It’s official: The Trump campaign lives in an alternate reality.
In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway didn’t just claim the polls are rigged for Hillary Clinton, but she said her campaign is so confident about Donald Trump being victorious in November that they’re already vetting candidates for cabinet positions.
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“Yes,” Conway said when asked if the Trump campaign is starting to vet individuals for cabinet seats. “Because we’re going to win so we have to get ready to form a government.”
She added that the campaign is “really happy” that so many people are willing to serve in a potential Trump-Pence administration.
A Trump-Pence administration? Good luck with that.
Describing why she is confident, Conway cited internal polling that shows the Republican nominee doing better than public surveys, which show Clinton demolishing Trump pretty much everywhere on the map.
“We show Hillary Clinton under 50, and usually well under 50,” the Trump campaign manager said. “In North Carolina, it’s closer to tied.”
The latest poll of North Carolina shows Trump losing by 7 points, and early voting numbers in the state are extremely positive for Democrats.
Still, Conway says she thinks “Donald Trump is going to win the election,” saying Clinton is underperforming Barack Obama’s numbers from 2012. What she didn’t mention is how Trump is also behind Mitt Romney, who lost by a solid margin four years ago.
“We don’t like to say things are over,” Conway said, ignoring data that shows Trump would likely need a miracle to win an election that’s already underway. “We like to leave that narrative to people who are already critical of him and want the race to be over.”
Sure, the race isn’t officially over until the votes are counted on Nov. 8. But Conway, a veteran GOP pollster, must privately know that the possibility of Trump ever having a cabinet – a spooky thought, I know – is almost nonexistent.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.