Daddy needs his attention fix!…
That was about 75,000 corpses ago, hon.
— T?M (@tomkingnc) July 17, 2020
His minions know it’s a bad idea for Dear Leader to emerge from his bunker right now — but the big fella is desperate for that dopamine hit. One of our best weapons, right now, as Democrats & sane people, is Trump’s inability to keep from running his mouth, giving up the game, exposing the shoddy fascists behind the curtain. We need to keep encouraging him to spill the beans, now that the Media Village Idiots have decided he’s certifiably boring, if not just certifiable. The Mad Emperor has no pants!
“What we want is Joe Biden to get a bit more of the national spotlight.” https://t.co/WVwyAu1RlU
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 16, 2020
The *very* hard-right Washington Examiner — “Team Trump split over big rallies as president itches for showtime” :
President Trump is eager to press on with plans to reschedule his postponed appearance in New Hampshire, possibly by the end of next week, even as aides wonder whether they should scale back rallies to better focus media attention on Joe Biden.
Advisers are divided on whether smaller-scale events, such as factory visits and mini town halls, would help avoid questions about COVID-19 and the president’s performance as he dominates coverage.
“He loves the rally. I get it,” said a source close to the campaign and familiar with the internal debate. “They are fun, and he gets things off his chest, but at the end of the day, the negatives for now outweigh the positives, at least until after the conventions.”
For weeks, advisers have been warning Trump that, if he is to win, he must make November’s election all about Biden and his long record in Washington. But that has been undermined by a president inclined to react to every attack or slight and by his approach, focused on raucous rallies…
One former White House official said the next event would be under intense scrutiny.
“It has to go off flawlessly,” said the former official.
And that comes with other problems, according to the source close to the campaign.
“Strategically, I don’t know that it’s a good idea,” he said. “If we announce we are doing rallies, it is going to dominate the coverage, it is going to dominate the media. But it might not be the right type of coverage.”…
The Daily Beast, “Team Trump Frantically Plots New Ways to Make Him Feel Good About Himself”:
… As Trump’s re-election campaign has struggled to tear down former Vice President Joe Biden with less than four months until Election Day, the president’s staff has devoted considerable resources to finding novel ways to make him feel better about the crumbling world around him.
They tell him tales of his sagging poll numbers being fake. They’ve concocted ways of convincing him that the adoring crowds he loves on the campaign trail are still there and ready. They’ve pledged that the social, racial, and economic crises ravaging the nation are ephemeral. And they’ve carried his water as he seeks to reassert his authority over situations falling beyond his control…
According to two people who’ve been in the room when Trump has fixated on the issue, the president has repeatedly stressed that “boaters”—MAGA fans who join in on pro-Trump flotillas, with ships adorned with Trump and Mike Pence banners and gear—are a shining exemplar of the enthusiasm gap he enjoys over Biden. He has delighted in advisers showing him boater photos and videos that have bubbled up on social media. And during strategy sessions in the past two months, he’s told officials to keep bringing him more and to push out the content on their own accounts, as well.
“I think we have really good poll numbers,” Trump declared at a press conference Tuesday when asked about his position in the election. “They’re not suppression polls; they’re real polls. You look at the Intracoastal in Florida. You look at the lakes. You see thousands of boats with Trump signs.”…
John McLaughlin, a top Trump pollster whom the president values in part for providing internal data that give Trump significantly better odds than most of the public polling does, told The Daily Beast that though “there’s not enough boaters” to buoy the president to a November victory, “we also do well with bikers, NASCAR fans, NFL, college and high school tailgaters, golfers, aviators, RV people, campers, [and] homeowners,” for instance.
It is not common—and, indeed, may be strategically unsound—for a president’s political apparatus to be fixated on a sliver of the U.S. population its own pollster says is statistically and demographically insignificant. But such are the machinations of the Trump campaign, where manpower, time, and money are directed toward the goal of ameliorating the boss’ wounded emotions in the face of increasingly stiff electoral competition.
“There are probably things that the campaign and the White House do to mollify Trump, and if those things result in a net benefit for the president and his campaign, then they are worth doing,” a former White House official tersely noted…
We just wanna keep him from publicly demanding that Delaware be nuked for the crime of harboring Joe Biden. Not that he’s actually got access to the nuclear codes any more, but the just the announcement would be bad for the stock market.
…In their official efforts to soothe the president’s feelings, Trump’s campaign has also resorted to wasting a ton of money. In June, The Daily Beast reported that Team Trump had dropped hundreds of thousands of dollars on cable-news ads in the Washington, D.C., area, purchasing time largely on the president’s preferred network, Fox News. The ad buys had no real chance of making a positive electoral difference, given that they were reaching solidly Democratic turf in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. But knowledgeable sources said at the time that the real purpose was to get the pro-Trump ads in front of the president, a voracious TV watcher, to set him at ease that his campaign was defending him strongly on television…
One of the primary reasons aides wanted to get Trump back on the trail was they kept noticing his deteriorating mood as he remained mostly confined to the White House, as the nation entered months of coronavirus lockdowns and isolation. During a Tuesday morning press call organized by Trump 2020, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) claimed that these coronavirus-era Trump rallies, despite the public-health fears, are “good for everybody.”…
the most hilariously fucked up thing trump’s teevee friends could do to trump is convince him to ignore the polls and keep doing everything exactly as he is https://t.co/MAwsGirF4s
— kilgore trout, suburban female understander (@KT_So_It_Goes) July 16, 2020