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Democrats Learn a Big Lesson for 2020 Vote About Taking on Trump

  • Clinton’s 2016 campaign let him pick the battles, ex-aide says
  • Democrats say next nominee can’t let Trump control the debate
Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Estero, Florida.

Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Estero, Florida.

Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Democratic strategists are absorbing a big lesson from their electoral success this month -- stay focused on economic issues and refuse to play on President Donald Trump’s turf.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton was happy to engage with Trump on issues like stopping refugees and banning Muslims, and she seized on opportunities to go after his temperament and denounce his insulting rhetoric.