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Trump pollster's campaign autopsy paints damning picture of defeat

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Former President Donald Trump has blamed the election results on unfounded claims of fraud and malfeasance.

But at the top levels of his campaign, a detailed autopsy report that circulated among his political aides paints a far different — and more critical — portrait of what led to his defeat.


The post-mortem, a copy of which was obtained by POLITICO, says the former president suffered from voter perception that he wasn’t honest or trustworthy and that he was crushed by disapproval of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. And while Trump spread baseless accusations of ballot-stuffing in heavily Black cities, the report notes that he was done in by hemorrhaging support from white voters.

The 27-page report, which was written by Trump chief pollster Tony Fabrizio, shows how Trump advisers were privately reckoning with his loss even as the former president and many of his supporters engaged in a conspiracy theory-fueled effort to overturn the election. The autopsy was completed in December 2020 and distributed to Trump’s top political advisers just before President Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration.

It is unclear if Trump has seen the report.

The findings are based on an analysis of exit polling in 10 states. Five of them — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — are states that Trump lost after winning them in 2016. The other five — Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas — are states that Trump won in both elections.

The report zeroes in on an array of demographics where Trump suffered decisive reversals in 2020, including among white seniors, the same group that helped to propel him to the White House. The autopsy says that Trump saw the “greatest erosion with white voters, particularly white men,” and that he “lost ground with almost every age group.” In the five states that flipped to Biden, Trump’s biggest drop-off was among voters aged 18-29 and 65 and older.

Suburbanites — who bolted from Trump after 2016 — also played a major role. The report says that the former president suffered a “double-digit erosion” with “White College educated voters across the board.”


The picture of the election presented in the report is widely shared by political professionals in both parties, if not by Trump and his legions of his supporters. Trump never offered a concession to Biden, and up until his final days in office, he clung to the debunked idea that the election had been stolen.

Fabrizio declined to comment on the post-mortem. A Trump spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

Trump’s personal behavior, the autopsy makes clear, contributed to his defeat. “Biden had a clear edge over POTUS on being seen as honest & trustworthy,” Fabrizio writes.

Trump’s response to the pandemic was also critical. The autopsy says that coronavirus registered as the top issue among voters, and that Biden won those voters by a nearly 3-to-1 margin. A majority registered disapproval of Trump’s handling of the virus.

Most voters said they prioritized battling the coronavirus over reopening the economy, even as the president put a firm emphasis on the latter. And roughly 75 percent of voters — most of whom favored Biden — said they favored public mask-wearing mandates.

The report also indirectly raises questions about the reelection campaign’s decision to pause advertising on TV over the summer and save resources until the fall. According to the findings, nearly 9-in-10 voters had made up their minds about whom to support by the final month of the race.

Fabrizio isn’t the only Trump adviser who has presented a post-mortem since Nov. 3. John McLaughlin, another Trump pollster, published a report on the conservative Newsmax website the week after the election.

Meanwhile, advisers to former Vice President Mike Pence brought in multiple pollsters to brief him on their conclusions after the election, according to a person familiar with the discussions. Among the takeaways was that Trump was gaining during the final weeks of the race and that his rallies had helped propel Republicans running in House and Senate races. But the pollsters also made clear that while there was substantial support for Trump’s policies, there was widespread exhaustion with the president.

Within Trump’s inner circle, Fabrizio had long espoused the belief that Trump needed to prioritize the pandemic in order to win reelection. Last summer, he penned a 79-page memo arguing that Trump needed to focus first on dealing with the pandemic rather than reopening the economy and recommending, among other things, that he should have been encouraging people to wear masks rather than mocking the practice.



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It took the Associated Press (AP) three-and-a-half days to call the election for Biden?

That's a long time.

See:  The Clintons and Democrat Party tried to steal the 2016 US President election by recruiting former Democrat Donald Trump as a "plant" to help Democrat Hillary Clinton win the election.

Democrat Party shenanigans (theft) two US Presidential elections in a row.


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On 2/2/2021 at 6:46 AM, HipKat said:

The findings are based on an analysis of exit polling in 10 states.

Maybe one of you Trump Republicans might want to ask HipKat how there could be accurate exit polling data when so many people voted by mail.

You know, maybe? 

I mean, when you're done trashing the White House press secretary (instead of exploiting VP Harrris' claims that Joe Biden is a KKK racist and sexually abuses women).

HipKat has me on ignore.  I keep posting facts and questions that make him uncomfortable.


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the GOP are fools to continue to continue to embrace trumpism. its fracturing their party at a time when they are already distrusted by a plurality of the american public

maybe a few more bitch slap elections will wisen them up

we need balance in gubmint so i hope they get their shit together. dems look positioned to maintain total control as long as the republicans keep making horrendous policy and priority decisions. the dems have too much crazy to leave it all in their hands for very long, so i hope the right gets their shit together soon. convicting the don would be an excellent start but that has about as much chance as a fart floating upwind. don has no chance of winning again anyway, but he can do a ton of damage by keeping the republicans in the desert and letting the dems run amok

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15 hours ago, Meathead said:

...don has no chance of winning again anyway...

I don't think longtime Democrat Donald Trump has any political aspirations.

He never did.  But he was either bribed or extorted by the Clintons and Democrat Party to run as a Republican "plant" in the 2016 US Presidential election to help Democrat Hillary Clinton win.

But it backfired.

Do I need to post the 18 links as proof for you again?



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3 hours ago, Thebowflexbody said:

Apparently TDS  is forever.  So funny.  So many haters around still have Trump on their minds 24/7.  Love it.  :classic_biggrin::clapper:

Have you had the chance to ask HepKat about this supposed report regarding exit polling accuracy?  Sounds kind of fishy. Moreover, those who did vote in person did while social distancing which doesn't lend itself to having pollsters ask the voters questions.  The voters most likely voted and got the heck out of Dodge.



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