“There’s massive anxiety in the GOP that he’s gonna take them all down with him.”

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The GOP and the Trump campaign are running out of time — remember how in 2016 these months were crucial for turning the Trump campaign around, complete with the exit of Manafort, the arrival of Bannon, and all that mischief including Roger Stone.

Recent internal polls show Trump trailing Joe Biden in six swing states, a data point that augurs a landslide loss in November. “The swing state polls are horrific,” a prominent Republican briefed on the numbers told me. The White House’s COVID-19 outbreak is only the latest headline that reinforces the narrative that Trump can’t get control of the pandemic.

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Seeking to change the trajectory of the race, Trump is now discussing a shake-up to his campaign leadership, three sources close to the White House told me. Two sources said Trump has told people he wants to install 2016 campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in a senior role. “Trump’s feeling is, ‘why are we losing everywhere?’ The president is sick of it,” another former West Wing official said.

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Trump’s interest in Lewandowski has sparked conflict with Jared Kushner, two sources said. “There’s a battle over personnel,” a former West Wing official said. Kushner is strongly opposed to Lewandowski joining the campaign, sources said. Kushner led the effort to force out Lewandowski in 2016, and has since successfully kept Lewandowski on the outer edge of Trump’s orbit.

According to two sources, Kushner is trying to recruit Mike Pence’s former chief of staff Nick Ayers to take a senior campaign role. In 2018, Kushner recruited Ayers to replace John Kelly as Trump’s chief of staff. Ayers turned down the offer, and sources said he has no interest in joining the Trump campaign. One person close to Ayers told me he’s aligning himself with Nikki Haley to lead her potential 2024 campaign. “He views Haley as the right train to be on,” the source said.

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According to a source briefed on the widely reported call, Parscale told Trump to blame the campaign’s struggle on Kushner. “Brad said, ‘Blame the people Jared brought in,’” the source said. (Parscale did not respond to a request for comment.)

As Trump debates who should lead his campaign, he’s also struggling to settle on a 2020 strategy.

  • Some advisers are lobbying Trump to embrace the reopening. “They’re going to gamble on the economy and hope it works,” a former West Wing official said.
  • But another camp is pushing the view that Trump should run on a blame-China message.

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8 Comments on "“There’s massive anxiety in the GOP that he’s gonna take them all down with him.”"

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moosetracks
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moosetracks

Bye bye for more than a generation, you are all going down

Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

You will reap what you sowed.

Inzane
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Inzane

Any ship TrumpAss captains is sure to sink.

Johnnie Z
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Johnnie Z

The Democratic party can be saved because not all of the Democratic party members are neo-liberals that jumped on the Reaganomics bandwagon during the seventies and eighties. But the Republican party can’t be saved, it is almost entirely made of Neo-conservatives, which of course are the job shipping slave driving trickle down corporate suck ups.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico
If there have ever been a more deserving group of ( lier’s by proxy) , I don’t know who they are . Everyone knows they brought it on themselves. They backed a rotten person, and were so afraid of loosing their jobs ( because they can’t do anything else ) , He was accused of every “rotten act “possible and they went with him . Now , they can go with him . They backed his lies when they knew he was lying to his teeth . Nearly every time he opened his mouth or moved his hands , he… Read more »
Rosalie
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Rosalie

Good Riddance to them all! Vote Blue!

Lou
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That’s right be calm, trump will go away, so calm down we know how bad it’s been under this president. Four years if static lies, and intrust.5 more months maybe this virus and trump will disappear we can get back level headed law in American. BIDEN will keep us together with heart and good economy, be patient and vote.

Independent
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Independent

It would be helpful if independent voters were included in the conversation. We are watching, reading, donating and going to vote. Democrats are not alone. Don’t ignore us.