By The Hill staff - 08-14-16 20:27 PM EDT
In a scathing editorial published Sunday evening, The Wall Street Journal declared that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's "window for a turnaround is closing."
The paper's editorial board declared the GOP nominee "has alienated his party and he isn't running a competent campaign."
It points to Trump's poor polling numbers in swing states, as well as his lack of organization and ground game.
"Those who sold Mr. Trump to GOP voters as the man who could defeat Hillary Clinton now face a moment of truth," the editorial board wrote, name-checking top Trump allies Newt Gingrich, Chris Christie, Rudy Giulianiand campaign manager Paul Manafort.
"If they can't get Mr. Trump to change his act by Labor Day, the GOP will have no choice but to write off the nominee as hopeless and focus on salvaging the Senate and House and other down-ballot races," the editorial board continued.
"As for Mr. Trump, he needs to stop blaming everyone else and decide if he wants to behave like someone who wants to be President-or turn the nomination over to Mike Pence."
Earlier Sunday, Manafort pushed back on talk that the campaign is in a state of disarray after a week in which the billionaire called President Obama the founder of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and made what many took as a threat against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
And despite a report that the Republican National Committee is considering cutting off support and funds to Trump to focus on congressional races, RNC strategist Sean Spicer told The Hill "there are no discussions" in that vein.