Trump Re-Election Campaign Begins

Trump Re-Election Campaign Begins

President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign held its first rally in Greenville, NC on Wednesday, but the campaign actually started on Twitter the previous weekend. Mr. Trump is campaigning against four young congresswomen of color, none of whom are actually 2020 presidential candidates. At the rally he specifically singled out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who came to the U.S. from war-torn Somalia as a child refugee. “Send her back,” responded the red-hatted crowd.


“At North Carolina Rally, Trump Bets on Divisive Attacks as Way to Bolster Re-election Bid,” Michael Crowley, New York Times

“Trump slams ‘squad’ during North Carolina rally as crowd chants ‘send her back,'” John Fritze, USA Today

“Trump Goads Crowd Into Urging Deportation of Congressional Democrat,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Trump refers to Ocasio-Cortez as just ‘Cortez’ because it ‘takes too much time’ to say full name,” Arris Folley, The Hill

“A new poll shows why Trump attacked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar — and why it could get even uglier,” Aaron Blake, Washington Post

“Trump’s premeditated racism is central to his 2020 strategy,” Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, Axios

“Trump Goes All In on Racism,” David A. Graham,” The Atlantic

“Trump’s racist tweets come straight from the authoritarian playbook,” Frida Ghitis, Washington Post

“Republican support for Trump rises after racially charged tweets: Reuters/Ipsos poll,” Chris Kahn, Reuters

“Republican strategists are reportedly worried Trump’s overtly racist political strategy will backfire,” Tim O’Donnell, The Week

“Calling out racism isn’t political. It’s our moral imperative.” Joel Mathis, The Week

“Trump is leading a hate movement, and the world is watching,” Greg Sargent, Washington Post

“Trump Is No George Wallace. He’s Worse.” John Judis, TalkingPointsMemo

“Trump Says He Stopped the ‘Send Her Back’ Chant. (He Didn’t.)” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Trump says he disagrees with ‘send her back’ chant directed at Rep. Omar during his rally despite his previous ‘go back’ tweet,” John Wagner, Rachael Bade and Mike DeBonis, Washington Post

“House Dems warn Omar in ‘imminent danger’ after Trump rally chants,” Sarah Ferris, Heather Caygle, and John Bresnahan, Politico

“Trump’s racism is part of his larger con,” Matthew Yglesias, Vox


“‘Trump’s Going to Get Re-elected, Isn’t He?’” Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times


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