Like CNN people Kaitlan Collins reported on Monday
on the President’s state of consciousness:
“Despite claims he is not angry, more people have said Trump has been shouting since he returned from Tulsa. Questions are being asked about the future of his campaign manager, but others have said his job is not just in danger. Anyone, including WH aides, could be they shoot depending on coverage. “
Which checks out. Because with an estimated 6,200 people in an arena with a capacity of more than 19,000 – and after Trump tweeted that there were a million RSVPs – it was clear from Trump’s body language when he landed back at the White House in Oklahoma early Sunday morning that he was disappointed , disappointed and furious.
I think, check for yourself
Does it look like a victorious leader?
And we know that Trump doesn’t blame himself for much.
After suggesting that injecting or injecting disinfectants would fight the coronavirus, Trump was asked in April if he was taking responsibility for the spike of people doing just that. “No, I don’t know,” he replied.
A month earlier, Trump was asked if the lag in coronavirus testing in any way shaped or shaped his guilt. “No, I don’t take responsibility at all,” he said.
At that same press conference, Trump was also asked if he was taking responsibility for disbanding the pandemic office. The president called it a “nasty question” (not) before adding, “When you say ‘I didn’t do it. We have a group of people [in the administration], But maybe I could ask Tony about it, because I don’t know anything about it. “(” Tony “is Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.)
From time to time, Trump has made it clear that he wants all the credit when anything tangentially related to his administration goes wrong and that he is not guilty of anything when things go wrong. (Call it Michael Scott’s theory.) He’ll always find someone to blame when something goes wrong. But that person will never be him.
So do the math: A little crowd + Trump’s love of beats = Big problems for everyone who has fingerprints at that gathering in Tulsa.
At the top of that list is Trump 2020 campaign leader Brad Parscale.
As CNN’s Sarah Westwood and Jim Acosta reported on Sunday night:
“Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are ‘angry’ at campaign leader Brad Parscale for his predictions of a much bigger crowd than the one that appeared at the rally in Tulsa on Saturday night, according to the source of Trump’s campaign … The person said guilt from this camp focused But some donors and allies are feeling the debacle at the rally – in which the campaign decided to raise expectations about rally enthusiasm, instead of managing them on a reasonable level – has thrown the existing campaign management issues, the person said. “
Trumpology students know that when Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner get involved with you, you are deeply in trouble. (Trump’s original 2016 campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was removed after Ivanka and Jared referred him.)
And Parscale has always been a somewhat controversial choice to lead the incumbent’s campaign, never before had anything like that responsibility. He served as a leading digital strategist for Trump’s 2016 campaign, but had very little political experience before that. A few years before that, he had worked for Trump’s company – built a website, digital marketing and sales, according to the Washington Post
In addition, the history of Trump’s campaign managers bears a gruesome resemblance to history Spinal Tap drummers
, In the 2016 campaign, Lewandowski gave way to Paul Manafort (remember him!) Who gave way to Kellyanne Conway. And all this time it was rumored that Kushner or Ivanka (or both) were the real brains behind the surgery. Or that Trump himself effectively managed his own campaign, making all the important calls about what to say and do.
Parscale was then, without a doubt, the most likely target of Trump’s anger. But go back to Kaitlan’s tweet – especially this part: “Anyone, including WH aides, could be fired depending on coverage.”
The key – and revealing – essence here exists “depending on coverage”. Trump is the key, yes. But he also watches cable TV. And making calls. And making calls. And trying to suppress – from all that – when the collective “they” blame the debacle of the rally in Tulsa. This, as much as its own meaning, will determine who gets fired.
Because, again, Trump is referring to perception: it’s not a matter of whose fault it is that the crowd over the weekend didn’t live up to the hype. (Actually, there’s no way one person is to blame.) It’s about who the media, his friends, and major party donors blame. That’s the person Trump will blame.
On Monday afternoon, those close to the White House insisted that Parscale’s business was not in danger. Which may be true! But it’s also hard to imagine that the main leader of Scapegoatra would allow such public embarrassment as the Tulsa rally went unpunished. It’s just not in his nature.