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Trump’s political speech in Pennsylvania, visualized

One of the ways in which presidents occupy their time between elections is by bopping around the country advocating for policies they want to pass or bragging about things they’ve done. For presidents seeking reelection, that can get tricky: Using White House resources to campaign is a no-no. So presidents often hold events touting their successes in politically important states but shy away from being explicit about what they’re doing.

Most presidents do that, anyway. President Trump just goes ahead and is explicit.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is “staging a comeback on Sleepy Joe,” Trump said at an official White House event in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, referring to former vice president Joe Biden and the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination. “I don’t know who’s going to win, but we’ll have to hit [Warren] very hard again if she does win. But she’s staging a little bit of a comeback.”

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“What a group,” he continued, “Pocahontas” — a derogatory nickname he’s given Warren — “and Sleepy Joe. I don’t think they give a damn about Western Pennsylvania, do you?”

If you don’t believe me, read the transcript yourself. It’s posted on the White House website, a bit of Trump 2020 rhetoric hosted on a Web server paid for by American tax dollars. […]

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