Vanity Fair: Trump Desperate, Despondent As Poll Numbers Crater
With President Donald Trump’s decreasing approval levels and the increase in coronavirus cases across the country, “Trump is reluctantly waking up to the grim reality that, if the current situation holds, his reelection is gone,” reported Vanity Fair.
- Trump has reportedly been “down in the dumps” lately, as he is “torn between the imperative to win suburban voters and his instincts to play to his base” and has “complained to people that he’s in a political box with no obvious way out.”
- A Republican in touch with Trump says that the president claims “the polls are all fake” in order to console himself, but Trump is continuing to hit more roadblocks.
- For example, “this week, Jacksonville, Florida—where Trump moved the Republican National Convention so he could hold a 15,000-person rally next month—mandated that people wear masks indoors to slow the explosion of COVID-19 cases.”
- Now, “according to a Republican working on the convention, the campaign is now preparing to cancel the event so that Trump doesn’t suffer another Tulsa–like humiliation.”
- Trump reportedly also “remains furious at his son-in-law Jared Kushner, whom he blames for the campaign’s dismal poll numbers.”
Vanity Fair claims that “nervous Republicans worried about losing the Senate are now debating when to break from Trump,” with many considering Labor Day as “the deadline for Trump to have turned things around.”