The Trail

“Most Mentioned”: Who is Trump’s Achilles Heel?

Here at The Conversation, we spend a lot of time studying the President’s tweets. We analyzed how, and how much, he discussed the 2020 candidates during the month of February. The goal? To try and figure out who he feels poses the greatest risk.

Over the month of February, we analyzed the number of times President Donald Trump mentioned 2020 Democratic candidates to see who is—and isn’t—at the top of his mind.

The result? Trump loves to insult former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who he also calls “Mini Mike,” during his performance in the February 19th debate in Las Vegas, calling him a “pathetic debater” and “stumbling, bumbling and grossly incompetent.”

In contrast, although Trump has previously tweeted frequently about “Crazy Bernie” in the context of Russia, his tenor towards Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has been different lately. A recent tweet: “Congratulations Bernie, & don’t let them take [the Nevada caucuses] away from you!

On the opposite end of the mention spectrum, Trump only tweeted about Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) four times during the month of February.

Does Pres. Trump’s encouragement of Sanders mean he views him as less of a threat to his reelection bid than Bloomberg? Does largely ignoring Warren mean that he views her as the smallest threat—or the biggest? Only time will tell.