One of the most enjoyable parts of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for president was his ability to create nicknames that captured the weaknesses of his opponents.
Although Trump may not need any help, I’d like to propose a few as the 2020 campaign starts in earnest.
Spartacus seems to fit Corey Booker for his pathetic performance during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings to join the U.S. Supreme Court.
As you may recall, it was the third day of the hearings. Booker told the audience that he was going to risk everything by breaking Senate rules and releasing confidential documents. “This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment,” Booker said, a reference to the 1960 movie about a failed slave movement during the Roman empire.
For Amy Klobuchar, there are at least two choices: Snowflake or Abusive Amy. Her announcement to run took place during a driving snowstorm in Minnesota. It was one of the dumbest public events I’ve ever seen. Shortly thereafter, new reports chronicled her abuse toward her staff.
Trump has used a trio for Joe Biden: 1 Percent Biden, Crazy Joe Biden, and Sleepy Joe. If Biden runs, I would suggest Stealin’ Joe for his repeated theft of other people’s words.
Simply put, Beto is a silly nickname for someone of Irish background. That would stick, with perhaps an emphasis on the syllables, such as BEE-TOE or BEAT-O.
Kamala Harris is a bit tougher to find an appropriate nickname. It should have something to do with her claim that her family smoked a lot of dope. Something like The Druggie or Dopey might work.
I doubt that Trump will have to worry much about Kirsten Gillibrand’s campaign, but his nickname of “Lightweight Senator” needs some work. The rest of the crew won’t make it on stage with Trump, so I don’t think he has to worry about Jay Inslee, Julian Castro, John Hickenlooper, or some other dark house.
Whatever the case, Trump’s campaign will be a lot more fun than those of the Democrat crew.