WH Insider: Trump Sees Himself As Coronavirus’s Biggest Victim
President Donald Trump rolled into Memorial Day weekend complaining that he was the coronavirus’s biggest victim and raging against the pandemic’s economic impact as it threatens his reelection, according to Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman.
A source who spoke with Trump late last week told Sherman: “[Trump] was just in a fucking rage. He was saying, ‘This is so unfair to me! Everything was going great. We were cruising to reelection!”
The adviser said Trump also complained that he was not warned of the pandemic sooner, saying, “The intelligence community let me down!” The source told Sherman “the problem” is that Trump “has no empathy.”
Sherman reported that the White House declined to comment for the story.
Concern that Trump’s reelection chances are dwindling as the pandemic wears on has impacted the president’s campaign strategy, according to the report, though Trump appears unable to shift from his default attack mode.
On Tuesday, “the campaign promoted former White House political director Bill Stepien to deputy campaign manager and named Stephanie Alexander, the Midwest political director, to the post of campaign chief of staff.”
The moves are viewed by many in Trump’s circle as a demotion for his campaign manager, Brad Parscale.
A Republican who has heard Trump speak to Parscale told Sherman the president has berated the campaign manager: “Trump has been screaming at Brad, ‘How many fucking times do I have to tell you I don’t like this! Are you fucking stupid?’”; however, a campaign spokesperson disputed the account.
The changes come as the campaign’s internal polling shows “Trump is trailing Biden by double digits among women over 50 in six swing states.”
A former White House officials said “Trump is doing it to himself by tweeting idiotic conspiracy theories about Joe Scarborough. Women are tired of this shit.”
Likewise, an outside adviser told Sherman: “Trump can’t pivot to a different strategy. He only knows one strategy—which is attack. It worked in 2016. But now it’s not what people are looking for.”
Sherman reported that many Republicans told him Trump’s only hope for success in November is that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden implodes.