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Analysis: Trump's stump speeches describe Democrat-run hellscape

John T. Bennett, CQ-Roll Call on

Published in Political News

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's midterm homestretch stump speech has evolved into a warning that Democratic control of one or both chambers will create a hellscape of rampant crime, high taxes and no safety net for older Americans.

At several campaign rallies in recent weeks, the president has painted a portrait of an ungovernable country if "rage-filled" Democrats retake the House or Senate or both.

Unless Democratic incumbents are ousted and Republican ones returned to Washington, Trump warns that cities large and small will be overrun by undocumented migrants committing crimes and draining government coffers. Democrats will raid programs such as Social Security that hard-working Americans have contributed to for decades to pay for all sorts of alleged "socialist" whims, he has said.

He has spoken of an opposition party that has a "lust for power" and has gone "crazy" and "loco," saying all Democrats have "become totally unhinged."

"The Democrats have become too extreme. And they've become, frankly, too dangerous to govern. They've gone wacko," he said Tuesday night at a campaign rally in Iowa. "They've gone so far left that they consider 'Pocahontas' to be a rational person. No, it's crazy."

(He was using his derisive nickname for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, whom he regularly pans for claiming Native American heritage.)

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"They want to destroy everything," he said of the Democrats on Tuesday. "Ours is to create." But he didn't stop there, declaring, "Democrats are the party of crime" and "Republicans are the party of safety."

He was back at it Wednesday night, this time during a campaign tour stop in Erie, Pennsylvania.

"The only reason to vote Democrat is if you're tired of winning," Trump told rallygoers after accusing the minority party of trying to implement "socialism."

Republican and Democratic strategists have diverging takes on the potential for success of Trump's new rhetoric, aimed at firing up the GOP base for a big turnout to turn the predicted wave a lighter shade of blue.

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