Fast forward to the 2020 race, President Trump has already brought out the nicknames — Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas,” “Sleepy Joe Biden, “Crazy” Bernie Sanders, a “stone-cold phony named Robert Francis O’Rourke,”and even Weirdo Tom Steyer. Stand by for more, the president is reportedly “work shopping” nicknames for other 2020 candidates.
The question is — do voters care?
A recent Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service poll found 90% of voters expressing concern about “the uncivil and rude behavior of politicians.” At the same time, just 85% of voters want political leaders to seek “compromise and common ground.”
Time will tell if Biden’s decision to focus on President Trump and core values of the nation over core policies of the Democratic Party is a winning formula. Even before stepping onto the track, Biden has been the Democratic frontrunner. The Real Clear Politics (RCP) average shows him with a six-point lead over Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg.