Donald Trump is firing back today against The New York Times for a pretty in-depth report about what sounds like a behind-the-scenes meltdown of sorts in his campaign.
The report, from Times reporters Alex Burns and Maggie Haberman, is a treasure trove of remarkable details about the Trump campaign’s attempts to right the ship. See, back in June, top people like Paul Manafort told Trump he needed to get back on track. Trump agreed.
Think about how much nonsense has happened in this election since June, including Trump’s attacks on a Gold Star family and that vague “Second Amendment people” declaration.
This is how Trump insiders are describing the current state of the campaign:
In private, Mr. Trump’s mood is often sullen and erratic, his associates say. He veers from barking at members of his staff to grumbling about how he was better off following his own instincts during the primaries and suggesting he should not have heeded their calls for change…
[I]n interviews with more than 20 Republicans who are close to Mr. Trump or in communication with his campaign, many of whom insisted on anonymity to avoid clashing with him, they described their nominee as exhausted, frustrated and still bewildered by fine points of the political process and why his incendiary approach seems to be sputtering.
One major GOP lobbyist supporting Trump said, “He has three or four good days and then makes another gaffe. Hopefully, he can have some more good days.”
Even Rudy Giuliani concedes that “it took him a little while to realize that we’re moving from a primary campaign to a presidential campaign.”
There’s a hell of a lot to digest in the report––Trump didn’t seem particularly eager to win over Republican governors or donors, and he “has also continued to seek advice from Corey Lewandowski” (ahem, CNN)––before the stunning revelation that, once again, there was a meeting about righting the ship hours before that “Second Amendment people” vagueness.
This was Trump’s response to that entire report:
The failing @nytimes has become a newspaper of fiction. Their stories about me always quote non-existent unnamed sources. Very dishonest!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2016
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