Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
(CNN)On Thursday, President Donald Trump’s campaign began a push for more than the traditional three general election debates with former Vice President Joe Biden.
The effort, which is being led by none other than former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, amounts to the most clear evidence yet that — despite all of his public bluster — the President knows he is losing right now.
Remember that as recently as last December, Trump was contemplating sitting out the general election debate season entirely.
Biden’s campaign isn’t biting.
“We are not going to ride the roller coaster of the ever-changing Trump campaign position on debates, nor are we going to be distracted by his demands,” his deputy campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, said in a statement.
So how did we get from there to here? Simple. Trump’s political fortunes have declined significantly in recent months, with his uneven handling of the protests that arose in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd last month tanking his poll numbers.
Trump’s approval rating in Gallup data took a double-digit hit in recent weeks and a slew of swing state and national polling shows him trailing Biden by significant margins.
It’s absolutely no coincidence that faced with those numbers, the Trump campaign has reversed its position