Proclaiming “The surest way to beat Donald Trump is me,” a veteran conservative political consultant with a track record of effective push-polling designed to manipulate voters has set his sight on making sure Donald Trump loses in November with a plan to turn evangelical Christians against the president.
In an interview with the Daily Beast, Steve Goldberg — whose work with candidates dates back to Kansas Republican Sen. Bob Dole’s presidential run — stated that he is already testing out an effective push poll which he claims will flip Christian voters to Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden.
According to the report, Goldberg has formed the Express Yourself PAC with the express purpose of going after Trump, explaining, “My agenda is to blow up Donald Trump. I don’t give a sh*t about Joe Biden. I’m an unbelievable weapon. A dangerous weapon. I got Trump by the balls.”
Goldberg then went on to explain how his calls designed to change voters’ minds work.
“Goldberg’s tactics are what’s referred to as push-polling, the practice of attempting to manipulate voter attitudes with loaded survey questions that seek to persuade more than gather information about voter preferences,” the report notes before adding, “According to the Express Yourself call script, callers first ask if respondents are Trump supporters. If they are, the caller is instructed to ask whether ‘religion [is] very important to you when you decide who to vote for.’ If the respondent says it’s not important, the caller gets off the line.”
However, if a recipient of a call says that religion is important, the call continues to pepper them with more inquiries.
“If religion is important, the respondent is hit with the next question, whether Jesus would be into Trump’s name-calling. If they say he wouldn’t, the caller then moves on to the real ask: ‘Don’t worry, God is our future, not Donald Trump, and God will make it work out the best for our great country,” the Beast reports. “The call script also has a response ready for respondents who identify themselves as Republicans, but not Trump supporters. It asks them to vote for Biden in the hope of securing a Republican Senate with a Democrat in the White House.”
According to Goldberg, initial testing of the push poll in key battleground states is showing results already.
“Results from the first round of 5,000 phone calls to registered Republican voters in the five key states of Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona and Ohio, he said, show ‘stunning’ vulnerabilities for Donald Trump among evangelical voters who supported him in 2016,” the reports states. “The figures Goldberg considered most significant, were that 22 percent of respondents identifying as members of the Republican party, rather than those identifying a personal loyalty to Trump, told the callers they hoped Trump would not win the 2020 election. Of that 22 percent, more than half—56 percent—declared they would be voting for Joe Biden in November, Goldberg claims.”
According to the operative, “If there was a political hall of fame, I would be in it already for push polling,” before adding, “I’m a decent man, and I want to crush this guy [Trump] and his fascist group.”
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Tim Scott says Trump ‘misspoke’ about Proud Boys: ‘If he doesn’t correct it, I guess he didn’t misspeak’
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At Tuesday night's presidential debate, Trump was asked to speak out against the neo-fascist Proud Boys group.
"Proud Boys, stand back and stand by!" Trump replied.
On Wednesday, Scott was given a chance to comment on the remark during a meeting with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
“I think he misspoke in response to Chris Wallace's comment," Scott said. "I think he misspoke. I think he should correct it, if he doesn't correct it, I guess he didn't misspeak.”
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The Helena Independent Record reports that Racicot made his endorsement on Tuesday evening in an interview with Yellowstone Public Radio.
"Even as a Republican, I will not be supporting Donald Trump for president, and I will not be voting for him," the former Montana governor said before making an argument in favor of Biden's moral character.
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On Tuesday, writing for The Bulwark, conservative editor Jonathan Last tore into President Donald Trump's performance at the first presidential debate on Tuesday evening in Cleveland.
"Honestly: I cannot understand how anyone with an IQ over 80 could have watched this disgrace and not come away understanding that the president of the United States is a sociopath," wrote Last. "But I’ll try to put myself in the mind of voters and tell you what I saw."
"He was a doughy, orange honey-badger, yelling, shouting, cajoling, needling and — this is the important part — never shutting up," wrote Last. "If you are a fan of the Trump lifestyle brand — if you have a Trump flag on your boat and wear a MAGA hat because you love pissing off the brown girl with the nose ring at Starbucks — then I suspect that you thought this was the greatest performance by any debater in the history of debates ... On the other hand, it’s not clear to me that Trump’s act was effective with undecided voters."