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Trump Campaign Manager Thinks He’s Going To Lose, According To Senior Advisors

At least three senior advisors to the Trump campaign have the impression that campaign manager Bill Stepien expects a loss in November. He’s not the only one.

DES MOINES, IOWA – OCTOBER 14: President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at the Des Moines International Airport on October 14, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. According to a recent poll, Trump leads former Vice President Joe Biden by 6 points in the state. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Axios reports that three senior campaign members have had conversations with campaign manager Bill Stepien that left them believing he has low expectations for the November election, less than three weeks away. They’ve heard him give optimistic views and tell advisors to ignore polls, but they’re also hearing him describe the campaign as a plane flying through turbulence, with a goal to land safely.

They say they’re not hearing any concrete strategies to get the necessary 270 electoral votes, and Stepien is still having to play “CYA” with the president, avoiding giving him the kind of bad news that could make his temper explode at those around him.

If Stepien is expecting the worst, he’s not alone. According to The Guardian, Ted Cruz has expressed fears of a “bloodbath of Watergate proportions,” and Thom Tillis is already talking about focusing on keeping a Republican majority in the Senate to check Joe Biden’s presidential powers.

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse has also expressed doubts, telling a constituent recently that the reasons he is so critical of Trump include his fawning over dictators white supremacists and his open misogyny, and has also used the term ‘bloodbath,’ expressing concerns that Republicans could lose broadly in November.

Polls are reflecting their fears. FiveThirtyEight‘s current election forecast gives Trump less than 1 chance in 7 of winning the election, and sees Democrats as fairly likely to win the Senate, and very likely to keep the House.



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