President Trump spent part of the Thursday meeting with top campaign officials, as crater polls show he won easily in 2016, such as Ohio, and became battlefields.
Bloomberg reported that the president met with campaign manager Brad Parscale, his deputy Bill Stepien, pollster Tony Fabrizio, and assistants Jared Kushner and Mark Meadows at the White House.
The meeting comes on the heels of one report in The New York Times quoted the president who lashed out at his campaign team for his electoral problems, telling them, “Biden has a squad of assassins and all I have is a defense.”
President Trump meets heads of his White House reelection campaign on Thursday after internal and public elections showed him in states, such as Ohio, that he was expected to win in November
Campaign manager Brad Parscale was one of those who went to the White House. Trump previously yelled at Parscale about his declining fortunes in 2020, including in April when the president threatened to sue his campaign leader
Recent public polls show Joe Biden, the suspected Democratic candidate, is gaining ground in states like Ohio, Arizona and Wisconsin, which President Trump won in 2016
The same report said internal polling shows Trump far behind Biden in his reelection effort.
Parscale and Republican National Committee chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel had told Trump that his daily coronavirus information about the task force was damaging his political standing.
The president shouted a day after he floated to Parscale that the coronavirus can be controlled by bringing sunlight into the body or injecting disinfectants, after hearing of a study looking at how long the virus survived on surfaces.
Now Trump is facing converging crises, with the COVID-19 death toll still rising, as multitudes of Americans across the country protest the death of George Floyd.
The President has increasingly responded in a way that could help him maintain his base but scare away other major voters.
“He’s too flawed to have a strategy than to be who he is,” Rob Stutzman, a California-based GOP strategist, told The Times. “By default, the president bases messages regardless of strategy, so his campaign becomes a grassroots campaign.”
In recent weeks, Trump has turned both the coronavirus into an us-versus-them problem by winking at the predominantly white protesters who showed up for the state capital to demonstrate the national and local home commands while demonstrating the Democratic governors reprimands they issued.
And now Trump leaned back into the Black Lives Matter vs Blue Lives Matter debate by ushering in police officers killed by looters and complaining about reporting the protests by describing those in attendance as “ murderers, terrorists, arsonists, anarchists, criminals. ” , gangsters, looters, ANTIFA and others, in a tweet on Thursday.
As the Times report indicates, some of the most recent primary data suggests that Trump is already having trouble keeping suburban voters.
While the votes of Tuesday’s presidential election in Maryland are still trickling in, 11 percent of Republican voters in the state elected former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, who dropped out in March, over Trump.
But in Montgomery County, the upscale county bordering Washington D.C., 22 percent of Republican voters chose Weld, while about 78 percent went for Trump, with 56 percent of the vote.
Recent polls – which have not even fully taken into account the way Trump handled racial turmoil – show Ohio, and Arizona, changing in the fray.
Trump won Ohio by 8 points and Arizona by 3.5 points in 2016.
A Ohio Fox News Poll Released Wednesday, Biden showed two points ahead of Trump – 45 percent to 43 percent.
Trump placed Ohio in the Republican category after being won twice by President Barack Obama and winning the 2004 election for Republican President George W. Bush. Democrats had largely given up the state by 2020.
In 2016, Trump underperformed in Arizona, as GOP candidate Mitt Romney won the state by 9 points in 2012.
New poll shows Biden up 4 points in a Fox News poll, while Trump goes up 1 point in a CNBC / Change Research survey.
Wisconsin, one of the three mostly blue states that won Trump, looks good on Biden in Wednesday’s Fox News survey, 9 points ahead.
Trump’s campaign has responded so far by spending $ 1.7 million on ads in Ohio, Arizona and also in Iowa – another state that Trump carried in 2016 – according to The Times.