Senior Donald Trump reelection campaign staff, including campaign manager Brad Parscale and White House campaign leader Jared Kushner, also the president’s son-in-law, appear to be targeting the president after the busy meeting of Saturday “return” in Tulsa. Okla
Trump was visibly shocked after fewer than 6,200 people showed up to see him speak at the 19,000-seat BOK arena.
“Brad really shit in bed on Saturday night,” a Republican source told Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman. “You have to remember: execution is 95% of presidential policy.”
Parscale, a San Antonio web developer with no political experience before running digital operations for Trump’s 2016 bid, overstated the rally on social media with boasts of 1 million RSVPs and massive “data transfer”.
Subsequently, it was widely reported that a good part of those records, and their data, were false, the result of an clandestine sting by users on the social media platform TikTok and fans of South Korean pop music (K-pop) conceived by a 51 grandmother from Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Parscale blamed the protesters and the press in a statement posted on the campaign’s website.
“The fact is, a week’s worth of bogus media outlets warning people to walk away from the rally due to COVID and the protesters, along with recent images of burning American cities, had a real impact in the people who brought their families and children to the demonstration, “he wrote.
“Shocked” by the number of empty seats, The New York Times reported shortly after the demonstration that Trump appeared to have temporarily relieved Parscale of command, passing the reins, for the time being, to Kushner.
Sherman reported Monday that the empty sections in the arena so enraged Trump that he threatened not to go on stage. Parscale, according to the report, had plans to resign.
“He knows he cannot survive,” Sherman reported.
However, senior campaign adviser Jason Miller told Sherman that Parscale was safe.
“Brad is the campaign manager and he is the manager,” said Miller.
However, Trump is also considering reducing the role of the Kushner campaign, sources told Vanity Fair. The president has reportedly become increasingly frustrated in polls, which in recent weeks consistently show he follows his alleged Democratic opponent Joe Biden by double digits.
However, Kushner, who married Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka, and is the father of three of his grandchildren, appears to be particularly inoculated with the President’s famous and tempestuous temperament. In an interview that aired the day after the rally, former national security adviser John Bolton said Kushner was the most powerful person in the White House, other than Trump himself.
“It varies from time to time,” Bolton said. “The sustained answer to that question … is Jared Kushner.”
Sherman reported that Trump was considering a series of replacements for Parscale, including Miller and Corey Lewandowski, who had not gotten along well with Kushner in the past.
However, Trump can see top candidates as lightweights.
“Corey was great when it was just about Trump and an airplane. But let’s be honest: He couldn’t handle a 7-Eleven,” someone close to Trump told Sherman. “The serious operation will be carried out by serious people.”
In recent weeks, reports have put veteran election strategist Karl Rove with Trump in the White House. Rove’s first visit was reportedly sponsored by longtime friend of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, who fears that the divisive tone of the Trump campaign may cost Republicans control of the Senate. .
During the 2016 campaign, Rove allegedly called Trump a “complete idiot.” The future president returned the burn by calling Rove a “drug” and a “doll.” The force that united them? Trump’s disappointment with Parscale.