This morning on Meet the Press, Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, admitted that, “We are behind,” when the polls were referenced. Since the morning talk show, Conway has been on news shows all day, discussing the comment and what it means for Trump’s campaign.
Conway’s response comes at a crucial time for Donald Trump: the Sunday after the third presidential debate, the Al Smith dinner for charity, and Trump’s Gettysburg, Pennsylvania address. From these three events, the media has flocked to most things that have come out of Trump’s mouth. At the debate, the media jumped on Trump saying that he wouldn’t accept the results of the debate. At the Al Smith dinner, the media covered Trump crossing a line with the “roasting” of Hillary Clinton. Lastly, just yesterday Trump went over his first 100 days in office while at a rally in Gettysburg, where he said that the first day he would sue the women who accused him of sexual assault.
So yes, one could say Kellyanne Conway is a bit overwhelmed right now responding to the media for Trump’s comments throughout the week.
Both in the Meet the Press interview as well as the CNN interview, Conway hinted at the fact that she can only do so much coaching Trump on what to say at rallies and interviews. She said, “He delivers his own speeches. This is his candidacy. He’s the guy who’s running for the White House, and he has the privilege to say what he wants.”
Through watching Conway’s response to the media for Trump’s commentary, I got to thinking about whether Conway’s response is the response that any campaign manager would take if they were the campaign manager for Donald Trump. Conway has been criticized for a retweet from Washington Post journalist Robert Costas that said, “Bad hombres’ = Trump being Trump. Trump’s other answers = Conway-esque.” She says that she didn’t mean to seem like she was criticizing Trump, but was rather happy with the way he answered questions throughout the debate. However, her critics aren’t too sure that this is a legitimate enough answer.
From what I have gathered from both my peers as well as adults, it seems like many people who follow politics don’t understand Trump’s campaign whatsoever. In fact, many of them have said, “If Trump would just keep his mouth shut…” or “Why doesn’t Trump just say this…” Are these folks right for questioning Trump’s campaign manager or team, or should they agree with Conway that Trump is a wildcard of a candidate?
As we proceed into the next two weeks before the election, I think it will be interesting analyzing Trump’s campaign strategy and see what has worked/hasn’t worked for him with regard to the polls. The more important question becomes, was Trump’s team not good enough, or did Trump destroy Trump?