The harder it becomes for Trump to campaign on the economy in the months ahead, the more important culture war issues and rally-the-base moves will become for him. It isn’t inconceivable that Trump could pull off a narrow Electoral College victory in 2020 even if the U.S. goes into a recession, but doing do would mean firing up his base as much as possible and benefitting from a low Democratic turnout — and there are many culture war and nativist themes that could become even more important to Trump if the economy declines.
Abortion is at the top of the list.
Christian right that Supreme Court justices aren’t the only people he would be nominating for the federal judiciary in 2021 and beyond.
Trump can rally his Christian Right supporters with school prayer, but anti-immigrant rhetoric.
rolling back Obama-era protections against anti-gay discrimination in the workplace allowing companies to discriminate against those who offend a contractor’s religious views.
Anti-Islam extremism is another issue Trump will likely pander to in 2020.
claiming that Democrats could never love Israel as much as he does is a way for Trump to rally his far-right base.