( CNN) This past week President Donald Trump went after some of his favorite targets. Within the span of a few days, he lashed out at migrants in Central America who are seeking legal asylum in the US, rejected his predecessor as “Cheatin' Obama, ” brought back his false claims about voters perpetrating massive fraud in the 2016 election and ran after a few of his most-hated news organizations, including CNN and the Washington Post. “The Washington Post is far more fiction than fact, ” the president tweeted Sunday morning.

In times of war, it has been common for chairwomen to drum up public support for a military operation by rallying the nation against an evil that lurked overseas. Sometimes it hasn't taken great efforts by a president to make this case, such as with Adolf Hitler in the early 1940 s. Other days, such as with Saddam Hussein in 2002 and 2003, the commander in chief faces a much bigger challenge in trying to prove that an adversary represents a direct threat who are in need of military action.

This tactic has been central to the President's method of political combat at home. Often utilizing catchy monikers to make his lawsuit, President Trump goes all in when he rips apart a target, with the goal of stimulating certain the public can never look at that person or organization the same way again. By the time he is done with them, Trump's hope is that the public won't trust an individual or organization, won't believe anything that they say and will fear them as threats to the republic.