Trump has been waiting for a moment like this. After watching some of his rally last night in Greenville, North Carolina, it is clear that the president thinks he has found his path to re-election in 2020. Trump hopes to ride his racist criticism of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Talib, and Ayanna Pressley to a second term in the White House. Last night he attacked these women relentlessly. When Trump disparaged Omar, the crowd chanted “send her back.”
Trump will paint the entire Democratic Party as socialists who share the same views at the so-called “Squad.” He will mention these four women every night. He will convince his Fox News listeners that the Democratic presidential candidates are cut from the same cloth. He will convince people that Democrats hate America and pose and immediate threat.
Of course this entire strategy is built on fear and ignorance. In 2016 Trump learned that fear-mongering and appeals to anti-intellectualism work.
His appeal to white evangelicals will be the same as 2016. In fact, this appeal will be more effective in 2020 since Trump has delivered on Supreme Court justices and Israel. We can only hope that educated evangelicals who voted for Trump in 2016 will see the moral degradation of his presidency and abandon him in 2020.