Donald Trump held another great big slob picnic in Orlando, Florida, last night, where he "announced" the "start" of his 2020 campaign, which will be exactly like his 2016 campaign except for the minor detail that he's actually been in the White House since 2017, which is really a bummer, man. Still, it's no reason he can't run as an outsider who vows to protect everyday Americans who believe he's just like them. The rally was a mishmash of the same damn shit he's said a million times before, and the rubes loved almost every minute of it except for the boring parts when he talked about stuff he's supposedly achieved in office, because not even his supporters care about trade policy or tariffs. They want an enemy, and they want to be told they and Trump will destroy that enemy together because they are the real Americans. So that's what Trump gave them, again and again, a feast of fear and resentment designed to get them to the polls. It was enough in 2016, and Trump thinks it'll do the job in 2020.

If there was anything new in the speech -- which was mostly Trump reading from a teleprompter, plus the expected weirdass asides -- nobody has identified it. He complained about the press and the crowd chanted "CNN sucks," and he explained what a threat to the nation Hillary Clinton is -- in fact, he mentioned her eight times during the 80-minute rant.

Mind you, if Democrats take the White House and Senate in 2020, Trump knows exactly what sort of hellscape America will become. It will be very, very bad!

Just imagine what this angry left-wing mob would do if they were in charge of this country. Imagine if we had a Democrat president and a Democrat congress in 2020. They would shut down your free speech, use the power of the law to punish their opponents, which they're trying to do now anyway, they'll always be trying to shield themselves.

Which is why we need to punish the fake news, send the Justice Department after Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama so they can be locked up, and make sure not a single person connected with the Trump campaign or White House testifies before Congress.

Trump also explained that the Mueller investigation was about one thing only: attacking the American people, as embodied in the person of Donald Trump, who is America. We'll give him this much: The man really knows how to run a cult of personality.

They went after my family, my business, my finances, my employees, almost everyone that I've ever known or worked with, but they are really going after you. That's what it's all about, not about us, it's about you.

They tried to erase your vote, erase your legacy of the greatest campaign and the greatest election, probably in the history of our country, and they wanted to deny you the future that you demanded and the future that America deserves, and that now America is getting.

Our Radical Democrat opponents are driven by hatred, prejudice, and rage. They want to destroy you and they want to destroy our country, as we know it. Not acceptable, it's not going to happen. It's not going to happen.

And that right there is the 2020 campaign, all of it. Even the immigration stuff is folded into that larger politics of grievance -- those evil Dems are trying to hurt YOU, Joe Sixpack, by "flooding the country with illegal immigrants in the hopes it will expand their political base" -- illegitimately, with brown people whose anchor babies will get citizenship they don't even deserve, unlike you, who worked so hard to be born here. It sure would be terrible if one party tried to rig a permanent electoral majority that doesn't reflect its actual support in the country, wouldn't it?

When we say Trump isn't offering anything new, we're not saying that he'll be easy to beat in 2020. We've already seen how powerfully that stew of racism and resentment has worked at getting his supporters out to the polls in 2016, and there's no reason to think they'll abandon him over trivialities like corruption or disregard for the law or violating every norm of American politics. Even an economic downturn due to his trade war will only convince them that shadowy forces -- George Soros and his army of immigrant invaders! -- are rigging the economy against Trump's brilliant plans. 2020 is going to be all about getting sane Americans out to the polls in greater numbers -- and in big enough numbers that the built-in advantage of small red states won't lead to an electoral victory despite a popular-vote loss.

Sure, Trump 2020 is a rerun. But as a creature of reality TV who managed to get good ratings with the same shit season after season, Trump knows how to milk a formula and get people to tune in. A lot of them even think what they're watching is absolutely real.

[Vox / NYT / Aaron Rupar on Twitter / transcript]

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