Hillary Clinton’s hubris in 2016 convinced her to put time and resources in states like Arizona that she had no chance of winning, while ignoring other states where the fight was on in earnest. A lot of her reasoning came from skewed polls.
.@NateSilver538 “The Trump 2016 Victory was the most shocking political development of my lifetime.” That’s only because you got it so wrong. This time there is far more ENTHUSIASM even than 2016. Winning many States much more easily than people understand. BIG CROWDS!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2020
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Well, luckily for the president the same polls are giving the Democrats false confidence again and thus Joe Biden is spending precious time and resources in places like Ohio and Georgia where he stands little chance of victory. That is fine with the Trump campaign.
“We are quite happy to see Joe Biden wasting a valuable day on the campaign trail in a state he won’t win in three weeks,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said to media. As Talleyrand said about the restored Bourbons, so it is about 2020 Democrats, “They have learned nothing and forgotten nothing.”
Meanwhile, the president left DC Monday afternoon for Sanford, FL, near Orlando. At an enthusiastic rally in front of a large crowd, President Trump said, “I am so energized by your prayers and humbled by your support.” He hit Biden on the Trump campaign’s marquee themes of law and order, economics, and national security.
“When you’re the president, you can’t lock yourself in a basement and say, ‘I’m not going to bother with the world.’ You’ve got to get out. And it’s risky. It’s risky, but you’ve got to get out,” the president said. The campaign is happy with his performance, “He is strong. He is energetic. He is raring to go,” Bill Stepien said. “He’s our best asset,” said campaign aide Jason Miller.
The campaign is powering through daily campaign events, and the president will appear Tuesday in Pennsylvania, Wednesday in Iowa and Thursday in North Carolina. His surrogates are spreading across other battleground states this week. The Republican Party has such a tremendous bench, with names like Kristi Noem, Mike Pence, Nikki Haley, and Tim Scott leading the parade, that the Democrats have been reduced to making up in redundant media what they can’t produce in starpower or rally attendance. But in an election with few undecided voters, media will only go so far. The Trump campaign understands this and is wisely putting their resources in Get Out the Vote operations.
The Trump campaign also Monday countered biased polling, empirically arguing that polling in 2016 at this time had Democrat Hillary Clinton very much ahead. The campaign also knows it has more on the ground enthusiasm, as proved by the large and rambunctious crowds that turn out for Trump rallies. They also sport a big improvement in voter registration versus the 2016 effort. This all spells good news for Trump.
“We feel very, very good about the position we are in,” campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski said. With Joe Biden campaigning in already lost states and the president’s momentum growing, the Trump campaign has every reason for confidence.
This piece was written by David Kamioner on October 13, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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