From the Washington Post:
Trump’s advisers presented him with the results of internal polling last week that showed him falling behind former vice president Joe Biden in key swing states in the presidential race, part of an effort by aides to curtail Trump’s freewheeling daily briefings on the coronavirus pandemic, according to three people with knowledge of the conversations.
The president spoke with campaign manager Brad Parscale, White House senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, among other officials, in calls and meetings last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, according to the three people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to reveal internal discussions.
One call on Wednesday — with Parscale patched in from his home in Florida and McDaniel from hers in Michigan — was designed to present grim polling data to the president to encourage him to reduce the frequency of coronavirus briefings or to stop taking questions, after seeing his numbers slip for several weeks, officials said.
Trump resisted the pleas, saying people “love” the briefings and think he is “fighting for them,” a person with knowledge of the Wednesday conversation said. Trump has long been distrustful of polling data presented to him when the numbers are negative, aides say.
Aides described Trump as in a particularly foul mood last week because of the polling data and news coverage of his administration’s response to the pandemic, according to two of the people familiar with the discussions. In one call, he berated Parscale over the polling data, the two people said.
At one point in that call, Trump said he might sue Parscale, though one of the people with knowledge of the comments said he made the remark in jest. News of Trump’s eruption at Parscale was first reported Wednesday by CNN.
Trump told Parscale that he did not believe the polling that had been presented to him, even though it came from the campaign and the RNC.
“I’m not losing to Joe Biden,” Trump said at one point, both of these people said, adding that the president used profanities throughout the call.
Of course he’s going to blame someone else when he’s losing, and like those who fart and blame the dog, it’s never his fault. And — Dog willing — when he loses in November, it’s not going to be his fault. He will say the votes against him were fraudulent, illegals voted in huge numbers, the Democrats cheated, the Republican establishment and Deep State had it in for him from the beginning, and the Chinese were for Biden all along. He will never concede, he will challenge the vote in court, he will say the Electoral College is a scam, and on that clear beautiful morning of January 20, 2021, the Secret Service will have to bodily remove him from the third floor of the White House residence where he will be surrounded by the discarded bags and wrappers from Burger King and Cheetos.
But yes, at this point, you’re losing to Joe Biden, and you don’t even have a dog to blame.