It is a strategy that has served this president well from time to time, with perhaps the biggest result of the 2016 election result. But the president’s preferred omnipresence media strategy does not always bear fruit. That did not prevent the House from falling to Democrats midway through 2018, and Trump and Giuliani’s dedication to tactics arguably sparked the chain reaction that led to the president’s impeachment.
Especially if Trump is in an electoral or political impasse, as in the midterm elections, he will demand that his staff bring as many interviewers as possible into the Oval Office, and that as many of his ” exclusives ”on television and cable news be broadcast as quickly as possible. For Trump, virtually all of his political problems can be fixed if he can fair garner unholy media attention. He clings to that notion even when it’s dramatically challenged, such as earlier this year when his regular presence at White House coronavirus briefings ravaged his poll numbers, led senior officials to say. begging to stop doing them, and ultimately led the president to stop. his appearances.But now, with his daily on-camera briefings long gone – and his 2020 campaign battling Joe Biden amid Trump’s handling of a global pandemic, a crumbling US economy and a protest movement mass – the president and his White House are once again reverting to the familiar game plan and mounting another media blitz to satisfy Trump’s impulses. Several sources close to the president say the move will improve his chances for 2020, as various other attempts to restart and retool the campaign have either failed or ended in total disaster.So far, there is no evidence that the media blitz is working.
Since the end of last month, Trump has been doing interviews with Telemundo, Gray Television, CBS, Townhall, Le Washington Post, Sinclair, Fox News and Fox Business. As of this weekend, the president’s position in most public polls against the alleged 2020 Democratic candidate Biden has remained at a low level. And on Sunday, Fox aired another talk with Trump, which even some of the president’s closest allies saw as a waste of time.
“He’s going to have a certain percentage of Fox viewers vote for him no matter what, so it makes no sense to take a risk like this as late in the electoral cycle, especially when he doesn’t not win. ”
In an interview with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, who Trump previously called “aspiring to Mike Wallace”, the president said that the vast majority of new COVID-19 cases in the United States were only young people “with sniffles” and said about the rising death toll, “This is what it is. Elsewhere in the interview, Trump engaged in an odd debate over the results of his recent cognitive tests, with Trump claiming the exam questions “are getting very difficult” and Wallace making it clear that one of those questions is simply asking the patient to correctly identify the image of an elephant. .
“No, no, no,” replied the president to the Fox News anchor. “You see, that is all a false statement. “
Not everyone residing at Trumpworld or serving the president found the back and forth helpful. A senior White House official told the Daily Beast on Sunday afternoon that there was no “rational reason” for the president to do the Wallace show at this time. Asked why Trump decided to do Fox News Sunday now another source close to the president immediately replied, “I don’t fucking know. ”
This person added, “He’s going to get a certain percentage of Fox viewers to vote for him no matter what, so it makes no sense to take such a risk as late in the electoral cycle, especially when he doesn’t win . ”
And on Sunday, Anthony Scaramucci, Trump’s former White House communications director who has since become a vocal enemy of Trump, posted on Twitter that “Chris Wallace’s interview is Biden’s campaign announcement.” (Later in the day, campaign officials for the former vice president did indeed grab sound clips of the session.)
Yet others in the President’s orbit have sought to work the umpires and just make Wallace the problem.
“Chris Wallace seems to have taken lessons from Jim Acosta. It focuses on mean and divisive levels rather than getting into the real issues, “former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), a current Trump backup, told The Daily Beast on Sunday night, adding:” I would like to see a similar unrestricted interview with Joe Biden. ”
Elsewhere in the “unrestricted” interview, the Fox host told the president that, less than four months before the November election, “at this point you are losing.” He described the results of a new Fox News poll that found Biden to lead Trump, from 49% to 41%, among registered voters.
“First of all, I don’t lose because these are fake polls,” replied the president. “They were wrong in 2016 and now they are even more wrong.”