Author Breaks Down Trump's 2020 Strategy in Twitter Thread: 'Racism, Xenophobia, and Hate'

US President Donald Trump speaks during a "Make America Great Again" rally at Aaron Bessant Amphitheater in Panama City Beach, Florida on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

It's over a year until election night in 2020 and already, the divisive, racist rhetoric from President Donald Trump is ramping up as Americans reckon with the possibility of another four years with him in the White House.

Author and writer Teri Kanefield told Americans everything they need to know about the state of the race and what to do about it in a lengthy but helpful thread.

She began with good news and bad news.

Trump's approval rating converted into an electoral college map looks promising.

Trump's plan to get ahead? Good ol' fashioned racism.

Kanefield points out that sensible Republicans left the party long ago due to Trump's behavior. Those that remain are his supporters, who were formerly confined to the fringes of the GOP.

As Kanefield notes, we've already seen an uptick in the damaging rhetoric from Trump. The El Paso shooter's manifesto used similar language to Trump's regarding the so-called "Hispanic invasion" of Texas. Under his watch, ICE detained 680 people thought to be undocumented immigrants in Mississippi, leaving children without their parents after the first day of school.

But how could even more racism help Trump?

Kanefield explains.

So that's pretty grim.

What can we do?

Kanefield says that Trump and his ilk expect, even relish, the rage of his critics. While Trump's actions should be rebuked, they should also be counteracted by grassroots organizing and fostering more genuine connections between voters, candidates, and the causes for which they both fight.

People were quick to back her up.

For Kanefield's full thread, click here.

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