With hopes quickly dashing that the Republican nominee is going to make a grand pivot towards the Presidential — and amid tanking poll numbers in key battleground states as well as nationally — the Donald J. Trump campaign has decided to shake things up once more. To this, you can’t say that he isn’t a man of his word: he promised unpredictable, and boy are we getting it.
Stephen K. Bannon of Breitbart News will be stepping down from his position to become the campaign’s CEO, a move that marks the newest attempt from the struggling campaign to keep its head above water. Kellyanne Conway, a frequent on-air surrogate for the nominee in the past, has been promoted to campaign manager.
Trump himself said of the move, “They’re terrific people, they’re winners, they’re champs, and we need to win it.”
That’s going to be tough with a quick glance at the polls, the same ones that Trump touted as the key to his success during the primary battles. Real Clear Politics puts Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton at +6.7 nationally, and key individual states don’t spell success for the real estate mogul either: Florida +4.5 Clinton, Ohio +2.6 Clinton, Pennsylvania +9.2 Clinton, Michigan +6.6 Clinton, New Hampshire +8.2 Clinton, Virginia +10.0 Clinton, and North Carolina +2.0 Clinton.
Hillary Clinton even holds a +0.3 lead in Georgia.
The move, according to CNN, is to “bolster the business-like approach of his campaign.” But many people will point to the tumultuous helm under Paul Manafort — who has been demoted — as a large contributing factor. Although the campaign has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, a New York Times report Sunday alleged that Manafort was on the receiving end of undisclosed cash payments totaling $12.7 million direct from Ukrainian partners. The document were unearthed by Ukraine’s newly-created National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Manafort slammed the New York Times as a result, saying, “Once again, the New York Times has chosen to purposefully ignore facts and professional journalism to fit their political agenda, choosing to attack my character and reputation rather than present an honest report.”
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was fired just weeks before the start of the Republican National Convention after drudging up his own controversial headlines. He said at the time, “There’s a protocol in place… I have no regrets with this campaign,” and denied rumors that he was escorted out of Trump Tower by security.
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