From Jonathan Swan at Axios:
Senior White House and Trump campaign officials are complaining bitterly about poor internal communication, blaming colleagues, pondering what jobs they might try to get next year, and lashing out at their new enemy: Fox News.
The state of play: Aides told Axios they’re dreading the prospect of Fox calling Pennsylvania for Joe Biden, which could make the conservative network the first to give Biden 270 electoral votes.
A Trump campaign official said the internal view was that it’s essential to keep the race “optically” alive, and that if Fox were to call it, it would severely harm their efforts to support President Trump’s (false) claims that he’d already won.
Kay is right — it’s outrageous that media outlets are operating under different rules to accommodate the the whiny-ass Trump family. It’s not like they can expect anything resembling gratitude in return from that pack of ravening grift-mavens.
The Trumps are tacky, loud, demanding wannabe mobsters, and power is slipping out of their hands, thank dog. There’s no reason for Fox News or any other outlet to keep kissing their asses.
Trump advisers are also venting at what they describe as a grossly incompetent post-Election Day operation. “I don’t know what the message is,” said one prominent surrogate who regularly appears on cable to defend Trump: “There’s no organization or coordination. If I was to go on TV right now, I wouldn’t know what the [blank] to say.”
A senior administration official said: “When Bush had this issue they tapped arguably the pre-eminent statesman of his generation, James Baker, to spearhead their legal and PR efforts, to great effect. … We rolled out Rudy Giuliani, Corey Lewandowski and Pam Bondi. You can draw your own conclusions.”
What a fitting coda to this absurd nightmare: it ends with a scrum of thuggish clowns.
I don’t know if y’all saw Trump’s insane speech last night. MSNBC cut away, and for the first time ever, I switched channels to continue watching because it was so nuts. Anderson Cooper summed it up:
Anderson Cooper, folks. pic.twitter.com/s0xDTuVNL2
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 6, 2020
COOPER: “That is the President of the United States, the most powerful person in the world, and we see him like an obese turtle on his back, flailing in the hot sun…”
It’s going to get worse, of course. And it will be glorious!