Axios: Trump Campaign Manager Privately Bracing For Electoral Loss
According to Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, three senior Trump advisers who spoke with Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien recently came away thinking he believes they will lose in November.
The Trump campaign is filled with internal blaming and pre-spinning of a potential loss, accelerating a dire mood that's driven by a daily barrage of bleak headlines, campaign and White House officials tell me.
- One adviser told Swan: "A lot of this is the president himself. You can't heal a patient who doesn't want to take the diagnosis."
- Stepien reportedly holds weekly pep talks, during which he tells staffers why they should ignore bleak public polls.
- “But in other private conversations, described by multiple sources, Stepien can seem darkly pessimistic,” Swan reported. “He likens the campaign to an airplane flying through turbulence, saying: ‘It's our job to safely land the plane.’"
- Three sources said they sense that Stepien is deeply pessimistic about President Trump’s chances of winning, with one telling Swan: "It's not a great feeling when you get the sense the campaign manager doesn't deep down think we're going to win.”
- However, Stepien himself rejected the notion that he thinks Trump will lose, saying Friday: "With each day closer to November 3, our campaign data presents a clear pathway to 270 for the President that provides me more confidence than ever in President Trump's re-election."