- The Trump campaign was quick to point out that Parscale had not been fired.
- The surprising change of campaign responsibilities is likely related to his recent poor poll results.
- Trump reportedly blamed his previous campaign manager, Parscale, for the botched rally in the state of Oklahoma in June.
Just over three months before the US presidential election, President Donald Trump has replaced his campaign manager. Bill Stepien replaces Brad Parscale, and will now take over the management of the incumbent US president’s campaign. Parscale will now be in charge of the campaign’s digital and social networks.
The Trump campaign was quick to point out that Parscale had not been fired. As President Trump explained on Twitter, both are close allies, and have worked well for him for many years.
“I am pleased to announce that Bill Stepien has been promoted to the role of Trump Campaign Manager,” Trump tweeted. “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.”
The surprising change of campaign responsibilities is likely related to his recent poor poll results. The Republican incumbent is trailing his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, as per the opinion polls.
Going by the recent polls, the likely Democratic nominee, Biden, is enjoying a very solid lead ahead over Trump. In two polls that were released on Wednesday, Biden was far ahead of Trump by 15 percentage points in a Quinnipiac University poll, and retained an 11-percent edge in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
There are still more than three months until the US elections, scheduled for November 3, which leaves a lot of room for surprises nonetheless.
Trump Doing Badly
Quite a number of the polls show that a majority of voters are not impressed by the Trump-led administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic is still out of control in the United States, and there seems to be no improvement in sight. The United States has counted at least 60,000 new coronavirus cases in eight of the past nine days.
Trump rejects the polls placing Biden in the lead nonetheless. He points out that surveys in 2016 predicted a victory for his then-opponent, Hillary Clinton, and were wrong after all. In a tweet on Wednesday, Trump explained that a victory in the 2020 election is easier than four years ago.
In an average of nationwide surveys calculated by the FiveThirthyEight website, Biden is at 50.3 percent, Trump is 41.2 percent of the vote.
Disappointing Oklahoma Event
According to US media reports, Trump blamed his previous campaign manager, Parscale, for the botched rally in the state of Oklahoma in June. It was supposed to be Trump’s first major event since the US coronavirus pandemic escalated. According to Trump, up to a million people wanted to attend the event despite the coronavirus risk.
In addition to the rented arena, an outdoor area with a stage was also built. Ultimately, however, several thousand seats remained free in the arena. Another major event, which was originally scheduled to take place last weekend outdoors in the state of New Hampshire, was canceled due to bad weather conditions.