Joe Biden works the Iowa State Fair yesterday. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Trump campaign officials and sources close to the president tell Axios that they believe Democrats' extraordinary charge that the president is a "white supremacist" will actually help him win in 2020.

Why it matters: These Trump allies tell us that the claim by Democratic opponents is not only emboldening his base, but also alienating some mainstream Republicans who think Democrats have gone too far.

At least six Democratic presidential contenders have called President Trump a white supremacist, and several others are suggesting the same.

  • A Trump campaign official said: "They’re trying to make the case that anyone who supports this president is a racist. They’re talking about [nearly] half the country."

The state of play: Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Beto O'Rourke and Pete Buttigieg, have all publicly called the president a white supremacist since Saturday's El Paso massacre.

  • Buttigieg said yesterday, when Axios' Alexi McCammond asked him — at a National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) forum in Miami — if he thinks Trump is a white supremacist: "Yes, I do. At best, he’s emboldening people with that intention."
  • Joe Biden told reporters in Iowa yesterday: "Everything the president says encourages white supremacy, and I’m not sure there is much of a distinction." But he didn't explicitly label Trump a white supremacist.
  • Sen. Kamala Harris' campaign told Axios that Harris has "spoken out and called out Trump, who she’s said has coddled and emboldened white supremacy." But the campaign wouldn't go so far as using the label.
  • Andrew Yang told Axios that, "based on his actions and words, yes I do [think he is a white supremacist]. If he’s not a white supremacist, he’s done a phenomenal job making it seem like he is."

The bottom line: You can't overstate the danger of white supremacy. Think about the insanity of our times that allies of the president are gleeful about this.

  • Merriam-Webster defines a white supremacist as: "a person who believes that the white race is inherently superior to other races and that white people should have control over people of other races."

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Joe Biden leads President Trump 48% to 42% in Wisconsin and 49% to 43% in Pennsylvania, according to the latest CBS/YouGov Battleground Tracker poll.

Why it matters: Trump's surprise wins in the two states, where many voters broke his way after deciding the week before the election, helped propel him to an Electoral College victory over Hillary Clinton. Trump won Wisconsin with 47% of the vote and Pennsylvania with 48% in 2016, according to the New York Times.

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D- Conn.) called on the Trump administration to declassify intelligence detailing Russian efforts to influence the 2020 elections, telling MSNBC on Sunday that the classified briefing lawmakers received about the Kremlin's activities last week was "absolutely chilling."

The big picture: National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina said in a statement Friday that the Russian government is "using a range of measures" to "denigrate" Joe Biden ahead of the election. China and Iran would prefer that Trump is defeated, according to Evanina.