With a new presidential election more than a year and a half away, the long road to the voting booths has already begun. Numerous Democratic candidates have already made official announcements regarding their intended runs and President Trump started laying the groundwork for important talking points that are sure to resurface throughout his own re-election campaign. Politics have become a fiercely divisive issue in the United States in recent years, all but assuring that the coming election will be a hotly contested one.

As seems to be a constant in American political coverage, the landscape the battle for 2020 will play out on looks quite different depending on your news outlet of choice. Liberal-leaning outlets would have you believe the sitting president is ineffective and unpopular at best, compromised by a foreign government at worst, and facing a swift defeat in the upcoming election thanks to an army of progressive voters. But the nation has heard that song and dance before out of liberal outlets in 2016, and Trump still emerged victorious.

This skewed perspective enjoys a mirrored image from the right, where Trump supporters point toward the Mueller investigation and constant media controversy as signs the liberals are threatened by Trump’s successes and popularity. From the vantage point of these outlets, re-election seems all but assured.

The truth of the matter is, trying to predict the outcome of an election before you’re even sure who the candidates will be is an exercise in futility. There are far more variables in play than simply picking a politician. Despite Trump’s controversies, the Democratic Party has managed to put itself in a precarious position heading into election season, thanks to prominent voices coming from the party’s freshman representatives.