Trump replaces his campaign manager after a day of truly devastating polls
On Wednesday night, President Donald Trump announced he's replacing his campaign manager Brad Parscale with Bill Stepien.
Parscale, who has overseen a disastrous campaign thus far, will be staying on as a senior adviser, the president said. In a Facebook post announcing the change, Trump avoided saying explicitly that Parscale had been fired or demoted from his job — likely as a way to save face or avoid admitting that his re-election is in chaos.
"I am pleased to announce that Bill Stepien has been promoted to the role of Trump Campaign Manager," Trump wrote. "Brad Parscale, who has been with me for a very long time and has led our tremendous digital and data strategies, will remain in that role, while being a Senior Advisor to the campaign. Both were heavily involved in our historic 2016 win, and I look forward to having a big and very important second win together. This one should be a lot easier as our poll numbers are rising fast, the economy is getting better, vaccines and therapeutics will soon be on the way, and Americans want safe streets and communities!"
Despite Trump's claim that his "poll numbers are rising fast," new surveys on Wednesday had only bad news for the president.
Quinnipiac University found former Vice President Joe Biden with a 15-point lead over Trump, 52-37, among registered voters.
"Yes, there's still 16 weeks until Election Day, but this is a very unpleasant real time look at what the future could be for President Trump," said Tim Malloy, an analyst with the poll. "There is no upside, no silver lining, no encouraging trend hidden somewhere in this survey for the president."
An NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday found similarly dire results for the Trump campaign. Nationally, the survey found Biden ahead 11 points, 51-40. While the margins are terrible for Trump, so too is the fact that in both polls, Biden is over 50 percent. This puts him in a stronger position than Hillary Clinton was in back in 2016. Overall, FiveThirtyEight's polling average gives Biden a 9-point lead and finds him just over 50 percent, as well.
"Our new poll is flashing red light for Trump campaign," said NBC News' Andrea Mitchell.
Parscale's fate seemed bleak after the Trump' campaign's disastrous recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While Parscale had boasted that as many as a million or more people had expressed interest in attending, the president only attracted a reported 6,200 supporters in a venue that could have held three times as many. It was a spectacular embarrassment for a president obsessed with crowd size and a clear sign that Parscale was not living up to expectations.