On Monday, Donald Trump abruptly fired his beleaguered long-time campaign manager Corey Lewandowski – and when we say abruptly, we mean Trump told nobody that this was happening, including Lewandowski, until it happened. Trump may not have a lot of discernible skills, but he certainly has a flare for drama.
It’s looking unlikely that even a single tear will be shed for Lewandowski, a man universally reviled both within and outside the Trump campaign. The guy, you may recall, made headlines early into Trump’s run by being a belligerent loose cannon prone to fits of violence: At one point, he forcefully grabbed the arm of a reporter and was almost charged with assault. He also once incited a fight between a protester and a Trump fan at a rally. He was, by all accounts, a terrible campaign manager – leaving Trump’s team disorganized and dead broke.
But while Lewandowski was clearly headed off a very steep cliff, the sheer speed with which Trump fired him still shocked people. Apparently, the candidate who owes a lot of his brand recognition to a reality show where he fires people, didn’t even have the courage to do it face-to-face. He fired Lewandowski over the phone.
Trump informed Lewandowski he was out in a phone call today, @KellyO reports
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 20, 2016
Hilariously, Trump even made Lewandowski sit through an early morning conference call talking strategy for the campaign he would no longer be working for in a matter of hours. That’s cold!
what on earth pic.twitter.com/c87wgVj20H
— Philip Bump (@pbump) June 20, 2016
So why did Trump decide to fire him? The list of reasons were numerous: Trump’s freefall polling numbers, his “anemic” fundraising, the campaign train wreck. According to reporter Ali Vitali, one Trump aide called it the “perfect storm” of awful job performance. However, despite all of that, apparently it was his children who made the call.
Hearing Lewandowski was escorted out by Trump security this morning. His firing was result of coup by Trump children, campaign source said.
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) June 20, 2016
The fact that he was escorted out of the building by armed guards makes one think that this was not a graceful exit. Being manhandled out of Trump Tower after spending the last year trying to get your friend elected president has got to be an all-time low. Trump’s campaign released a statement acknowledging the departure while at the same time taking the opportunity to get a few brags in as well.
The Donald J. Trump Campaign for President, which has set a historic record in the Republican primary having received almost 14 million votes, has today announced that Corey Lewandowski will no longer be working with the campaign. The campaign is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication and we wish him the best in the future.
It is abundantly clear that the one thing that will make Trump unpalatable for most Republican politicians isn’t his racism, his casual sexism, or his dangerous temperament; it’s the possibility that he might lose the election. Now that polls show Trump down in nearly every battleground state and with unfavorability ratings that unimaginably high, the Republican establishment that was so quick to rally to his side are fleeing just as fast. This abandonment clearly weighs heavily on Trump who appears to now be in full-on freak out mode. Firing Corey Lewandowski, a man so hated that even Trump’s staff celebrated his demise, is a good start.
The one thing Trump may not have considered when firing Lewandowski? Think about the tell-all book this man could write. The thought of it is sure to keep Trump tossing and turning at night.
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