People who were involved on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign are attempting to stage a coup against his 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale.
Vanity Fair‘s Gabriel Sherman reported that according to a veteran of that 2016 campaign, the reelection campaign is already a “sh*tshow.”
“There’s a revolt against Parscale,” a former White House official told Sherman.
People familiar with the situation said officials from Trump’s 2016 team, including controversial former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and his deputy David Bossie, have been lobbying Trump to replace the current campaign manager.
“Corey thinks there needs to be an intervention,” a Republican briefed on the conversations said, adding that the former campaign manager thinks Parscale “f*cked up the midterms” and is “giving Trump terrible advice.”
“Brad was telling Trump back in July that it would be fine if he lost the House,” the Republican added. “During the shutdown, he was telling Trump ‘you’re winning.’’’
Parscale, the report noted, released a poll Monday that claims to show how the shutdown isn’t hurting Trump’s chances at reelection.
“He keeps telling Trump he’s on a tear,” the GOP source told Vanity Fair.
Trump, meanwhile, is blaming Office of Management and Budget director and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney for the “bad press” during the shutdown, the Republican said — and believes White House communications director Bill Shine “isn’t helping either.”