Over the past few weeks, Donald Trump and his allies have kept a close tab on leading Rs servists, with the president believing they are preparing to throw him off the bus in case he loses the bid to run for re-election.
The two men who spoke to Trump say the president has expressed doubts that members of his own party believe he will be defeated by Judean. That spirit of paranoia has been nurtured by presidential aides and confidants who have publicly criticized Republican politicians for their behavior in public coverage of their behavior or are trying to distance themselves from early-blooded controversy.
According to a source with direct knowledge, the president is already considering revenge.
“[The president] Something said to his influence: If you’re retreating from him now, don’t bother to come back in favor when he wins, “said another source.” He made a comment about how some people out there, while You can only count when things go your way. “
The coverage bookmarked for Trump includes recent stories from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who not only split with the president over the coronavirus-related stimulus law but also made the point that he was not. Due to his equestrian approach to the White House epidemic in the week.
Trump’s confrontation with Republican senators doesn’t stop there. This past week, President Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) took to Twitter to attack “a nasty rumor” that she was going to oppose Supreme Court nominee, Amy Connie Barrett. He said of the endangered present: “The work is not worth it!”
There was even the slightest sigh among Trump strategists, who noted that it was absolutely unnecessary: they already had enough votes to confirm Barrett.
In addition, there is a strong suspicion in Trump’s inner sanctuary that Sen. Ben Sass’s (R-NE) office leaked the contents of a call he made to voters in which he disciplined the president for adopting dictatorships and not condemning conspirators. With the call on Saturday, Trump’s anger flared up with one more Twitter attack.
Sen after that. Meet Rome (R-UT), who has made two statements on his mark, describing him as a corrosive figure in national politics. Notable in those statements was the condemnation for Trump and the way to criticize Biden.
“You hate to see it, but staying on Capitol Hill, a great way to attract attention is to speak out against your own party,” said the former rapper, who has served as an official Trump for years. Jack Kingston (R-GA) said. Surrogate. “Ben Sess is an intelligent man and I’m sorry he decided to bolt this time. [but] I don’t know how it helps in the swing-state [Republicans] Either … but you still don’t see ideological people broken. If Ralph Reed had said, ‘Well, I’m out of here,’ it would have been different. “
However, it does indicate that they are ready to jump ship, including some big players in Rs. Billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, one of the president’s most powerful and influential believers, has been telling allies that he believes Biden will win the landslide, the Daily Beast reported last week. Murdoch specifically said he was ousted by the president over the mismanagement of the COVID-19 crisis.
Sources familiar with the situation say Trump and Murdoch have not spoken in several weeks. A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on the story, but Trump campaign communicator Tim Murtuf said in a statement: “President Trump won in 2016 without the support of the political elite, and he is going to do it again. The president has the support of more than 90 percent Republicans, and our rally data shows that almost a quarter of the rally registrars are not even registered as Republicans. “
But the knives are out, and not just for the apparent turncoat. GOP working to re-elect the President In the broad universe of operatives, the game of guilt has begun. A senior Republican official who has consulted with the campaign said that while employees still believed the president could win, they were increasingly surprised that the official described it as “a complete inability to understand how things are being spent.” Was described.
“I think there is a reality where this happens in the campaign. This is where people start to find out who is to blame, “the official said. Asked who will take the blame, the source added:” There is no question. [former campaign manager] Brad [Parscale] It will take a big part of it, because it’s easy. But anyone with a brain that looks back at this will point to Jared [Kushner]. Jared cannot be both mastermind and flawless. “
Comprehensive G.O.P. Within circles, a little cold reality about Trump’s prospects has caught on. Few, if any, are multicellular. The remaining optimism is linked to two features of the race: that the president faced similar skepticism four years ago (included from his own party) and still won; And to put it bluntly, in the Trump campaign he has invested significantly in voter turnout compared to 2016.
“He’s not winning, but there’s always a sense that he was in this position , That it will get tighter, and we have this ground game that will put us on top, ”said G.O.P. The official said.
But that officer also accepted the spin limit. “The ground game is a field goal in a close game,” the official said. “It’s not three touchdowns.”
Among Republican activists, it is expected that Tripp’s voting deficit with Biden will close as the election approaches. It hasn’t happened as quickly as hoped for, and the revelations for it include the president’s fiery debate performance, his personal infection with the virus that knocked him out, and the fact that he’s been outspent on airwaves.
G.O.P. There is also a growing consensus in the advisory class that Trump has lost some of the political instincts that made him unconventional and effective in 2016. Trump then closed the campaign, largely by following the script, holding rallies, and posting only physical tweets. . In this way, he has admitted to wild conspiracies such as the Osama bin Laden raid being carried out and he has placed more Facebook ads attacking Hillary Clinton than Biden going over the trade.
“I think it’s hard when you’re in the White House, but it’s different than in 2016,” G.O.P. The official said. “They have no message discipline. It’s off the rails full time. ”