As the effects of his gross negligence in the handling of the global pandemic have swept over the country, President Donald Trump is dropping in the polls and facing more criticism than ever and he is lashing out.
One person in particular seems to be the target of his latest tirades- campaign manager Brad Parscale.
Trump’s disastrous round of White House press briefings are not helping have hit his poll numbers hard.
The most damaging one to date, and there are many, has to be the one where he suggested that ingesting disinfectant might be helpful in fighting the coronavirus. Yet moments after HE made those remarks, he was yelling at Parscale.
President Trump is skilled at deflecting blame, this has been clear throughout his time on the political scene, and this incident is no different. Trump slammed Parscale and blamed him for the low polls. He even threatened to sue Parscale.
After the blow up, which had witnesses, Trump took to Twitter to defend Parscale, writing, “Actually, he is doing a great job. I never shouted at him (been with me for years, including the 2016 win), & have no intention to do so.”
Parscale also wanted to do damage control, tweeting that Trump “didn’t yell at me.” The campaign manager did not, however, deny the allegations that Trump had threatened to sue him.
Trump is looking at a tough reelection and his team is trying to get the campaign back on track but with that comes conflict and Trump is not coping.
His tantrums on Parscale is just the latest evidence that Trump may be unraveling.
A Republican close to the White House said this of Trump: “He’s p*ssed because he knows he messed up in those briefings.”
Two days before Trump’s freak out, Parscale and other advisers had presented data to the President that showed him losing in key battleground states.
Parscale and others, including RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, encouraged Trump to take the explosive news conferences down a notch.
They even showed him data that proved these briefings and exchanges with the press were actually damaging his ratings with swing voters. But did Trump take any of that to heart?
In true fashion, Trump told Reuters in an interview that he doesn’t “believe the polls.” He said, taking the opportunity to dig at former VP Joe Biden, “I believe the people of this country are smart. And I don’t think that they will put a man in who’s incompetent.”
Even though Trump has reportedly said he doesn’t believe that the briefings are causing his slip in the polls, he didn’t take questions the day of the Parscale confrontation and the next day he heeded the urging of the aides and canceled the briefing altogether.
In recent days, he has appeared for briefings with a less combative demeanor but those closest to him have no idea how he will proceed.
Two sources close to the situation said that since that day, Trump and Parscale have spent a good deal of time together at the White House talking over the reelection plan.
Trump, speaking about Biden to Reuters, said, “Everything he ever did was bad. His foreign policy was a disaster.” He said that he thinks “China will do anything they can to have me lose this race.”
Trump was also quoted in that interview as denying the possibility that his handling of the pandemic will have any effect on the election, saying, “No, I don’t think so. I think it’s a referendum on a lot of things… I think it’s going to be a referendum on all the things we’ve done and certainly this will be a part of it, but we’ve done a great job.”