I'm not surprised that Trump would try this strategy. Much of his presidency and policy is backwards-looking and backwards-thinking. He seems trapped in the past. He thinks dirty industry is great. Pollution controls are bad. Filthy coal is good. The intercity is a terrible place. Blacks should go to the back of the line. Women should be seen and not heard. And queers belong back in the closet.
On a similar note, Bill Moyers' website published a great article on Friday with the title "Donald Trump’s War on the 1960s" (link here). Trump and his supporters want to take us back to about 1953.
Fortunately, most of America doesn't want to go there. And the more Trump and his ilk tries to take us back, the louder we will resist.