Say what you want about President Donald Trump, the man knows how to troll. While he typically prefers Twitter as his medium of choice, sometimes it makes more sense to go old school. As the Democratic candidates prepared to fight it out in another debate in Houston, the Trump campaign inserted itself into the conversation in a low-key fashion.
Trump To Troll Democratic Debates
President Trump’s campaign flew a banner with an anti-socialist message in Houston, TX, before the Democratic presidential debate began. A campaign official had told ABC News that they would put up the banner, which reads “Socialism will kill Houston’s economy,” between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. But the trollery doesn’t stop there.
The campaign also took out two full-page ads in local newspapers attacking Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), former Vice President Joe Biden, and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro. The advertisements criticized each candidate on various issues.
Erin Perrine, deputy communications director for the Trump campaign, released a statement slamming the candidates’ platforms. “Every single Democrat candidate has job killing, economy crushing policies that won’t work for America,” she said. “Team Trump is here to remind them and let everyone in Houston know that a complete disaster Democrats are for America.”
How Far Left Can They Go?
There may be more to this simple act of trollery than meets the eye. As the Democratic candidates continue to play crabs in a bucket, duking it out to see who will eventually face Trump, the president is already priming the nation for his plan of attack regardless of who squares off against him. One of the Democrats’ most exploitable vulnerabilities is the extent to which they have moved farther to the hard left.
Almost every potential nominee — except Joe Biden, who can’t remember which city he is in at any given time — has espoused a far-left agenda that would introduce more socialist policies into government. Indeed, these individuals have channeled Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and the rest of “The Squad” at various points in the campaign.
While Biden remains the frontrunner, his numbers have been dropping steadily, which indicates that the Democrats will nominate a more radical candidate. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren are steadily gaining traction and have both expressed support for a Green New Deal — a proposal roundly rejected by the American public in polling.
The fact that a majority of Americans do not seem to approve of the far-left proposals being touted by the Democratic Party’s candidates presents an effective weapon for President Trump. The more he draws attention to aspects of socialism these individuals wish to introduce to the government, the better. If the economy remains strong and no significant disasters occur, he can boast about his achievements while pointing out the left’s desire to have the government further insert itself into American society.
Not only will focusing on socialism keep Trump’s base united, but it might also appeal to moderates and independents who may not agree with him in all things but don’t want to see the state grow stronger. As the campaign continues to unfold, we can expect to see progressives go all-in on far-left problems. And we can also expect to see the Trump campaign shout warnings about the dangers of socialism in America.