President Donald Trump campaign chief Bill Stepien on Monday boasted that the president was in a very solid position to win Nevada if the election were held today, despite the fact that most polls in the state show him trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden.
“If the election were held today, the president would win Nevada,” Stepien said. “We’ve got the better candidate, we’re in a better position to win this.”
However, veteran Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston quickly jumped in to pour cold water on Stepien’s claims.
“Amount of evidence to back this up: Zero,” Ralston wrote in response. “Amount of evidence to contradict this: Lots.”
Ralston in 2016 analyzed early polling information from Nevada to correctly project that Hillary Clinton would defeat Donald Trump in the state, even as the president and his campaign pulled off upsets in several other states.
And while Ralston believes that Trump still has a shot at winning, he notes that the president is once again facing an early deficit.
“He is an underdog, the Dems are ahead in early/mail voting so far and even the Adelson newspaper poll splashed on the front page Sunday showed a dead heat for him at best,” Ralston writes. “If Trump had internals showing him ahead here, he would have fed the [Las Vegas Review-Journal].”
Guys, Trump could win NV. But he is an underdog, the Dems are ahead in early/mail voting so far and even the Adelson newspaper poll™ splashed on the front page Sunday showed a dead heat for him at best. If Trump had internals showing him ahead here, he would have fed the RJ.
— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) October 19, 2020
‘I’m utterly embarrassed’: Michigan Republican admits Rudy Giuliani ‘waded into the realm of insanity’
Michigan state Rep. Aaron Miller, a Republican, this week accused Rudy Giuliani of entering the "realm of insanity" with his testimony to lawmakers in Michigan.
Miller made the remarks following Giuliani's wild testimony to the Michigan House Oversight Committee.
"I’m happy to thoughtfully listen to evidence and claims and that was what today was supposed to be about, but Mr. Giuliani’s final statement waded into the realm of insanity," Miller said, according to The Detroit News. "He made wild and broad partisan insults for several minutes that had nothing to do with the election, and it was frankly unacceptable, shameful, and pathetic and distracts from any evidence that we might hear."
Trump refuses to say whether he still has confidence in AG Bill Barr
President Donald Trump on Thursday refused to say whether he still had confidence in embattled Attorney General Bill Barr.
According to Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason, the president was asked whether Barr still had his confidence, and Trump replied that reporters should ask him that question again in a few weeks.
Trump is reportedly furious at Barr for two reasons.
First, Barr told the Associated Press this week that so far the Department of Justice has found no evidence of systemic voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 election.
Trump ‘can’t handle the humiliation of being labeled a loser’: CNN White House correspondent
CNN White House correspondent John Harwood on Thursday said that President Donald Trump is lashing out everywhere because he cannot psychologically cope with the fact that he lost the 2020 election to President-elect Joe Biden.
While talking with CNN host Kate Bolduan, Harwood explained how Trump's fragility over the results of the election has now led him to turn on longtime ally Attorney General Bill Barr.
"What he's concerned about is the fact that Bill Barr, who's been a very pliant attorney general, who's done the president's bidding on a number of fronts, ran into the reality that there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud tilting this election," Harwood explained. "Bill Barr decided to tell the truth about that and that made Donald Trump mad."