With the presidential election 90 days away, the Donald Trump campaign is scrambling to set up the basics of a campaign in Hamilton County, a key county in a swing state crucial to a Republican victory, a recent internal email obtained by The Enquirer shows.
The campaign has yet to find or appoint key local leaders or open a campaign office in the county and isn't yet sure which Hamilton County Republican party's central committee members are allied with the Republican presidential nominee.
"If they are against us, we just need to know," wrote Missy Mae Walters, Southwest Ohio regional coordinator for the campaign.
Even campaign materials, such as signs and stickers, aren't yet available.
"We have been promised they're on their way," she wrote.
The campaign plans to open 25 Trump "Victory Centers" statewide, she said, but a planned Monday opening of an office in Kenwood got held up waiting for a legal department sign-off. Some volunteer training sessions have been set up with more planned, she wrote.
The email indicates a campaign whose ambition matches the urgency of its late arrival. The campaign plans to have a presence at the Labor Day union picnic event in Cincinnati, in an attempt to siphon supporters for Donald Trump's trade policies away from what would otherwise be a heavily Democratic crowd.
A request for comment from the Trump campaign in Ohio wasn't immediately returned on Wednesday.
And this is why Trump is done:
The state of the Clinton campaign in the county and statewide stands in stark contrast. It had 12 offices open across Ohio at the end of last week, with local offices in Walnut Hills, Pleasant Ridge and Woodlawn. The campaign is opening seven more offices this week, including a Mason office on Wednesday night.
So that makes 19 Clinton offices in Ohio, and four in Cincinnati alone. Meanwhile, Trump's ego is so massive he assumes that everyone will vote for him because he's Donald Trump. The fact that people are doing the opposite for that reason hasn't occurred to him. If you can't win Hamilton County as a Republican, you're done. Romney and McCain both lost Hamilton County. to Barack Obama. Both lost Ohio as a result. Both went on to lose the White House because no Republican has ever won without Ohio.
Trump isn't even trying to win Hamilton County yet. That should tell you everything you need to know about him.