Even Donald Trump knows he is in deep, deep trouble in the 2020 race - CNNPolitics


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Via:  jbb  •  4 weeks ago  •  13 comments

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Even Donald Trump knows he is in deep, deep trouble in the 2020 race - CNNPolitics
During his rambling speech in the Rose Garden Tuesday, President Donald Trump pushed back on the idea that his campaign was flailing.

Trump is in BIG TROUBLE...and he knows it!

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(CNN)During his rambling speech in the Rose Garden Tuesday, President Donald Trump pushed back on the idea that his campaign was flailing.

"I think we have really good poll numbers," he said. Twenty-four hours later, Trump removed his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, and replaced him with Bill Stepien, a longtime political hand with ties to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. So, yeah. While there's long been a massive disconnect between Trump's public bluster and private worries, anger and anxiety, the demotion of Parscale is a shining example of that chasm. The truth that any politician knows is that you don't get rid of your campaign manager unless things are not going well. And you especially don't get rid of your campaign manager 111 days before the election -- unless things are going REALLY badly. Read More Which, for Trump, they are. Remarkably so. A new Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday showed former Vice President Joe Biden with a massive 52% to 37% lead over the incumbent. An NBC-Wall Street Journal poll also released Wednesday showed Biden up 11 on Trump. Polling in swing states like Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin show Biden comfortably ahead -- and there's even polling in typically red states like Arizona, Texas and Georgia that suggest Biden is competitive with Trump in those places. View 2020 presidential election polling Things have grown so dire for Trump that non-partisan political handicappers are now predicting a Democratic takeover of the Senate due to Trump's current disastrous polling numbers. Talk of Republicans retaking the House majority is nonexistent. Every sign is pointing to an apocalyptic election for Republicans -- one that could set the party back at the state and national level for years, if not decades. Trump, publicly, acknowledges none of this. Even in announcing the removal of Parscale and the promotion of Stepien, Trump sought to cast the 2020 election as a layup. "This one should be a lot easier as our poll numbers are rising fast, the economy is getting better, vaccines and therapeutics will soon be on the way, and Americans want safe streets and communities," he wrote in a Facebook post on the moves. But, at some level, he knows how bad things are. This, from CNN's writeup of Parscale's removal, gets at that: "The future of Parscale, who had been lauded by the President and his allies as a digital guru who helped secure Trump's first election effort and became his reelection campaign manager in early 2018, had been in serious doubt for weeks. In addition to the President's lagging poll numbers, Trump was furious after a much-hyped return to the campaign trail fell flat at the end of June. A planned rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, fell well short of expectations after Parscale predicted massive crowds, not only inside the 19,000-seat arena but outside as well." Now, it's important to remember that the demotion of Parscale -- he is reportedly expected to stay on in a diminished role as the head of the campaign's digital operation -- does not fundamentally alter the trajectory of the race or even of Trump's reelection effort.

As all of the stories written about the campaign shakeup noted, Parscale may have had the title of campaign manager but Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law, was always the real boss of the campaign. Kushner, as he was in the 2016 race, is the closest person to Trump -- he is literally family -- and is the final decider on most things. (Why, you ask, does Kushner not have the title of campaign manager? My educated guess: He doesn't want the public responsibility if things go south.) Visit CNN's Election Center for full coverage of the 2020 race And, because Trump is Trump, even Kushner gets overruled by him. Most candidates believe themselves to be the best political strategist they have and Trump is no different. In fact, he is more involved in the micro-pieces of the campaign than most candidates for national office. Then there's this: The average person has no idea who Parscale is. Or Stepien. So moving them around within the campaign doesn't change the fundamental problems that face Trump. His handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been an absolute disaster -- in terms of public health and political reverberations. His tone-deaf response to the nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody in late May has amped up the tensions rather than quieted them. Even the economy, once considered Trump's, uh, trump card, in the 2020 election, has turned against him. In the Quinnipiac poll, 50% said Biden would do a better job handling the economy while 45% said Trump would. That's a reversal from a June Q poll that gave Trump a 51% to 45% edge over Biden on the economy. Simply put: Things are bad for Trump. Very bad. It's worth noting that Trump had three campaign managers in his 2016 race -- Corey Lewandowski, Paul Manafort and, finally, Kellyanne Conway. He managed to win anyway. Which, if you are looking for the silver-est possible lining in this dark cloud, might suggest that Trump is simply not bound by the traditional rules of politics. But shuffling his campaign staff won't magically fix all the problems that plague his reelection bid. The moves amount to an acknowledgment by the President that the 2020 race is nowhere near where he wants it to be and that things need to change if he wants to have a chance at winning. Will he ever say that publicly? Of course not! He'll continue to insist he is going to win easily -- and regale audiences with stories of how no one said he could win in 2016. But the moves Trump made Wednesday night speak louder than any words he says publicly. And they say this: I'm in deep, deep trouble.


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1  seeder  JBB    4 weeks ago

It isn't looking good for the Trump reelection effort.

1.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1    4 weeks ago

Fucker Carlson?  LOL!  His ratings don't mean [deleted] because only tRump supporters watch his racist ass.  That long planned vacation after his racist writer was fired?  LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Even though a republican won Sessions spot, it's still a triumph. [deleted]

1.1.2  TTGA  replied to  Tessylo @1.1.1    4 weeks ago

Well, of course, the Communist News Network is so much the better source.

Buzz of the Orient
1.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  TTGA @1.1.2    4 weeks ago

Isn't it banned in America?

1.1.4  TTGA  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.3    2 weeks ago
Isn't it banned in America?

Nope, we have our own home grown version of Communism.  We call it CNN..

1.2  devangelical  replied to  JBB @1    4 weeks ago

trump's limp dicked response to the pandemic with 140K dead americans and counting.

40 million unemployed, small business and the middle class teetering on the brink with the economy in shambles.

trump's russian pal bending him over at will without any fear of retaliation.

"only I can fix it"........... bwah ha ha ha, loser...........

1.2.1  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @1.2    4 weeks ago

There is no leadership in the now White Trash House with tRump and his criminal enterprise of an administration.

Everyone/all states have been left to their own devices since that turd gained the now White Trash House.  That is true for EVERYTHING including this pandemic, which if it hadn't been for tRump, we would be in much better circumstances at this point. . . . What a FUBAR/SNAFU this 'president' and his gang of thugs, thieves, gangsters, and grifters are/is.  

1.2.2  loki12  replied to  devangelical @1.2    4 weeks ago
trump's russian pal bending him over at will without any fear of retaliation

You're homophobic bigotry aside,

Remember when trump gave putin Crimea?

Remember when trump refused to sell Ukraine weapons to defend themselves?

Remember when trump stopped the missile defense system for out European neighbors because it made Vlad mad?

Remember when trump allowed russian Air Force jets to bomb Americans?

Remember when Vlad removed trumps red line and then made him eat it?

Remember when trump allowed russia to interfere in an election?

Remember when trump told Vlad he would be more flexible?

Greg Jones
1.3  Greg Jones  replied to  JBB @1    4 weeks ago

Don't get your hopes up too much. Once the voters get a good look at clown shoes Biden and his lack of presidential presence, they will reelect Trump.

Any of these early polls mean little, and the Dems are going have some scandals to deal with later this summer.

1.3.1  devangelical  replied to  Greg Jones @1.3    4 weeks ago
Biden and his lack of presidential presence

bwah ha ha ha, compared to who? the overlord of tea party dipshits? the protector of fake xtian hypocrites?

2  loki12    4 weeks ago

This race is still between trump and some unnamed democrat, eventually Joe dementia is going to have to appear in public without his handlers feeding him talking points......Arizona is an important city?   this is what America will see,  of course his liberal supporters will say Joe is just a gaff machine, but America will be able to tell he has lost his grip on reality.    

So democrats, who is going to replace him at the convention? if it's not Bernie you will lose again.

3  loki12    4 weeks ago

And a staffer for the Biden campaign explains why the Police have endorsed trump over Biden.

Way to shoot yourself in the foot douchebag.



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