Trump Launches 2020 Campaign On Tired 2016 Platform Of Hate, Fear, And Lies

In his Orlando, Florida rally, President Trump attacked immigrants, the media, Democrats, and Hillary Clinton. It's 2016 all over again.
President Donald Trump speaks at the North Side Gymnasium in Elkhart, Ind., Thursday, May 10, 2018, during a campaign rally. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Donald Trump speaks at the North Side Gymnasium in Elkhart, Ind., Thursday, May 10, 2018, during a campaign rally. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Four years ago this week, President Trump descended down the golden escalators in Trump Tower and announced his candidacy for president. And he never really stopped campaigning, even after being inaugurated. Rather than suggest productive solutions to real problems like income inequality, climate change, and student loan debt, Trump has opted to sow anger.

Since he announced in 2015, Trump has been constantly spreading disinformation, fear mongering, manufacturing crises to rally his base, scapegoating immigrants, and villainizing his critics. Rather than the aspirational politics of many of his predecessors, Trump’s core political message is grievance and fear. Today’s kickoff rally for his 2020 campaign was no different.

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Vice President Mike Pence began the rally in Orlando, Florida by naming alleged promises President Trump has kept and then lied about Democrats advocating for infanticide. Pence then launched into a misleading tirade about how Democrats are trying to replace America’s way of life with socialism and are targeting “freedom.” How is trying to provide healthcare and education to Americans targeting freedom?

After spending the past few days tweeting about the incoming deportation of “millions” of immigrants (disputed by his administration), Trump’s rally struck a familiar tone. President Trump’s core message is that immigrants are flooding over the border and that Democrats are seeking to rob his supporters of their livelihood. Trump is also relitigating the past, falsely claiming he is a victim of an illegal witch hunt, and complaining more about Hillary Clinton than he is about the 2020 Democratic candidates.

During his rally, President Trump continued his authoritarian tendencies by attacking the media. Of the Democrats, Trump said: “Our radical Democrat opponents are driven by hatred, prejudice, and rage. They want to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it.” It appears Trump forgot one of his supporters mailed pipe bombs to CNN and his Democratic critics or he just doesn’t care.

Trump falsely claimed that former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report found no collusion or obstruction when it actually outlined over 100 pages of collusion evidence and 10 key areas of obstruction. Trump repeated the false claims that his campaign was spied on. Trump accused Democrats of wanting to use the law to target their opponents while he has Attorney General William Barr investigating people he falsely accused of treason. Trump also tried to claim he has drained the swamp in spite of the countless corruption scandals plaguing his administration.

Perhaps the biggest representation of the con that is this presidency, President Trump called “Make America Great Again” the greatest slogan of all time and claimed it is his. It was originally Ronald Reagan’s…

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