Pierson will serve as a senior adviser assigned to leading national grassroots outreach, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale announced Tuesday.
Tea partier Katrina Pierson returns to Trump campaign as team aims to minimize 2018 damage
Thats an important role for 2020 and even more so for 2018, when the midterms present a more immediate challenge for Trump.
“Katrina and John will play pivotal roles on our campaign once again as we develop a winning strategy through 2020 to Keep America Great,” Michael Glassner, chief operating officer of Trump for President, said. “They will also contribute tremendously to our national engagement in the mid-term elections this year. Were delighted to have them back on the team.”
Trump campaign rehires former spokeswoman Katrina Pierson
Control of Congress is on the line in November. Recent elections in New Jersey and Virginia have already handed setbacks to Republicans. The GOP has been struggling to hold onto a U.S. House seat in western Pennsylvania, and Trump has stumped there twice ahead of a special election Tuesday that will provide an important test of Democrats ability to harness anti-Trump sentiment.
“As we build out our operations for the 2018 mid-term elections and the 2020 reelection campaign, we are pleased to welcome back two outstanding members of our 2016 team, Parscale said in a news release. We need the help of proven leaders such as Katrina and John to promote the Presidents growing portfolio of achievements across the country.”
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A Democratic majority in the House might be inclined to pursue impeachment. At a minimum, loss of the House or Senate would imperil Trumps agenda on immigration, taxes, trade and a host of other issues, giving urgency to an early push by the presidents political operation.
Since Trump took office she has been working with America First Policies, a group formed to promote Trumps agenda. She will be based in Washington. Although she didnt join the administration, she has been spotted often at the White House and has remained a favorite.
Katrina Pierson to rejoin Trump campaign as a senior adviser
During the 2016 cycle, Pierson was a regular defender of Trump on cable news shows. She emerged in 2009 as an early star in Texas tea party circles.
Pierson, who will serve as a senior adviser to the campaign, was one of Trumps most ardent Black voices—defending her boss against opponents (Democrats and Republicans) on cable news stations. Her shady past certainly didn’t help her image of being either uninformed or a bald-faced liar (or both). For example, she bizarrely blamed President Barack Obama for starting the war in Afghanistan. Obama, however, was a state senator at the time that war began. She also disrespected Obama by referring to him as the head Negro in charge.
In 2014 she challenged longtime Dallas Rep. Pete Sessions in the GOP primary. She fell short but drew support from, among others, Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz, whose upset win in 2012 Pierson had backed.
Dubbed “Hurricane Katrina” by Texas Monthly for her biting appearances as a Trump campaign surrogate, Pierson turned down the post of deputy White House press secretary early in the administration. Sean Spicer, press secretary at the time, confirmed the offer a year ago.
“She accepted and I was excited to have her on the team,” he told the Daily Beast. “She ultimately decided to pursue another role on the Trump Team.”
Pierson said at the time that she had made a “personal decision to remain on the outside for now.” The post went to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who succeeded Spicer as the top spokesperson for the White House.
Parscale, who served as Trumps digital strategist in 2016, also announced the hiring of John McEntee, Trumps “body man” during the campaign and at the White House. McEntee will serve as a senior adviser at the campaign, as well.
McEntee was abruptly forced off the White House staff on Monday and escorted out, apparently after losing his security clearance. No reason has been given. The overnight hiring by the campaign reflected Trumps willingness to keep tainted but trusted aides close.
“As we build out our operations for the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 re-election campaign, we are pleased to welcome back two outstanding members of our 2016 team,” Parscale said in a prepared statement issued by the campaign. “We need the help of proven leaders such as Katrina and John to promote the presidents growing portfolio of achievements across the country.”
Michael Glassner, the campaigns chief operating officer, said that “Katrina and John will play pivotal roles on our campaign once again as we develop a winning strategy through 2020 to Keep America Great.”
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