President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony to sign a "Presidential Memorandum Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West," Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Playing Trump's game in culture war losing strategy for Dems

October 19, 2018 - 5:20 pm

More than seven years after President Donald Trump launched his political career by questioning then-President Barack Obama's citizenship, Democrats are still struggling to find the right strategy to fight back against his racially charged rhetoric.

After years of taunting from Trump, Elizabeth Warren revealed her DNA results this week proving her Native American roots. But Trump continued his mocking references to her as "Pocahontas" and she offended some Native Americans.

Obama tried another tactic in 2011, holding a midday press conference to show reporters his long-form birth certificate after Trump spent weeks reviving the "birther" controversy.

As Democrats gear up for a presidential primary season that's likely to feature multiple women and people of color, some are saying it's time for a new approach.

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