The communications director of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 MORE’s campaign said Wednesday that 2016 was not a fluke and “was only a surprise to people” who depended on public polls.

“2016 was not a fluke,” Campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh told Hill.TV. “It was only a surprise to those people who were believing the public polls, and I think that’s what the news media and others are falling into the trap of again.”

Murtaugh said the news media still needs to “learn any lessons” from its coverage of the 2016 election and "get outraged at him at the smallest things."

“If anybody is still reliving 2016, it’s the news media,” he said. “They still don’t know what to make of Donald Trump.”

The campaign spokesman continued by saying his team is aiming to run based on Trump’s record as president.

“I think it’s actually the Democrats and the news media who are falling back on their old way of looking at things and looking at Donald Trump,” Murtaugh said.

Experts have said Trump won the 2016 election by winning over late-deciding candidates who had a negative view of both him and then-Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMark Cuban says he's decided not to run for president Trump official criticizes ex-Clinton spokesman over defunding police tweet Poll: Biden leads Trump, Cunningham neck and neck with Tillis in North Carolina MORE

Polls this month have shown former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Murkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump| Esper orders hundreds of active-duty troops outside DC sent home day after reversal | Iran releases US Navy veteran Michael White Davis: 72 hours cementing the real choice for November OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs order removing environmental reviews for major projects | New Trump air rule will limit future pollution regulations, critics say | DNC climate group calls for larger federal investment on climate than Biden plan MORE with a slight lead above President Trump.