John Cardillo, the conservative commentator, told the “Todd Starnes Radio Show” Friday that it is high time that the Trump campaign team understands that 2020 is at risk and figure out how to solve its deficiencies.
Cardillo said that the Trump campaign needs to wise up to the fact that 2020 will not be decided on Election Day. It will be decided in the grassroots movement and absentee ballots. Cardillo said he speaks to “knowledgeable political operatives” who’ve expressed concern about Trump’s prospects in 2020.
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“The president has people running his campaign, many of them don’t want to see him win,” Cardillo said. “He’s brought in a lot of the establishment players.”
Cardillo raised some clear issues that could come back to hurt Trump in 2020. He said that voter turnout on election day is just a piece of the puzzle. The Trump campaign needs to focus on grassroots and somehow delivering the message to senior centers in Florida and focus on outreach.
“I want to see the president win, but I don’t see how he’s going to do it with the team in place and if those of us with platforms don’t speak up to get his attention and make some changes, I’m really concerned about this nation come November,” Cardillo said.
Todd Starnes, the host of the program, said that he has been on the receiving end of hate mail accusing him of being a “closet Democrat” after he was critical of Trump’s Tulsa, Okla., rally that was widely panned in the media as being a complete dud.
“You can call me all sorts of things,” Starnes joked. “But you don’t call me a Democrat. I mean, come on now, that’s low.”
Starnes pointed out a recent interview with Corey Lewandowski, who managed Trump’s first campaign until June 2016, who warned that one of the “fundamental” mistakes is “over-promising and under-delivering” for a campaign. The Trump campaign was touting the Tulsa rally as some kind of historic event where 1 million people RSVP’d. Even Brad Parscale, the embattled campaign manager for Trump, tweeted out about the massive crowd.
Starnes said that he still believes that Trump is going to win by a “landslide.” The theory among Republicans is that the American people will realize that if you vote for Joe Biden, you will be embracing the AOC-wing of the Democrat Party.
Cardillo agreed that there “is still time to fix this” and there is enthusiasm. Cardillo said he is not worried about voter turnout, rather he is concerned with the “non-sexy” issues like absentee ballots. He pointed to Florida that has a “302,000 absentee ballot advantage” right now.
“If it was just a matter of election day, I’d feel a lot better,” he said.