Say what?

Courtesy of Politico

President Donald Trump’s political team has concluded that shutting down the government hasn’t damaged his 2020 prospects — if anything, they’re convinced it’s bolstered his standing in key electoral battlegrounds.

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale commissioned a survey taken during the final days of the shutdown that was conducted by respected GOP pollsters Neil Newhouse and Robert Blizzard. The poll, surveying 10 GOP-leaning House districts that Democrats won in the 2018 midterms, found that a plurality of voters blamed Trump for the shutdown. But a plurality of voters also supported his push for a border wall.

Trump is expected to be briefed on the new numbers on Monday evening, according to a person familiar with the plans.

The poll has been released as the president faces blowback from across the political spectrum over the five-week shutdown. The survey conflicts with other data showing that Trump’s poll numbers were damaged by the episode.

While some view internal polls skeptically, this one could embolden Trump to take a hard line in future negotiations over the wall. Trump has a pattern of latching onto polling data that confirm his views, even if they’re contradicted by other numbers.

I am going to have to imagine that this polling sample was made up entirely of Trump family members and White House staffers. 

I have dabbled in oppositional research myself and I can tell you that the video of Trump offering to take responsibility for this shutdown is “Gold Jerry, it’s gold!”

If I were working for his eventual opponent’s campaign I would have that damn thing running on a loop in every house in America, along with the statistics showing how much the shutdown cost the country, testimony from the federal workers struggling to survive, and news footage of when he finally caved like Nancy Pelosi’s little bitch. 

Good for his campaign my ass!