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Trump’s Campaign Makes a Change

Trump campaign tries out a new manager.

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With the November election only a few months away, the candidates for president are hard at work campaigning. Over the last few months, the Trump campaign has seen disappointing results in some key battleground states that it won in 2016.
Trump’s current performance in swing states like Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio is not great, according to surveys and polls. His opponent Joe Biden currently has a lead in the first three states. The president is polling even with Biden in Ohio. Polls are glimpses into the future, and the Trump campaign held a shakeup to try to change its fortunes. So, they replaced campaign manager Brad Parscale with Bill Stepien.
Stepien’s promotion comes from the Trump campaign’s recognition that performance in the polls needs to improve to secure Trump’s re-election. He is seen as an analyst who prefers looking at the numbers, rather than showing up in public.
One worry the Trump campaign may face is whether Stepien can keep up with Parscale’s fundraising efforts. As campaign manager, Parscale guided the campaign to raise $131 million in June alone.

Up until this spring, Trump’s re-election message revolved around the booming economy, lack of foreign military action, and his stance against China. The COVID-19 pandemic changed that. Recently, though, the Trump campaign, has been able to shift the political debate to new topics involving patriotism and law and order.
Since the death of George Floyd, mass protests and riots have swept America. Protests are still going on in Portland to this day, and cities like Minneapolis, New York City, and Seattle have all proposed laws to defund the police. President Trump, seeking to show himself as a “law and order” candidate, has spoken against these demonstrations since they began.
The Democrat candidate for president, Joe Biden, has been willing to show support for the protests. The two candidates’ opposing views will be in sharp contrast leading up to the election – and the campaigns will likely highlight these differences.

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Jose Backer, General Assignment Reporter, is a graduate of St. Michael's College and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Political Science. Born and raised in Southern California, he currently resides in the Pasadena area.

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