Culture wars

2020 Democrats are focusing on Trump-centric topics in online ads

In this illustration, a collage of Trump's tweets create the shape of a donkey to symbolize Democrats.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Onstage and on the air, 2020 Democrats are talking about topics like health care, student loans and reparations, but in the online scramble for donations and e-mail addresses, Trump-centric topics dominate the left's conversation.

The big picture: Hot-button issues like gun control, abortion, immigration and climate change are among the topics that have dominated digital advertising — mostly on Facebook and Google‚ since the midterms, according to data provided to Axios by the progressive group Tech for Campaigns.

What the f---? The f-word goes mainstream

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Suddenly the f-word is everywhere: Two presidential candidates. A Supreme Court case. Bookstore bestsellers.

Why it matters: A casual, ever-coarser culture has embraced a word that once shocked, and now bores. The ultimate epithet is now everyday conversation. And we've lost a surefire device for cutting through life's white noise.