Corey Lewandowski has officially joined the list of staff supporters who have been told the trademarked Trump “you’re fired”. Welcome to the “group of people that even Trump couldn’t stand” club, Roger Stone will show you to your room.
Trump seems to be in a bit of a pickle right now. As the presumptive republican nominee, Trump stands at a 70% unfavorable rate — higher than any nominee in modern history. This can be accredited to an infinite amount of problems throughout his primary campaigns. From his racist rhetoric to his fascist populism, The Don has made some horrendous negative impacts to communities that are now refusing to vote for him this upcoming general election. The #NeverTrump movement has never been stronger, with delegates from the convention itself switching sides.
Trump has had a terrible week: perhaps his worst in the entire year his campaign has been running for. His numbers have tanked, giving Hillary Clinton a double digit lead in the average polls. His unfavorable numbers obviously topped 70%. His snobby, snarky, “I told you so” speech concerning the Orlando shooting left him with a “poor” after tone on both Democratic and Republican opinions. And now, with his attitude suddenly jumping left in a vague attempt to sweep up Bernie or Bust votes from the disgruntled Democratic primaries, he’s getting caught in contradicting hypocrisies left and right.
He’s stood toe-to-toe with the NRA, which finally endorsed him after months of political torment, claiming that he’s now pushing for reform in who can purchase a firearm. He’s backed up his previous claims concerning his domestic policies, but the media has started picking up on his “whatever way the Trump winds decide to blow” method of speaking.
Corey Lewandowski’s firing was almost predictable. As his campaign manager, Lewandowski has always had a bit of a “Let Trump be Trump” mindset. As political advisors have noticed, Lewandowski shared Trump’s entertainment values. They were two peas in a pod — both loving the attention whoring stunts that Trump’s early campaign surrounded itself with.
But, with the public opinion dropping, Lewandowski became more controversial than ever before. Trump has no excuse to keep him anymore. Lewandowski’s negatives overrode his positives, thus causing Trump to axe him for someone better.
If you’ve been following the campaign trail, Corey Lewandowski has been a rather controversial liability. During the March 3rd Republican debate in Detroit, for example, Lewandowski made his way on stage during the very first commercial break to consult strategy with Trump. This violated debate rules, which specifically stated that candidates could not have any communication whatsoever with their campaign staff during any and all commercial breaks. When Fox News officials asked Lewandowski to vacate the stage, the stubborn and hotheaded manager refused to do so. Thus, his credentials were brought into question. Trump looked feeble for a moment, relying on an illegal call in to understand what was going on, and then being unable to relay a member of staff to follow code of conduct.
Even worse, however, was the whole debacle between Lewandowski and the Brietbart reporter Michelle Fields. Camera footage showed the campaign manager forcibly yanking the reporter out of Trump’s way, leaving a rather large bruise on her forearm.
Fields filed a police report on March 11th, and by March 29th Lewandowski was charged by police with simple battery. Eventually, it was assessed that he wouldn’t be prosecuted because he was “reacting to a possible threat”. But now, the country had established his personality. After the debate issue, he was stubborn and hard to reign in. After the issue with Michelle Fields, he was violent and over-reactive. He’s not head of security as a campaign manager.
His violent behavior persisted, with reports of him ruffing up protesters at a March Trump rally. This all combined to lead Trump to downplay his campaign manager’s role. On April 2nd, Politico came out in a report to state that Lewandowski’s role within the campaign was shrinking quickly. An insider was quoted as saying “Trump’s listening to other people now. The crew is expanding. The inner circle isn’t what it used to be.”
And now, fast forward three months later, Corey Lewandowski has been fired. Trump’s right hand man of a campaign manager has been given the treatment that so many people on his former reality TV show The Apprentice have been so unfortunate enough to receive
He’s been replaced with someone much more intelligent, much more experienced, and much more level-headed too. A bit of a middle finger towards the man who played a crucial role in “Letting Trump be Trump” this entire election cycle.
Introducing Trump’s new campaign manager. A member of Gerald Ford’s 1972 presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign, George H. W. Bush’s 1988 presidential campaign, and Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign, Paul Manafort is now Trump’s campaign chairman and chief strategist.
Ronald turned McDonald, this establishment Republican policy advisor has quite a bit of experience under his belt. As Slate recently reported, “Paul Manafort made a career out of stealthily reinventing the world’s nastiest tyrants as noble defenders of freedom. Getting Donald Trump elected will be a cinch.”
Manafort has a different motto than Lewandowski. Rather than “Let Trump be Trump”, Paul Manafort would rather shape the presumptive nominee into something that could combat that 70% unfavorable rating and seem presidential enough to combat Hillary Clinton. His experience combines well enough with his skills.
He started off slow with the Trump campaign; but after managing the overall budget, buying advertisement that won states, and steering the bumbling improviser of a candidate to a teleprompter in order to refrain him from ranting about opponents and saying things that he later regrets, it’s more than obvious why Trump decided to go with him (and why Trump decided to let go of Lewandowski).
But, the American public won’t be easily swayed this time around. With a new age of politics reigning over online media sources, it’ll take a lot for the negative image of Trump to wipe off the percentile of citizens who are chanting “Never Trump” on and offline.
All The King’s Horses and All The King’s Men Couldn’t Make Trump’s Campaign Great Again. But, if there is one person who may have a chance to do it, it’s Paul Manafort.