2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday that President Trump's "racist" attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and other politicians of color are core to his strategy as the "biggest identity politician that we have seen in the last 50 years."

"There's a pattern here. This guy is the biggest identity politician that we have seen in the last 50 years. He engages in what's known as 'racial priming.' Basically, using this language and taking actions to try and get people to move into their camps by racial and ethnic identity. That's how he thinks he won in 2016, and that's how he thinks he's going to win in 2020. I don't think it's a coincidence that just a few weeks ago he kicked off his 2020 campaign, and here we are with the same playbook that he used in 2016."

Why it matters: Liberals' reliance on "identity politics," or the tendency for people of particular racial, ethnic or social backgrounds to "form exclusive political alliances, moving away from traditional broad-based party politics," is frequently attacked by conservatives, especially through the lens of "political correctness." But as Axios has previously reported, those close to Trump say his race-baiting is premeditated and central to his 2020 strategy.

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Bob Woodward: "I was not going to hide" my opinion on Trump

Bob Woodward didn't want to join Senate Republicans in privately condemning President Trump but declining to do so publicly, he told Jonathan Swan in an interview for "Axios on HBO."

Why it matters: Woodward has covered 9 presidents, but Trump is the first that Woodward explicitly described as "the wrong man for the job."

Watch the full Jonathan Swan interview with Bob Woodward

In the latest episode of "Axios on HBO," Jonathan Swan interviews Bob Woodward about his new book, "Rage," which was based on 19 interviews with President Trump.