2020-09-03 22:19:59 UTC
despite lack of polls boost from Republican convention
*Kellyanne Conway predicted that President Donald Trump's 'hidden undercover'
supporters would propel him to victory again
*'There are even more of them and they are even more committed now,' Conway said
of the secret Trump voters
*In an interview with former Obama-Clinton staffer Jennifer Palmieri, Conway
also believed Trump would be ahead in the polls by this week
*She said Trump could still run as an 'incumbent outsider' because the Democrats
'screwed up their nomination process' by choosing Joe Biden
*Conway also said Trump 'turned around' how Americans perceived his coronavirus
crisis handling by telling them to wear masks and cancelling rallies
Outgoing Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway predicted that President
Donald Trump's 'hidden undercover' supporters would propel him to victory again
- and he'd be topping the polls a week after the conventions.
'I've gotta tell you, as the person who coined the term "hidden undercover Trump
voter" in 2016, there are even more of them and they are even more committed now
and they are going to surprise you to who they are this time,' Conway said in an
interview for Showtime's 'The Circus.'
Conway was sitting down with Jennifer Palmieri, who worked in President Barack
Obama's White House before moving to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential
campaign - a campaign that Conway beat, as Trump's 2016 campaign manager.
'Most people in this country see themselves as an outsider to the system. And
that is still who Donald J. Trump is,' Conway said.
Conway explained that Trump can still take on that mantle because 'Democrats
really screwed up their nomination process' by picking Joe Biden, who's been in
national politics since 1972.
Democrats 'did not vote for somebody who would suggest forward-looking,
visionary, new generation change, if you will.'
'It allows President Trump to remain and run for re-election as the "incumbent
outsider,"' Conway said.
Conway also said she believed Democrats already thought they had the election
'I think it all turned around five or six weeks ago,' Conway said, specifically
talking about how Trump was rated in his handling of the pandemic, as she chided
Democrats for using the crisis politicially. 'For some reason, cynically, the
Democrats think they can win an election based on a once-in-a century tragedy
that swept the nation,' she said.
Conway said Trump turned the ship around when he said, and then tweeted, that
Americans should wear masks.
'He also resumed the coronavirus briefings,' Conway continued. 'I said to him
the briefings should be succinct and they should be technical briefings.'
'And the other thing he did that week is he said he's pulling down his live
convention and I'm not going to do these big rallies. And that's the president
saying, "what's good for thee is good for me,"' she went on. 'So that's called
The president did briefly encourage mask-wearing, but has seldomly worn a mask
to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. He's also held a number of events,
including inviting 1,500 people to the White House South Lawn for his Republican
National Convention speech, where social distancing protocols weren't practiced
and few people wore face coverings.
That was the scene Wednesday, when he landed in Wilmington, North Carolina and
briefly addressed supporters.
On Thursday he's headed to Latrobe, Pennsylvania for what the campaign isn't
calling a rally - instead it's described as the president 'deliver[ing] remarks'
- but will still be a large gathering.
Palmieri didn't press Conway on the point.
'The Democrats thought they had this all sewed up two months ago, the media were
like I'm going to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard and the Hamptons, we're all
suddenly like holy crap this guy's coming back,' Conway said.
She pointed to a poll - likely the July survey from the right-leaning Cato
Institute - that found 62 per cent of Americans are afraid to express their
political views due to the current climate.
'But they express themselves at the ballot box,' she said.
She also defended the president's mostly white voter base.
'I always feel a fire in my belly and bile in my throat when people who are the
way I grew up are mocked and ridiculed as either irredeemable or deplorable or
looked down upon because they go to church or they own a firearm, Conway said.
But even if the 'hidden undercover' Trump voters don't express themselves to
pollsters, Conway predicted the president would be up in polls by today.
'A week after the conventions the president will be way ahead,' she said.
So far, that hasn't fully materialized.
Every poll that came out Wednesday showed Biden ahead, including nine different
national polls and polls from four swing states including Pennsylvania, where
Trump will travel Thursday, Wisconsin, Arizona and North Carolina.