Donald Trump’s campaign manager and veteran pollster Kellyanne Conway may think all polls showing Trump behind to Hillary Clinton are inaccurate because of “undercover” Trump voters who are too embarrassed to admit to pollsters their support for the bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor, a theory Conway contends artificially lowers Trump’s poll numbers.
However, another politico — an even more seasoned one — Ed Rollins, a professional who was the National Campaign Director for Ronald Reagan’s 1984 presidential re-election campaign and is the head of a major pro-Donald Trump super PAC, broke with with Conway’s talking points and has an entirely different take on the presidential election at this point in the campaign, just 76 days before the November 8 election.
“If we’re sitting here three weeks from now after Labor Day and it’s in the same position, we’re gonna have a hard, uphill battle,” Ed Rollins said Wednesday on the very pro-Trump Laura Ingraham radio show.
“He’d lose badly today,” Ed Rollins admitted to Laura Ingraham, who along with the likes of Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter are some of the most sycophantic Trump cheerleaders and are now considered to be part of the alt-right.
Rollins has not thrown in the towel, however, telling Ingraham that Trump still has a “shot” to win on November 8, and gave a glowing assessment of Kellyanne Conway, who he referred to as a “great talent,” while calling Breitbart CEO and now Trump campaign “CEO,” alt-right leader Stephen K. Bannon, a “very effective communicator.”
Like many Trump advisers and surrogates, Rollins said that Trump must stay on-message going forward and focus on Hillary Clinton in order to have a chance to win.
“So far, it’s been all about him, and, kind of, with his ego he kind of likes that,” Rollins said. “But at the end of the day, it’s got to be about her. He’s got to make her the unacceptable alternative to this country and that he’s the real leader.”