Trump's internal polls showed him losing to Joe Biden in several key states and everyone found out — so he just fired the people who did the polls.
Continuing his tradition of blaming everyone but himself for his poor performance, Trump fired several of his internal pollsters over leaked polls showing he would lose to Joe Biden.
It isn't clear if Trump was firing his pollsters because the data leaked or because his performance in the polls was so weak. Either way, it's indicative of Trump's inability to accept the truth: Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of his job performance, and his own polling data shows they have no intention of reelecting him.
For most presidential candidates, such a negative response to a candidate would mean it was time to redesign the campaign's approach or perhaps shake up key campaign staff. But doing those things would require Trump to admit he's polling poorly, which he won't do. Instead, he's shooting the messengers: his pollsters that brought him data he didn't like.
Two pollsters that helped with the 2016 campaign were let go, including one, Michael Baselice, who is close with Brad Parscale, Trump's 2020 campaign manager. Trump also got rid of Brett Lloyd, who heads The Polling Company, Kellyanne Conway's old firm. Indeed, the man has no loyalty to anyone.
March internal poll data showed Trump trailing Biden in 11 key battleground states. In the states that provided him with his narrow path to victory in 2016 — Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — he's behind Biden by double digits. He faces similar bad news in Iowa, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Georgia, Minnesota, and Maine.
And it isn't just that he trails in swing states. Trump's data also shows that he is "underperforming" in red states that "haven't been competitive for decades." For example, Trump leads by only 2 points in Texas.
Trump initially tried to say that the polls were "fake news," but then his people confirmed the numbers, but tried to excuse them by saying they're "ancient." Now, Parscale claims that there have been "huge swings in the President’s favor across the 17 states we have polled, based on the policies espoused by the Democrats."
Given that poll after poll shows Trump is personally unpopular, as are his hateful policies, everyone in his campaign is going to have to do a lot of spinning until November 2020.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.