Concerns may run through Trumpland about a potentially major defeat in the upcoming election. POLITICO reported multiple people told them President Donald Trump realizes things aren’t going well.
In the week since his Tulsa rally, the president has grudgingly conceded that he’s behind, according to three people who are familiar with his thinking. Trump, who vented for days about the event, is starting to take a more hands-on role in the campaign and has expressed openness to adding more people to the team. He has also held meetings recently focusing on his efforts in individual battleground states.
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who effectively oversees the campaign from the White House, is expected to play an even more active role…
Trump’s team insists the president’s numbers are bound to improve as he steps up his public events and intensifies his attacks on Biden. People involved in the campaign say they have settled on two main avenues to go after the former vice president: That he’s beholden to liberals who want to do away with law and order, and that he’s a consummate Washington insider.
The campaign has begun a massive TV ad campaign going after the 77-year-old former vice president, including over his mental capacity and his nearly five-decade political career. Hoping to make inroads with African-American voters, Trump’s campaign is running ads slamming Biden over his central role in the 1994 crime bill.
Biden’s role in the 1994 crime bill is extremely troublesome for anyone who cares about justice reform, however, African-Americans love him. And not just because Biden was vice-president to Barack Obama. Biden’s campaign took off in South Carolina earlier this year (boy, this election year has gone on forever) so going after him on justice reform might work among younger progressives, but not necessarily older African-Americans.
One other troublesome comment comes from former adviser Sam Nunberg (who proclaimed to be a Trump supporter despite crowing to CNN in 2018, “I’m not a Donald Trump fan, as I told you before, okay? He treated me like crap.”) regarding the 2020 prospects of the GOP. Via POLITICO:
If Trump’s numbers erode to 35 percentage points over the next two weeks, Nunberg added, “He’s going to be facing realistically a 400-plus electoral vote loss and the president would need to strongly reconsider whether he wants to continue to run as the Republican presidential nominee.”
I’ll believe it when I see it which I doubt will happen. Although, boy, would 2020 be completely wheels off if both Biden and Trump stepped aside for health or polling reasons. Although that might make it harder for Libertarian nominee Dr. Jo Jorgensen to somehow end up on the debate stage.
Anyway, Trump’s campaign appears far from worried about the prospects of a 2020 loss.
“There was similar fretting in 2016 and if it had been accurate, Hillary Clinton would be in the White House right now. Joe Biden is the weakest Democrat candidate in a generation and we are defining him that way,” said Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh to POLITICO. “We are four months from Election Day and in the end it will be a clear choice between President Trump’s incredible record of achievement and Joe Biden’s half-century of failure in Washington, D.C.”
Murtaugh is right regarding Election Day because we’re only at the end of June when it feels like early September 2030 from a timeline standpoint. The polls will probably tighten up as we get closure to November, however, would anyone be shocked if Trump just decided to pack things up and leave the nomination to someone else?
Exit comment from the President which may have been a response to the POLITICO piece.
Four months to go. Four. Long. Months.