Flush With Free Time, Trump Focuses On Creating Nicknames For 2020 Opponents

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President Trump has been testing out new nicknames and lines of attack as more Democrats enter the presidential race.

According to Newsweek, Trump is using his free time to create nicknames for his 2020 Democratic opponents.

In 2016, Trump dubbed Marco Rubio “Little Marco,” Ted Cruz was “Lyin’ Ted” and Hillary Clinton was “Crooked Hillary.” As of now, there are 12 Democratic contenders for 2020, including Senators Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Bernie Sanders.

Trump already began calling Senator Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” as a way to demean her self-professed background and make her feel small.

When she officially joined the presidential race, Trump tweeted: "Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!" Many believe that Trump was referring to the Trail of Tears in his tweet.

As for the other 2020 contenders, Trump has been "workshopping other attempts to imprint his new adversaries with lasting labels," according to two people who spoke with The Associated Press and on whom the president has tested out some nicknames.

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said Trump intends to make use of Twitter again this election season to “define his potential opponent and impact the Democrat primary debate.”

Beyond Twitter, Trump also has tested out material during his rallies and in interviews, targeting Beto O'Rourke, who has not yet officially declared a candidacy; Sanders, about whom Trump said, "I think he missed his time"; and even offering a rare bit of praise for Harris, who had a “better crowd, better enthusiasm”, according to the president.

Though Trump does have at least one declared Republican challenger, Republicans who challenge Trump in the primaries will face an uphill battle. Eighty-nine percent of Republicans say they approve of how Trump handles the presidency, according to a Gallup poll conducted in the beginning of February.

The Republican National Convention unanimously voted to support Trump for the 2020 party nomination last month. Its resolution indicated “undivided support for President Donald J. Trump and his effective Presidency.”