Two individuals who spoke to Trump say the president has expressed suspicion that members of his own party believe he will be defeated by Joe Biden. The sense of paranoia has been fed by presidential aides and confidants who have flagged recent news coverage for Republican politicians either openly criticizing their conduct or trying to distance themselves from potential electoral bloodshed Huh. According to one of the sources with direct knowledge, the president is already considering retaliation.
“[The president] Said something to the effect of: If you are going away from him now, he does not bother to return for a favor when he wins, ”said another source. “He made a comment about how there are some people out there who you can only trust when things are going your way.”
Some of the coverage bookmarked for Trump includes recent stories on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who not only split with the president on the issue of coronovirus-related stimulus legislation, but made the point to say Hae hasn’t been to the White House in weeks due to his cavalier approach to the epidemic.
Trump’s frictions with Republican senators are beyond there. Last week, the president attacked Twitter on Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) over “a bad rumor” that she was going to oppose her Supreme Court nominee, Amy Connie Barrett. He said of the endangered unwell: “Not worth the work!” – There was a brief meeting between Trump strategists, who said it was completely unnecessary. Trump already has enough votes to confirm Barrett.
In addition, within Trump’s inner sanctum, there are suspicions that Sen. Ben Sass’s (R-NE) office leaked the contents of a call he held with Ghatak in which he did not embrace dictators and condemn the conspirators Followed the president for. Trump’s anger boiled over with another Twitter attack on Saturday.
There is also some eye-popping for Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), who, referring to two recent statements, says that he mentions the brief turn that national politics has taken. Notable among those statements was condemnation for Trump and criticism for Biden.
Former Rep. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) said, “You hate to see it, but being on Capitol Hill is a great way to pay attention that you speak out against your party.” Rent. “Ben Sasse is a wise man and I am sorry that he has decided that it is time for Bolt, [but] I don’t know how it helps swing-state [Republicans] Either … but you still don’t see ideological people breaking up. If Ralph Reed said, ‘Well I’m out of here,’ it would be different. ‘
But those who indicate they are ready to jump ship include some of the key players in conservative politics. One of the president’s most powerful and influential confidants, billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is telling allies that he thinks Biden will win in a landslide, as the Daily Beast reported last week, and said the president’s COVID was canceled by management 19 crisis.
Sources familiar with the situation say Trump and Murdoch have not spoken in several weeks. A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on the story, but Trump campaign communications director Tim Murto said in a statement, “President Trump won in 2016 without the vocal support of political insiders and he again The president is backed by 90 percent of Republicans, and our rally data shows that about a quarter of rally registrars are not even registered as Republicans. ”
Knives are not just for Republican turncoats. Within the wider universe of GOP operatives working to re-elect the president, blame casting for campaign positions has already begun. A senior Republican official who consulted the campaign said that while staff still believed the president could win, they were also “concerned about what the official said was going to be spent with things.” Gross incompetence “.
“I think there is a reality where this happens in a campaign. This is the point where people start figuring out who makes a mistake,” said the official. When asked who would take the mistake, the source said Said: “There is no question [former campaign manager] Flat nail [Parscale] Take a big part of it because it’s easy. But anyone with a mind who looks back will point to Jared [Kushner]. Jared cannot be both the mastermind and the Blemless. ”
Inside the broader scope of the GOP, little cold realism about Trump’s prospects has taken hold. Few, if any, are polyandry. The optimism that remains is tied to two characteristics of the race: that the president faced a similar skepticism four years ago (from within his own party) and still won; And that, as it goes around, the Trump campaign has invested more voter turnout than it did in 2016.
He said, “He is not winning but always realizes that he is in this position. , That it will get tighter, and we have this grassroots game that will keep us at the top, ”a GOP official said, joining the re-election effort.
But that officer also accepted the limit of spin. “A ground game is a field goal in a close game,” the official said. “It’s not three touchdowns.”
Among Republican factions, there has been an expectation that Biden’s election will end, along with Trump’s election deficit. But the tightening did not happen as quickly as he expected, and its explanations include the president’s combustible debate performance, his transition to COVID, and the fact that he has been vocal on the airwaves.
There is also a growing consensus among the GOP consulting class that Trump has lost some political instincts that made him unorthodox and effective in the 2016 run. Subsequently, Trump closed the campaign by holding massive scripts, holding rallies and posting only mundane tweets. This go-around, has embraced wild conspiracies – such as the Osama bin Laden raid being staged – and placed more Facebook ads attacking Hillary Clinton than going after Biden on business.
“I think it’s hard when you’re in the White House, but it’s different from 2016,” the GOP official said. “They have no message discipline. It is completely closed at all times. “