Book Claims Trump Campaign Was Run By Amateurs

Manny Otiko
1 min readJul 25, 2021

Clueless president ran chaotic campaign, WH

Brad Parscale, Trump 2020 campaign manager (Web Summit/Flickr)

Donald Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns were marked by rank amateurism. Many of the top campaign staffers had little or no experience. This is talked about in Michael C. Bender’s “Frankly, We Did Win This Election.” Case in point, the only experience Jared Kushner had was as a Democratic donor. Yet, he functioned as the shadow chief of staff.

Hope Hicks, Trump campaign communications director, had never worked in politics before. And Brad Parscale, who ran the Trump 2020 campaign for a while, had never headed up a presidential operation! How are you going to hire someone to run a campaign for the toughest job in the world who has never done it before?

The real question is not how Trump lost in 2020, but how he won the presidency in the first place?

Manny Otiko

Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.