Back when the Paul Manafort/Corey Lewandowski duo were still running the show for Trump, they’d typically divide up Sunday morning between them and each hit one or two different programs. If you expected that to continue with new campaign CEO Steve Bannon and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, adjust your expectations. Conway did three shows last week while Bannon was nowhere to be found, seemingly replaced as top surrogate by RNC chief Reince Priebus. This week it’s more of the same: Conway, the soft-spoken campaign pro, is back for two shows, “Face the Nation” and “Fox News Sunday,” while Priebus is set for “Meet the Press.” No Trump and still no Bannon, which isn’t surprising after the tabloid revelations of the past few days about his divorce, including allegations by his ex-wife that he didn’t want their children attending school with Jews. It’ll probably be Conway and Priebus on Sunday-show duty for most of the rest of the campaign. At least, that is, until Trump inevitably hires Lewandowski back.
There are several other Trump surrogates booked this morning, one of whom we haven’t seen much of since he was spurned for VP. Chris Christie will be on “This Week,” presumably to defend (or hopefully at least explain) Trump’s immigration shift and his own alleged role in it. Christie did lots of outreach to minority voters during his gubernatorial reelection campaign, a credential he hoped would boost his case for the GOP nomination last year. Presumably he’s planning to use that this morning to defend Trump from Hillary’s alt-right attack. Similarly, Ben Carson will appear after Conway on “Face the Nation” to make the case that Trump will be better for minorities than Clinton would and to tout their upcoming trip together to Detroit to ask for black votes.
Oh yeah: Mike Pence, the guy who’ll be one heartbeat from leading the free world if Trump pulls this off, will also turn up this morning. He’ll be on “State of the Union” talking about various things, likely including touchback amnesty, an idea he championed a decade ago when he was in the House. The full line-up is at the AP.