On CNN Saturday, Axios politics editor Margaret Talev said that President Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, is privately bracing members of Trump’s circle for the president to lose re-election.
“As I understand it, their campaign manager Bill Stepien did talk to Axios,” said anchor Christi Paul. “What did he say?”
“That’s right,” said Talev. “Bill Stepien is not out there publicly. You don’t see him quoted a whole lot. But the reporting that we we’re hearing was that people who were privy to private conversations with Bill Stepien walked away with the unmistakable and consistent view that he didn’t think that the president could win re-election.”
“Stepien’s response is, absolutely not, there’s still a lot of paths,” added Talev. “But Jonathan [Swan]’s reporting consistently shows that’s not what a lot of people around and in the campaign are hearing about this. They’re hearing things like Stepien using the analogy, the idea, they just have to land the plane at this point. Using terms like optionality to describe multiple different paths. What you walk away with is a pretty consistent impression that while the campaign hasn’t give up and while it’s the campaign manager’s job to get to 270 in the electoral college, that this is they’re on defense now trying to get it back. And it’s sort of like the image of, if you’re in a car and you’re hurtling at a tree, you don’t look at the tree, you look at the ways around the tree. That’s what’s happening now.”
Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows committed campaign finance crimes: watchdog group
The government ethics watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint on Friday accusing White House chief of staff Mark Meadows of campaign finance crimes for allegedly spending thousands of dollars in campaign funds on personal expenses, including clubs, gourmet cupcakes, a jeweler in Washington and lodging at the president's hotel.
Win or lose — Trump is about to unleash hell
With poll numbers staying put and the odds of a Joe Biden win in Tuesday's election looking good — possibly by a decisive margin — there's mounting dread about how Donald Trump will behave after a defeat. After all, Trump is a sociopathic narcissist with the emotional control of a — well, I won't insult toddlers with the comparison — and he lives in mortal terror of being viewed as a loser. He's already made clear that he will refuses to concede, no matter what, and he's grasping desperately for any way to get legal ballots thrown out so he can steal the election.
GOP senator offended LDS community after likening Trump to a ‘selfless’ Book of Mormon hero: report
Politics and religion are colliding out west after comments a Republican senator made while stumping for the president.
"Sen. Mike Lee drew criticism from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this week after comparing President Donald Trump to Captain Moroni, a heroic and selfless figure in the Book of Mormon," The Arizona Republic reported Friday evening.
"To my Mormon friends, my Latter-day Saint friends, think of him as Captain Moroni," Lee (R-UT) said, pointing to Trump. "He seeks not power, but to pull it down. He seeks not the praise of the world or the ‘fake news,’ but he seeks the well-being and the peace of the American people."