There are plenty of Americans out there who are anxious about what comes next here in our great country. This is a time like no other in our history, and the constant fear mongering of the mainstream media certainly isn’t helping.
But, then again, some of the news stories that we’ve seen this week have been fairly troubling as well.
Deep within the GOP, some are growing nervous about what comes next, and are expressing themselves – albeit anonymously.
Donald Trump’s campaign is still assessing the political damage from Tuesday night’s chaotic first presidential debate. The president’s refusal to condemn white supremacists, of course, is the immediate crisis. “He blew that for sure,” a campaign adviser told me. “It’s nuts,” a former West Wing official said wearily, sounding like a storm survivor with PTSD. “Total lunacy,” said another former White House staffer, who remains close to the campaign. “Trump didn’t win over any voters, and he pissed off a lot of people,” added a prominent Republican.
Trump advisers agree on what he needs to do differently at the next debate. “He has to just relax and let Joe Biden speak,” said the ex-official, who remains close to the White House. But Republicans are resigned to the fact that Trump is unlikely––or unwilling––to course-correct. “Trump thinks he won. He didn’t,” said another Republican with ties to the campaign. “But does anyone have the balls to tell him that? No. They’d be fired.”
And then another strange and conspiratorial storyline emerged after former campaign direction Brad Parscale was taken to the hospital on a psychiatric hold days ago.
Parscale’s public meltdown happened while he is reportedly under investigation for stealing from the Trump campaign and the RNC. According to the source close to the campaign, the Trump family is worried that Parscale could turn on them and cooperate with law enforcement about possible campaign finance violations. “The family is worried Brad will start talking,” the source said.
Of course, the use of anonymous sources has long been a sticking point for stories like these, and we’re almost sure to hear a rebuttal from the Trump team along those lines.
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