Trump’s touted digital reelection strategy lost its Darth Vader

Charlie Sykes | The Bulwark

For a brief few hours Wednesday, after a massive hack bitcoin/scam, Twitter shut down all of its verified accounts, which gave all of us a glimpse of what a better world would be like. The brief quarantine of the blue check marks even affected President Trump who was forced to go to Facebook to fire his campaign manager Brad Parscale, amid ghastly poll numbers.

In public, Trump and his lackeys insist that the numbers are fake and that he is #winning. But , obviously, Trump is seeing the same numbers in private. Thus the defenestration of the over-promoted troll who had been running his campaign.

Just months ago, Parscale had promised the campaign would be activating what he called the “Death Star,” but succeeded only in creating a thousand Twitter memes about its spectacular failure.

Not even the fact that he kept Trump family members and girlfriends on his payroll was enough to save his grift after the fiasco in Tulsa. And then things got worse.

How much worse? Wednesday was the the worst polling day of Trump’s presidency..

It began with a CNBC poll showing that Biden was maintaining his lead in crucial swing states.

Here’s how Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, and the Republican Trump matched up in individual states:

•Arizona: Biden 51%, Trump 45%
•Florida: Biden 50%, Trump 43%
•Michigan: Biden 48%, Trump 42%
•North Carolina: Biden 47%, Trump 46%
•Pennsylvania: Biden 50%, Trump 42%
•Wisconsin: Biden 48%, Trump 42%

Then came a Monmouth poll out of Pennsylvania, showing Trump down by 13 points.

This was quickly followed by a devastating Quinnipiac poll showing Biden leading Trump nationally by a staggering 15 percentage points. “There is no upside, no silver lining, no encouraging trend hidden somewhere in this survey for the president,” said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.

As coronavirus cases surge and states rollback re-openings, former Vice President Joe Biden opens up his biggest lead this year over President Donald Trump in the race for the White House. Registered voters back Biden over Trump 52 – 37 percent, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University national poll released today. This compares to a June 18th national poll when Biden led Trump 49 – 41 percent. Since March, Biden’s lead had ranged from 8 to 11 percentage points.

Independents are a key factor behind Biden’s widening lead as they now back him 51 – 34 percent, while in June, independents were split with 43 percent for Biden and 40 percent for Trump. There is also some movement among Republicans as they back Trump 84 – 9 percent, compared to 92 – 7 percent in June. Democrats go to Biden 91 – 5 percent, little changed from 93 – 4 percent in June.

“Yes, there’s still 16 weeks until Election Day, but this is a very unpleasant real time look at what the future could be for President Trump.”
Wait, there was more. In late afternoon, the NBC/WSJ poll came out, also showing Biden leading by double digits, and showing a deadly political trend line for Trump.

The poll shows Biden ahead of Trump by 11 points among registered voters, 51 percent to 40 percent, which is well outside the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

Biden’s lead in last month’s poll was 7 points, 49 percent to 42 percent.

In addition, the poll shows Democrats enjoying an intensity advantage heading into November, and it has Trump’s job rating declining to 42 percent — its lowest level in two years.

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At this point, it is important to note that little to none of this is Brad Parscale’s fault. He wasn’t the one screwing the pooch on the pandemic, or staging cringey photo ops with bibles, or ignoring Russian bounties on American soldiers, or lighting the fires of racial tension, or delivering incoherent press conferences in the Rose Garden.

The election is shaping up to be a referendum on Donald Trump, and the far away galaxy doesn’t have enough lipstick to put on that pig.

BTW: the new guy? Bill Sepien, of Bridgegate fame.

Exit take: The president continues to turn his lonely eyes to… Jared Kushner. As the NYT reports this morning: “Mr. Trump is often described as his own campaign manager, and his political operation, which is overseen by Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, has been tailored to his desires.”

What could go wrong?

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