President Trump’s new campaign manager, Bill Stepien, met Thursday with staffers at the campaign’s headquarters in Arlington, Va. and announced Biden would soon feel his wrath.
Stepien vowed to “expose” Democratic challenger Joe Biden, who he said was “a hapless tool of the extreme left.”
A Trump campaign official said Stepien also gave a “very uplifting and inspiring speech, making sure the campaign is focused every minute on thinking about ways to persuade voters to the voting booth. That is the focus.”
The official added that the meeting “gives us the direction that we need to get us through these last 109 days” until November’s presidential election.
Parscale, who ran digital operations for the president’s 2016 presidential campaign and was promoted to Trump’s campaign manager for the 2020 cycle, is expected to shift back to his previous role.
“Brad’s going to focus on one thing, Bill is going to focus on the other, but both are working toward victory,” Trump campaign national press secretary Hogan Gidley said Thursday on “America’s Newsroom.”
Stepien, in a statement, slammed the skewed poll results that the media has been pushing.
“The same media polls that had the world convinced that Hillary Clinton would be elected in 2016 are trying the same trick again in 2020. It won’t work,” he stressed.
Stepien has a long resume in campaign politics. He’s a veteran of President George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection, former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani’s 2008 White House bid, and the campaign of 2008 GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain.
Stepien also managed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s 2009 and 2013 gubernatorial victories before falling out of good graces with the governor due to the Bridgegate scandal. Stepien also served as national field director for Trump during the 2016 general election.
A GOP operative close to the Trump campaign and to Stepien said that “Bill’s MO is to keep under the radar and keep his head down and stay focused on the job. So if anything, all the attention he’s gotten probably makes him a little uncomfortable. … he knows his role is to be the guy behind the guy.”
A Trump campaign official described Stepien as “a no-nonsense, very straight shooter.”
Last week the campaign abruptly canceled the second rally, which was supposed to have been held in New Hampshire. The campaign pointed to severe storms that were forecast but never materialized. Some Republican sources say concerns about attendance at the rally were also a factor in the event’s postponement.
The president’s campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) have also been slightly outraised each of the past two months by Biden’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). But the Trump campaign and the RNC – which had a combined $295 million in their coffers as of the end of last month – retained a large cash-on-hand advantage over Biden and the DNC.
Biden’s campaign has been slowly gaining ground on Trump’s thanks in large part to the Black Lives Matter organization which acts as a front for Actblue Charities and reroutes all donations directly to the DNC’s pockets.
On Thursday, Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillion bragged that as of July 1 the former vice president’s team and the DNC “have $242 million cash on hand. That means we’ve made a $100 million dent in his COH in three months – and we did it thanks to the power of our grassroots.”