Donald Trump’s Race War Reelection Campaign.

Make no mistake. Trump’s rhetoric towards “the squad” is indicative of a larger strategy.

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Photo via Donald Trump on Instagram

As so many of us already know, Donald Trump let go of all dog whistles on Twitter, and called for four leftist women of color in Congress to go back to their countries. Putting the fact that they are all U.S. citizens, and only one one was born outside of the country aside, there’s no denying that we were offered a disturbing and telling look in to the re-election campaign strategy of our President.

As disgusting and openly racist as these tweets were, perhaps the most clear indication of how Donald Trump plans to keep the Presidency came at his North Carolina rally a few days later. Over the course of the event, Donald Trump’s supporters broke in to an unchallenged thirteen second chant of “send her back” in reference to Ilhan Omar, while Trump spent those seconds in silence.

Perhaps even worse was the President’s use of the phrase “love it or leave it”.

Love it or leave it.

Let’s take a moment to consider the history of that disgusting phrase, and in North Carolina in particular.

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Source: The 1972 Howler yearbook at Wake Forest via Winston Salem Journal

As an image of a 1972 billboard in North Carolina tells us in no uncertain terms, the “love it or leave it” message has a deep rooted right wing, white nationalist origin. It should go without saying that the idea of Donald Trump’s campaign staff or speech writers not understanding the history of this phrase in North Carolina in particular is frankly foolish. They knew what they were doing, all gloves have been taken off, and we are heading in to dangerous territory we haven’t treaded on in decades. This campaign is the death rattle of the dying Republican Party. A party that knows their days are numbered as the demographics an ideals of this country change, with nothing left to lose. That being said, this is not simply a political campaign. This is a declaration of a race war.

Donald Trump has chosen to make four leftist women of color the face of the Democratic Party, and lead the efforts to demonize them and their voices. He has chosen to make them the target of his fear and demagoguery, with an implied “what are you going to do about it?” question layered in to his message left there for his base to digest. He is deliberately threatening the lives of these women, and it’s critical that we take that threat seriously. We must also consider that we are over a year away from the election, and this is only a taste of what is to come in the months ahead.

Make no mistake: the 2020 election is going to be the test of generations, with long lasting implications I’m not sure we can even fully comprehend. This is well beyond politics. This is a test of morality. A test that will determine where our country goes for the foreseeable future. I cannot even begin to stress enough how important it is for the left to prepare, and for a potential democratic nominee to understand what is coming in the months and years that lie ahead, regardless of whether or not they win the election. Simply put, none of this is dying with Donald Trump. An ember has been reignited in to a flame, and we have a responsibility to ourselves and our neighbors to take this as seriously as possible.

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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