Trump on school supplies: “We don't need 57 pencils for every kid. You can have two.”

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Trump apparently believes that science should not stand in the way of full schools, because his truism is that the economy must turn around for him to be reelected. Also COVID data must now go to HHS rather than CDC, because it can be suppressed/filtered. One of the latest models suggests that a quarter million people could die from COVID by the the time Trump’s gone.

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President Trump demoted campaign manager Brad Parscale and replaced him with his deputy, hours after a brutal new round of polls showed Trump losing five of six swing states — and sinking into a double-digit hole nationally.

Why it matters: Trump's announcement — on Facebook, in the midst of a Twitter outage — shows that he knows he's losing.

  • It's obvious to all around him: All the data shows it. The family knows it. And with 110 days until the election, the president now admits it.

A recent spate of Fox News polls particularly infuriated Trump, Axios' Alayna Treene hears.

  • One official said Trump still brings up a warning by Fox News' Tucker Carlson last month that Trump “could well lose.”
  • Look for more changes to come.

The towering Parscale is a longtime Trump family digital guru who engineered the online side of Trump's 2016 upset.

  • He gets to stay, demoted to senior adviser. Trump really can't fire Brad: He knows too much, and he built the digital infrastructure the campaign relies on.

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The reality-TV stories probably mean more since the latest scuttlebutt is that Brad Parscale got demoted because he was seen “canoodling” with Hope Hicks. This is an upgrade from other salacious rumors about Parscale. Then again, Godwin’s law:

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