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Trump’s Racists Attacks Are ‘Central to 2020 Strategy’ – Expect ‘More, Not Less Race-Baiting Madness’: Report

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President Donald Trump‘s racist attacks on four progressive Democratic Congresswomen are not “improvisational madness,” but rather calculated “race-baiting” that is “central to his 2020 strategy.”

So reports Axios, citing sources “close to Trump” who “predict more, not less, of the race-baiting madness.”

Why?

Axios explains:

“Trump knows that in 2016, he won the white vote by 20+ points.”

He knows most “older, white evangelicals…are unlikely to ditch him, no matter how offensive his comments.”

He knows Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who Trump today called one of the “four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse,”  is a “4-for-4 grievance magnet” for his Fox News audience.

Axios says “white swing voters agreed with Trump on immigration,” and  “white Democrats with high levels of racial resentment were likely to vote … Republican.”

“Facebook is often his incubator. He has spent three times more than all Democratic contenders combined on Facebook, with a mix of message-testing immigration lines to appealing to Hispanics who seem susceptible to his worldview.”

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2020 Road to the White House

Trump May Soon Find Himself Battling 5 Republicans for Re-Election – They Could Help Democrats Win the White House

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A same-party primary challenge against a sitting president is not unheard of. Five members of a sitting president’s party would be extraordinary.

Currently, only former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld has officially declared he is running for the Republican nomination for president.

But as The Washington Post just reported, there are four more Republicans in the wings, “inching” closer to declaring their candidacies.

Former Tea Party Congressman Joe Walsh, whose journey over the past year has found him moving from disturbing support for Trump to joining the anti-Trump camp (while occasionally offering up some common sense takes on current issues,) is among the four. He “is preparing a Republican primary challenge to President Trump that he previewed as a daily ‘bar fight’ with the incumbent over his morality and competency.”

Former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford, who lost his seat after he criticized Trump and the president’s machine went into action against him, “said he is inching closer to a bid of his own by sounding out activists in New Hampshire and other early-voting states about an insurgency focused on the ballooning deficit.”

Former Arizona senator Jeff Flake, who was also the target of the Trump machine, “said he has taken a flurry of recruitment calls in recent days from GOP donors rattled by signs of an economic slowdown and hungry for an alternative to Trump.”

Former Ohio governor John Kasich, who ran for president in the 2016 primaries and earned The New York Times’ endorsement for the GOP nomination, “will head to New Hampshire next month to ‘take a look at things’ after experiencing ‘an increase’ in overtures this summer.”

While the chances of any Republican winning the Republican nomination over Trump are slim, primary challengers take up a campaign’s time, money, energy, and focus, and that can help the opposing party unseat an incumbent.

For example, in 1992 Pat Buchanan’s primary challenge against sitting President George H.W. Bush led to the 41st president losing the White House to then-governor Bill Clinton. In 1980 Senator Ted Kennedy challenged sitting Democratic President Jimmy Carter, helping put Ronald Reagan into the Oval Office.

As Business Insider noted in May, “Throughout the 20th century, sitting presidents who faced challenges from within their own party went on to lose in the general election after being severely weakened.”

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Susan Sarandon Scorched for Throwing Shade at Elizabeth Warren During Bernie Sanders Event (Video)

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Susan Sarandon is still a pariah to many Democrats who believe her very active support of extremist Jill Stein during the 2016 presidential election helped elect Donald Trump president. And she’s under fire once again.

The Academy Award winning actress and activist on Monday spoke at an event supporting Senator Bernie Sanders, who is once again running for president as a Democrat. Sarandon appeared to throw shade at Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is currently battling the Vermont independent lawmaker for the number two slot in the polls.

“He is not someone who used to be a Republican,” Sarandon told Sanders supporters as she introduced him at an Iowa ice cream social, according to a Politico reporter.

The Bernie Sanders campaign posted this video that includes Sarandon’s remarks:

Many on the left were furious with Sarandon in the run up to the 2016 election, and definitely after Trump took the White House. Some said she was an example of white privilege run amok: She would be inoculated from whatever policies Trump would institute, given her vast wealth.

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Those feelings surfaced again, as Democrats blasted Sarandon, especially since Sanders is not a Democrat, and Warren cemented her allegiance to the Democratic party decades ago.

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New National Poll Shows Warren Practically Tied With Biden – But It’s Their Approval Numbers That Are More Important

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A new YouGov/Economist poll shows continued and increasing support for Senator Elizabeth Warren, and stable but slightly diminishing support for former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

Warren jumps four points to come in with 20%, while Biden drops one point to 21%. That’s well within the statistical margin of error.

Senator Bernie Sanders is up three points to 16%, Senator Kamala Harris is unchanged at 8%. Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke ties with Mayor Pete Buttigieg for the number five slot. O’Rourke jumps up three points, Buttigieg dropping three points, both come in at 5%.

But more importantly, their approval ratings.

Biden has a 39% approval rating, with a 45% disapproval rating. 16% say they don’t know.

Warren has a 38% approval rating which matches her 38% disapproval rating. Of note: 24% are still undecided on her, which means, especially given her strong and steady increases in the polls over the past months, the majority of that 24% still could move to “favorable” for her.

The poll was conducted August 10 – 13 with 1500 U.S. adult citizens.

 

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