2. Dems' 2020 Trump war room
The DNC research team has mined thousands of lawsuits from 50 states as part of a massive new research trove on President Trump that will be weaponized through pols and reporters in key states, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports.
- As an example of the nuggets the team has assembled, the DNC's new research includes every time then-candidate Trump told supporters at his 2016 campaign rallies that Mexico would pay for the wall.
Why it matters: This new plan shows what Democrats think Trump's biggest vulnerabilities will be. And unlike in 2016, Trump now has a policy record.
A source said this document will likely find its way to local reporters in battleground states as Trump diverts funds from the military to fund the wall.
- The DNC has examples of what farmers and truckers say they feel about Trump's tariffs, the way he's "trashed American wheat," and how the GOP tax law hurt truckers more than Trump promised.
- They've also filed "thousands" of Freedom of Information requests.
What we're hearing: At a meeting last week with about 20 operatives and strategists, DNC chair Tom Perez said he plans to focus the party's messaging on Trump's performance, not "awfulness," according to a source in the room: "Prosecute the case that he is bad at his job and it is hurting people in real ways."