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Trump ‘knows he’s losing’ – but can’t entirely fire Brad Parscale because ‘he knows too much’: report

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President Trump demoted his campaign manager Brad Parscale as new polling shows him losing in five swing states. According to an analysis from Axios, it’s a significant development because it signifies that Trump knows that he’s losing.

Parscale played a large role in Trump’s 2016 win as the architect of his digital strategy. According to Axios’ report, there’s a reason that Parscale will remain on Team Trump despite his demotion.

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“Trump really can’t fire Brad: He knows too much, and he built the digital infrastructure the campaign relies on,” Axios states.

As Axios points out, Bill Stepien, a Trump loyalist and longtime GOP operative, will be taking Parscale’s place. “Stepien worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign, then was White House political director before moving to the campaign.”

Read the full report over at Axios.


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Will we ever know how much money Trump and his family squeezed out of his presidency?

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

Four years ago, a victorious Donald Trump insisted that he had only lost the popular vote due to widespread fraud while raising tens of millions of dollars for his inauguration. Now, as his baseless, often goofy lawsuits get laughed out of courtroom after courtroom, a defeated Trump and his allies are raising tens of millions of dollars from his easily-enraged MAGA base to "stop the steal." And the lion's share of the $207 million Trump has raised since the election hasn't been spent on his legal campaign, but will instead fund his new political slush fund, among other things.

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Critics pile on #DesperateDonald for last second demand Georgia’s governor override the will of the voters

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Reaction to Donald Trump's reported call on Saturday morning to Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) asking him to force the state's Republican-majority legislature to overturn the election so Trump can rake in Georgia's 16 Electoral College votes ranged from accusations of sedition to ridicule with the president dubbed "#DesperateDonald."

According to the Washington Post, "Hours before he was scheduled to hold a rally in Georgia on behalf of the state’s two GOP senators, Trump pressed Kemp to call a special session of the state legislature to get lawmakers to override the results and appoint electors that would back him, according to a person familiar with the conversation.”

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How the MAGA crowd is motivated by Trump the fascist artist

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More than eighty years ago, a then-obscure German philosopher wrote an essay that foresaw the essential reason behind President Donald Trump's enduring political appeal. His name was Walter Benjamin; born to a Jewish family in Berlin, Benjamin was present for a pivotal moment in history, and watched Hitler rise to power. By the time he wrote his most famous essay, he was an exile living in France amidst financial hardships, having recognized that the Reichstag fire three years earlier signified that the Nazis had achieved total power in Germany.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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