Trump Should Not Bet On Any Boost From The Brexit Vote

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, at his Turnberry golf course, in Turnberry, S
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, at his Turnberry golf course, in Turnberry, Scotland, Britain June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

It has been widely reported that Donald Trump will be the beneficiary of a Brexit vote boost here in America.

"It's been a good week that I think will allow him to move past some of these issues that have hampered him," said veteran GOP operative Ed Rollins, who is running a Trump super-PAC.

As the product of an exceptional staffing tree of the Democratic Party, the one thing that I have heard over and over about our Republican friends is that one man stands above them all:

Ed Rollins.

Ed Rollins resides among the very best that the GOP has ever produced. And the master of campaigns and media is reduced to a budget of short television commercials that feature -- him.

And his statement is pure and utter lunacy.

Moreover, he knows it.


Because he is the most prominent Republican staffer that would support a Donald Trump candidacy.

And his most prominent surrogate for Mr. Trump is former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

How is that going to go over on the campaign trail?

What exactly will a policy roll out entail with his candidate?

Rallies across America?

Trump, Rumsfeld, Sheriff Joe, Mike Tyson and Tommy Brady on a group stage?

Is this not straight out of central casting?

Did far too many not just learn the lessons of what transpired in the United Kingdom?

Moreover, the Republican establishment has made a conscious decision that they will not work to get Donald Trump elected and focus on down ticket races.

And Ed Rollins knows more delegate math and electoral strategy then most everyone alive in Washington has forgotten.

He can read the map as well as anyone in politics -- period.

And his candidate had a terrible week as he continues to make gaffes that are inexcusable in his desire to preside over the White House for four years.

In the meantime, I think it is fair to say that you'll see former Secretary of State Clinton do what she has been doing since the day I started staffing her 20 years ago:

She will stay focused on the issues and make progress daily for the American people.

This is a woman I spent a lot of time of with in-person.

And here's the truth of the matter for me.

I have never heard Hillary Clinton yell or berate anyone -- yet alone staff or the United States Secret Service. I do recall briefing her numerous times that an agent on her detail had an ailing family member or had been in an accident.

And her response was always the same -- without fail and every single time, she would seek that person out as soon as the media lights turned out. To be candid, too often I found myself waiting to brief her at the end of the day on the road because the regard she showed for every member of her team was that important to her.

Here is the bottom line:

Hillary Clinton cares and does so without prompting.

That humanity is lacking in Donald Trump and all should be able to reasonably agree with that statement.

So the forthcoming attempts to demonize the presumptive Democratic nominee over the next four months are well expected.


Our friend Ed Rollins knows the clock is ticking, the map is shrinking and he is far too behind in that many areas to rescue this candidacy.

In political campaigns, when you are behind, you take risks as election day nears.

Senator John McCain, a truly great man, can tell you in detail about this.

In 2016, I guess the new standard is making overtly false statements.

Or has it always been?

I look forward to asking Ed about his on November 9th, 2016.

Michael Duga has served in political and strategic roles beginning in the Clinton Administration. This includes serving as Chief of Staff to Former Senator Max Cleland and as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Department of Defense. Mr. Duga is currently the Chairman of the Say No To Trump political action committee,