Donald Trump re-election strategist Brad Parscale was widely mocked on Labor Day after a new bombshell report in The New York Times on his campaign facing a “cash crunch” after already blowing $800 million.
“Brad Parscale, the former campaign manager, liked to call Mr. Trump’s re-election war machine an ‘unstoppable juggernaut.’ But interviews with more than a dozen current and former campaign aides and Trump allies, and a review of thousands of items in federal campaign filings, show that the president’s campaign and the R.N.C. developed some profligate habits as they burned through hundreds of millions of dollars. Since Bill Stepien replaced Mr. Parscale in July, the campaign has imposed a series of belt-tightening measures that have reshaped initiatives, including hiring practices, travel and the advertising budget,” the newspaper reported.
“Under Mr. Parscale, more than $350 million — almost half of the $800 million spent — went to fund-raising operations, as no expense was spared in finding new donors online. The campaign assembled a big and well-paid staff and housed the team at a cavernous, well-appointed office in the Virginia suburbs; outsize legal bills were treated as campaign costs; and more than $100 million was spent on a television advertising blitz before the party convention, the point when most of the electorate historically begins to pay close attention to the race,” the newspaper noted.
Parscale attempted to deflect blame to “the family” in an interview with the newspaper.
“I ran the campaign the same way I did in 2016, which also included all of the marketing, strategy and expenses under the very close eye of the family,” Parscale said. “No decision was made without their approval.”
Still, Parscale is receiving criticism.
Veteran GOP strategist Ed Rollins blasted Parscale for spending “like a drunken sailor.”
“If you spend $800 million and you’re 10 points behind, I think you’ve got to answer the question ‘What was the game plan?’” Rollins explained.
Here’s what others were saying about Trump’s re-election campaign and Brad Parscale:
Brad Parscale, accused by many of mismanaging the Trump campaign’s money, points his finger right back at the Trump family: “No decision was made without their approval.”https://t.co/exVUYu1kus
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) September 7, 2020
💸 $21 million on legal costs
💸 $4 million on his family businesses
💸 $30 million on “campaign swag”
💸 $11 million on Super Bowl ads
💸 $800,000 on promoting Brad Parscale’s social media accounts https://t.co/dxvM17MzLi
— Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) September 7, 2020
Lol parscale spent all the money already https://t.co/nR1BZ5pjPe
— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) September 7, 2020
"Mr. Parscale had a car and driver, an unusual expense for a campaign manager." That dude really raised grifting from the Trumps to an art form the last four years, you have to respect it.https://t.co/I56hAPwLAg
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) September 7, 2020
I lost track how many times Parscale refers to “the family” as overseeing the campaign and authorizing things now being criticized as superfluous and cost ineffective.
Like a damn mob organization. https://t.co/8qC7k9VvWB
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) September 7, 2020
"Mr. Trump, who once joked he could be the first candidate to make money running for president, has steered, along with the Republican Party, about $4 million into the Trump family businesses since 2019"
— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) September 7, 2020
Brad Parscale burning money so that he could boost his personal FB page and now the campaign is worried abt a cash crunch—it’s so perfect.
— Stefan Smith (@TheStefanSmith) September 7, 2020
As @Olivianuzzi pointed out in her great deep dive on the campaign last month, Brad Parscale was largely doing Kushner’s bidding throughout the campaign. Notice Parscale said, the family and not Trump here: https://t.co/20J9RvPQLT
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) September 7, 2020
— Relentlessly Hasan (@RelentlessYapp) September 7, 2020
In fact, if you told me that Trump only ran for president so he could build a campaign that served as a money-laundering vehicle of some sort, I'd totally buy it.
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) September 7, 2020
he bought himself 100k page likes pic.twitter.com/xKeTuNLcRo
— Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) September 7, 2020
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Trump Scrambles at Damage Control After Being Caught Grifting MAGA Supporters With Phony ‘Contest’
Donald Trump released a statement on Saturday attempting damage control after being caught fundraising off of a phony contest.
“Former president Donald Trump’s political group sent at least 15 emails in recent weeks offering small-dollar donors the chance to win a coveted prize if they gave money: dinner with Trump in New Orleans last Saturday,” The Washington Post reported Friday. “But no such winner was flown to New Orleans last weekend, according to four people familiar with the matter. No flight or “very nice” hotel was booked. Trump had no individual meeting with a small-dollar donor, instead only privately greeting a handful of Republican Party donors who gave large checks, taking pictures with some of the party’s most well-heeled members and speaking to a larger group of donors who each gave tens of thousands of dollars.”
Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich admitted that no prize was every awarded.
“President Trump has awarded more than 100 prizes to contest winners across America, but due to an administrative error in this individual circumstance, the contest winner was not properly notified for last weekend’s event in New Orleans. Consistent with the rules of the sweepstakes, a substitute prize will be awarded to the winner,” Budowich claimed.
Even though his own spokesperson confirmed newspaper’s reporting, Trump claimed in a statement that “reporting by the Washington Postwas inaccurate and, Fake News.”
“A winner from Save America PAC WAS chosen for dinner and that winner, and family, will soon be coming to Palm Beach, Florida,” Trump promised, despite having earlier promised the dinner in New Orleans at least fifteen fundraising appeals.
The statement was one of many Trump sent on Saturday afternoon.
He also issued a statement saying, “The story is Fake News about my plane being ‘mothballed’ in Stewart Airfield in Newburgh, New York because ‘I didn’t think I would need it until 2025.’ My plane, a Boeing 757, is going through a major scheduled maintenance program, which will be completed in approximately 90 days. It will then be put back into service.”
And despite having taken a solemn oath to defend America’s freedom of the press as guaranteed by the First Amendment, Trump also issued a statement whining that “the Media and Big Tech is doing everything possible to destroy our Country. They are truly the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”
‘Grifter’ Peter Navarro Gets Crushed for Labeling Grisham’s Book ‘Useless Gossip’ While ‘Pimping’ His Own
Grisham’s new book offers more insight into the totally dysfunctional world of the Trump White House, in which Navarro excelled.
Last year Navarro infamously attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci in an effort to push the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, at the time one of President Trump’s favorite “treatments” for COVID-19, while declaring himself at least as qualified as the nation’s top infectious disease specialist because he’s a “social scientist.” Later he attacked the Coronavirus Task Force official in charge of COVID-19 testing. Admiral Brett Giroir, again to push hydroxychloroquine.
In 2019 The New York Times reported that Navarro “frequently cited Ron Vara, a fictional source who was a critic of China, in his writings.”
In other words, he made him up.
“Ron Vara has appeared as a cryptic voice of economic wisdom more than a dozen times in five of Mr. Navarro’s 13 books,” The Times reported, noting, “Ron Vara, it turns out, does not exist.”
Tuesday night Navarro took to Twitter, accusing The New York Times and Times reporter Maggie Haberman of “pimping,” while writing the book “appears to [be] useless gossip,” all in an effort to push his own book, which unlike Grisham’s is an ode to Trump.
He’s getting dragged for his self-promoting efforts.
At least when you slam someone’s book, you make it clear that you’re only doing it because you’re pimping your own book. But then pimping was always your thing, wasn’t it.
— Kelly Fierce (@KellyFierce6) September 29, 2021
So @RealPNavarro is trying to cash in on Stephanie Grisham’s ascendance by creating a bitly URL to his book with her name in the link.
Grifters all the way down pic.twitter.com/3fCZbSwT1R
— Bill Grueskin (@BGrueskin) September 29, 2021
Let me guess, this book is pretty close to airtight truth. (Just like the COVID containment you lied about.)
— Mr. Newberger (@jeremynewberger) September 29, 2021
“don’t buy her book buy mine”
– a very serious criticism from an obvious truth broker
— Attorney@Law (@TheGlare_TM) September 29, 2021
— Rod Francis (@InRodWeTrustMTL) September 29, 2021
Remember when you invented a source to agree with yourself, Ron?
— Aegon IV Targaryen, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms (@RealAegonIV) September 29, 2021
Hard pass. Ron Vara told me this is awful.
— Garfield’s Ghost (@Occamsreznor) September 29, 2021
— Lauren Werner 🇺🇸 (@LaurenWern) September 29, 2021
Never forget that this cretin is an enabler of #DisgracedFormerPresident #Trump who worsened the pandemic by acting late & dismissing safety guidelines, promoting deadly virus spread. They ruined lives & livelihoods. Their death toll: 692,458 American mothers, fathers, children. https://t.co/hwmvbJF8Ko
— Lorena Blas 😷 vaccinated and still masked (@byLorenaBlas) September 29, 2021
Nobody believes you Peter.
— Dr. Shrimp Puerto Rico, PhD (@TheHouseOfR) September 29, 2021
‘Grifter Hypocrite’ Ivanka Scorched for Celebrating AP Call of Alaska for Trump: ‘Also Called Entire Election for Joe’
Ivanka Trump is once again being hammered as a hypocrite after tweeting out congratulations to her father as the Associated Press called Alaska for President Donald Trump.
President Trump, the Trump family, the Trump campaign, and many MAGA activists and supporters have repeatedly insisted that the news media does not call elections – even though for years they have been taking the media’s projections as fact, including the mainstream media’s projection that Trump won the 2016 election before he even reached 270 Electoral College votes.
The First Daughter is being branded a hypocrite,
Take a look:
I’m deeply confused, since this is a projection by the AP and not a certified final count. It’s almost as if “the media can’t call elections” is a new standard invented in bad faith to prolong an election dispute by a few more days. https://t.co/RI6tWNtfir
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) November 11, 2020
— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) November 11, 2020
It’s good to keep pointing out Republican hypocrisy but I think it’s also important to truly accept that they don’t care. They really don’t care if they are hypocrites. In fact they already know they are
— LetsgotoSaturn (@LetsgotoS) November 11, 2020
So … the AP calls on which candidate has won a state are reliable? If so, I have some news. https://t.co/C0bjZc6ZZm
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) November 11, 2020
ivanka notes the AP has called alaska for her dad.
the AP has also called the election for biden. https://t.co/AEJ9hUVJCN
— David Mack (@davidmackau) November 11, 2020
Fuck, I want to marry this comment
— Salty_Snack (@katiekins1978) November 11, 2020
so glad we agree that The AP can call election victories. thank you.
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) November 11, 2020
Sooo…he has ticked up from 214 to 217.
There is NO hope for him.
WTF are YOU doing, Complicit Barbie?
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) November 11, 2020
— Will Steakin (@wsteaks) November 11, 2020
Oh, so the media can call elections then? You worthless grifter hypocrite.
— Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) November 11, 2020
Uh oh – we’ve got another person relying on THE MEDIA, and not the vote certification, to decide who won an election. https://t.co/yEnfH3llJf
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) November 11, 2020
Concession coming soon then?
— David Pakman (@dpakman) November 11, 2020
Everyone is dunking on this, but it’s very simple. The media is allowed to call states that Donald Trump won. It is not allowed to call states that Donald Trump lost. I hope that clears everything up. https://t.co/zHoV4yFQWB
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) November 11, 2020
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