By Jake Johnson / <a href="www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/09/sanders-campaign-says-trump-worried-about-being-exposed-fraud-report-suggests">Common Dreams</a>
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As GOP fearmongering about the so-called looming socialist menace continues to intensify ahead of the 2020 elections, President Donald Trump has reportedly expressed concern behind the scenes that anti-socialist messaging may not be as popular or effective as Republican strategists appear to believe.
The Daily Beast, citing anonymous sources close to the president, reported Sunday night that “Trump has repeatedly told friends and donors that running against ‘socialism’ in a general election may not be ‘so easy’ because of its populist draw.”
During a recent private donor event, according to The Daily Beast, Trump warned if Democrats run on canceling student loan debt, for instance, “that’s a tough one” to campaign against.
Trump’s reported misgivings about framing his reelection message around opposition to “socialism” come as Republicans are working hard in the lead-up to the 2020 elections to label all Democrats as socialists, a playbook the GOP has drawn from for decades.
The campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the only 2020 Democratic presidential candidate running as a democratic socialist, said the president’s…