The Question Raised by the Undercover Trump Voter Meme

Why Trump surrogates say he’s actually winning.

Immediately following the Trump campaign’s staff shake-up, I thought that too much attention was being paid to the decision to bring on Steve Bannon and not enough to Kellyanne Conway. In the days since that happened, we seem to have seen more of her influence (i.e., Trump’s so-called “softening” of his deportation policy) than his.

But let’s be honest…she has a tough job. Not only does she have to mitigate her candidate’s narcissistic bullying, she has to account for the fact that he’s losing in the polls – big time! That’s her job. So how’s she doing? Here is her latest attempt on the latter.

We’ve heard that one about the “undercover Trump voter” before. It’s not surprising that Conway would use it. What else has she got?

But take a look at what she said.

Donald Trump performs consistently better in online polling where a human being is not talking to another human being about what he or she may do in the election. It’s because it’s become socially desirable, if you’re a college educated person in the United States of America, to say that you’re against Donald Trump.

I’ll be waiting for some enterprising reporter to ask a follow-up question to that explanation: Why has it become socially desirable to say that you’re against Donald Trump? Could it be that he is seen as a narcissistic bully who is unfit for the office of the presidency?

I’m not going to cry any tears for Kellyanne Conway. But I’m certainly willing to admit that she might just have the toughest job in politics right now.

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60.