Who’s in and who’s out with Donald Trump’s campaign seems like a new version of the reality television show “Survivor.”
Less than three months before the 2016 presidential election, Republican nominee Donald Trump reshuffled his team again. Several months ago, Trump dumped campaign manager Corey Lewandowski for Paul Manafort.
Last week, Trump dismissed Paul Manafort, the veteran Republican strategist, who tried to tame Trump, amid negative press about Manafort receiving over $12 million in lobbying payments for pro-Russia leaders in Ukraine.
Trump replaced Manafort with anti-establishment Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway as his new campaign manager and named Breitbart News’ Chairman Stephen Bannon as CEO of his campaign. The problem with this latest staff shuffles is their polarizing nature.
I’m a fan of the ultra-conservative site Breitbart, but naming Bannon with no political experience head of Trump’s campaign won’t put the tattered GOP back together again or lift Trump’s miserable poll numbers.
To quote the New York Times, which I never do, Breitbart called Bill Kristol, the conservative commentator “a renegade Jew” and advised female victims of online harassment “to just log off” and “stop screwing up the Internet for men.”
Conway is just as anti-establishment as Bannon. In her decade of polling experience, Conway has worked for controversial, losing candidates.
In 2010, Conway worked for Tea Party conservative Christine O’Donnell, who lost her bid for the Senate because she talked about “dabbling in witchcraft.” In 2012, Conway worked for Todd Akin, who ran for Senate and lost when he doubted if victims of “legitimate rape” can become pregnant.
It’s questionable whether Trump’s new dream team can attract independent or traditional Democratic supporters like blacks, Hispanics, Asians or women. There’s no doubt he’ll need them to win the White House.
Recently, Trump began asking blacks for their vote, reminding them that their allegiance to the Democratic party over the past 50 years hasn’t been a success.
“What do you have to lose? You’re living in poverty; your schools are no good; you have no jobs; 58% of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?” Trump said at a Michigan campaign stop.
In hiring Bannon and Conway, Trump seems headed down the road of a colossal loss — not victory. He seems to want to surround himself with the “the Amen corner” — a choir of yes men and women, instead of staff who can help transform him into a winning presidential candidate.
From the start, I — like many others — admired Trump’s unconventional candidacy and appeal to average Americans outside the marginalizing bubble of the GOP establishment. But now Trump’s incontrovertible behaviour is getting old. After his staff dust up, a new Trump said he “regrets saying the wrong things.”
So maybe he should act like it — not for a day or even a week, but for the remainder of the campaign.
Trump’s pugnacious and pugilistic personality is his own worst enemy — not the liberal mainstream media or his ever-shifting campaign team.
Perhaps if Trump would start acting like he wants to win instead of lose in November, his poll numbers against Hillary would be up by 20%.
The problem with Team Trump is Trump.