President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE is reportedly working on possible nicknames for his potential 2020 Democratic challengers as the field of nominees continues to grow.
The Associated Press reports that sources close to the president have been working with Trump on labels for specific 2020 candidates. Two sources with knowledge of Trump's 2020 plans told the AP that the president has begun testing nicknames on aides and advisers as he prepares to reveal them publicly.
The president also plans to use early campaign rallies, the sources told the AP, to test the waters for nicknames he may lob at his potential opponents in the months ahead.
Trump famously used nicknames against a number of his opponents in 2016, including Republicans.
He labeled his Democratic presidential opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHeller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 MORE, "Crooked Hillary" during the general election, a moniker that some experts say contributed to Clinton's overall difficulties proving her trustworthiness among voters. The president also regularly referred to Republican primary opponents Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzMatthew McConaughey on potential political run: 'I'm measuring it' Professor tells Cruz that Texas's voter ID law is racist Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks MORE (Texas) as "Lyin' Ted" and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as "low energy."
White House sources told the AP that Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Warren11 senators urge House to pass .5T package before infrastructure bill Senate Democrats seeking information from SPACs, questioning 'misaligned incentives' UN secretary-general blasts space tourism MORE's (D-Mass.) campaign announcement had been a particular target of the president.
“If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as 'Pocahontas,' did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash!” Trump tweeted earlier this year following Warren's announcement.
Trump has frequently called Warren "Pocahontas," a reference to Warren's past claims of Native American ancestry and one that many have argued is racist in nature.
According to recent polls, Trump trails a number of announced Democratic candidates as well as some others largely thought to be considering runs for the White House.