REPORT: Trump In Process of Coming Up With New Nicknames for Democrats
President Donald Trump is known to throw out derogatory nicknames against those he deems to be his political adversaries.
He’s used “Crooked Hillary” for former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton. Former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by Trump in 2017, has been called “Lyin’ James Comey” by the president. Trump’s nicknames have even delved into racist tropes, as he’s called Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), herself now a presidential contender, “Pocahontas” on myriad occasion.
Trump appears ready to continue the use of such name-calling in the years ahead and has apparently “workshopped” several ideas for potential Democrats within his West Wing offices, according to reporting from the Associated Press.
Per the accounts of two anonymous sources who told the AP the president personally spoke to them about his ideas, Trump has apparently been asking around the White House, as well as seeking advice from others he trusts outside his administration, about how well his new nicknames may be received.
Trump is reportedly already dreaming up personal attacks for his potential 2020 challengers. https://t.co/XA7vbxE6uF
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White House officials have been quick to defend Trump’s use of name-calling, trying to suggest his doing so is simply an attempt to frame the arguments and negative aspects of his opponents in terms his supporters can get behind.
“The president has an ability to use social media to define his opponents and influence the primary debate in a way no sitting president before him has,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said, adding that the president will likely take “full advantage” of continuing his spree of nick-name creating into the next campaign year.
Others have been critical in the past of Trump doing so, noting that his wife’s anti-bullying campaign has put in place tenets that run contradictory to the president’s behavior.
When President Trump called Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) “Cryin’ Chuck” on social media, Schumer replied to Trump’s tweet by using the phrase associated with Melania Trump’s anti-bullying effort. “#BeBest,” Schumer wrote, according to reporting from CNN.