strike fear into the hearts of the Dems.”
Moffett said he viewed Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke of Texas, who lost his bid to unseat incumbent GOP Senator Ted Cruz, and Congresswoman Kamala Harris of California as presidential candidates who would present a challenge for Trump.
He also suggested an alternative to Trump running for re-election would be to act as more of a “President Emeritus” by ginning up support for other GOP candidates.
Finally, Moffett was concerned, he said, that the president’s approach has “alienated people and a lot of independents so much that he may be unelectable.”
“Maybe you can pull it off,” Moffet wrote. “But do you really want — or need — to put yourself and the country through another exhausting campaign marked by the emotional excesses that your brawling approach invites? (And I write this as one who appreciates your brawling approach!)”