This doesn’t appear to be the best start for Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s new campaign manager—on Wednesday, she told CNN that “I think it helps us to be a little bit behind.”
Conway was hired after the previous head of Trump’s campaign, Paul Manafort, was found within a Ukranian corruption probe and demoted within the campaign. Manafort had replaced Corey Lewandowski, who stepped down after he assaulted a female Breitbart reporter.
According to the Daily Beast, “Conway pointed to Hillary Clinton’s high unfavorable ratings and problematic numbers with male voters as evidence that Trump has ‘room to grow.’"
This is about as much as you could possibly spin Trump’s circumstances—he has almost no room to grow because voters have already formed strong opinions of him and his candidacy. No one is changing their view of Trump at this late juncture.
Further demonstrating questionable judgment, Conway was effusive about Steve Bannon, Breitbart executive, as the campaign’s new CEO: "I'm extremely comfortable with Steve Bannon in the campaign,” she said. “I thought it was a masterful choice."
As the New York Times notes, Trump’s choice of Bannon was “a defiant rejection of efforts by longtime Republican hands to wean him from the bombast and racially charged speech.” It is not something that will help him win over moderate Republicans he has alienated.
Trump is also not just a “little bit” behind. According to the latest polling, Clinton is leading comfortably nationally and in all the swing states, including the most crucial: Ohio.
Conway has been praised for being smart and skilled, something the Trump campaign desperately needs, but she’s not fooling anyone with the notion that Trump’s position in the race is benefiting him.
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