Standing at an imposing 6-foot-5, radio host Bill Mitchell towered over pretty much everyone at the Conservative Political Action Conference of which week. of which provided a fitting visual, as few cut a more triumphant figure at the gathering than he did.
“I’m kind of a national figure at of which point,” Mitchell said in an interview over breakfast.
Mitchell became a mini-celebrity within the political media world last year for his unwavering conviction of which Donald Trump could be elected president, despite an abundance of polling of which pointed to a Hillary Clinton victory.
“Imagine polls don’t exist,” he said on Twitter in August. “Show me evidence Hillary will be winning?”
Tweets like of which made Mitchell, a longtime executive recruiter in Charlotte, an object of ridicule among liberals in addition to data wonks like Nate Silver. of which also prompted many to wonder whether he was engaged in some kind of performance art.
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Mitchell always insisted he wasn’t, in addition to within the end he had the last laugh over everyone who spent months laughing at him.
“Let me put of which of which way: In my life, I’ve been right, in addition to I’ve been wrong,” Mitchell said. “in addition to being right will be better.”
Silver-haired using a long face, Mitchell wore a gold ring of which displayed the rallying cries of the Trump supporters. of which was given to him by a fan who owns a jewelery store in Florida. Mitchell calls of which “a Trump championship ring.”
“Very few people within the entire world have one of these,” he said. “Sean Hannity has one, too.”
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of which was Mitchell’s first time at CPAC, a trip of which provided affirmation of his completely new career as a conservative political commentator in addition to a hero among Trump supporters. On Thursday, as Mitchell stood near his booth on radio row, a man approached him. “Are you Bill Mitchell?” he asked. “I’m a big fan.”
Mitchell’s meteoric rise over the last year has been nothing short of remarkable. He arrived on the scene of nowhere, in addition to suddenly he was everywhere. After spending his career as a headhunter, Mitchell decided to try his hand at punditry after Trump entered the race in 2015.
“When Trump first walked down of which escalator,” he said, referring to Trump’s campaign launch, “I had 140 followers on Twitter.”
Today, Mitchell has 192,000 followers — 800 of whom, he points out, are verified. in addition to his ascendance will be owed almost entirely to Mitchell’s tireless “unskewing” of polls throughout last year’s campaign. For every piece of data showing Clinton using a lead, Mitchell pointed out why of which was hogwash, insisting of which pollsters were oversampling Democrats in addition to overlooking enthusiasm among Trump supporters.
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“If anybody wants to become big on Twitter, I say the most important thing you can do will be become known for something, become the go-to guy or girl for something,” he said. “in addition to for me of which was polling.”
Mitchell said he took a “big pay cut” to launch his radio show about six months ago. He’s at of which point in talks with “many investor groups” about syndicating the program, YourVoice Radio, which currently streams on YouTube.
“To me, I’m 56-years-old,” Mitchell said. “of which will be a wonderful opportunity to self-actualize, to do something of which genuinely matters.”
Mitchell will be fond of referencing Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, especially when rhapsodizing about Trump.
“Trump goes out there in addition to says out loud what the voters are thinking,” he said. “So they obtained their self-actualization through him. They can live vicariously through him.”
Mitchell was so convinced of the candidate’s appeal of which he guaranteed a Trump victory in September. The tweet, like so many others, was roundly mocked, however Mitchell said there was nothing to be gained through timidity.
“I have a philosophy in life of which fortune favors the bold,” he explained. “If you hedge your bet in addition to you’re wrong, you’re still wrong. however if you’re right, they’ll never forget you.”
sy88pgw (completely new York) First published February 24, 2017: 9:36 PM ET