Before the Donald Trump era, an astute White House press secretary or campaign spokesperson would have recognized the professional danger in making the prediction of a massive victory for his or her boss early on election day. Not to mention the memes that might flood social media as a perpetual reminder of the misguided cheerleading if the boss loses.
So it’s perplexing why Kayleigh McEnany on Tuesday thought it wise to predict that President Trump will defeat former vice president Joe Biden in a “landslide.” Flipping the middle finger at the Hatch Act by appearing on Fox News as both White House press secretary and Trump campaign spokesperson, she said the Trump campaign “believes that tonight will be a landslide” and that the president has a “lock” on the swing states of Florida and Ohio.
During his own appearance on Fox Tuesday morning, even Trump wouldn’t go out on the “landslide” limb where McEnany now is perched. He simply said he thinks he has “a solid chance of winning.”
“We believe this will be a landslide and for the Biden campaign to come out and double down on Hillary Clinton’s egregious statement that no circumstance should you concede just tells you all you need to know,” McEnany said, adding that Trump will also carry Minnesota and Nevada, where polls currently show him trailing Biden.
She also predicted that Trump again will win Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan like he did in 2016, even though polling in those battleground states shows them pretty much dead even.