Donald Trump has a message for his long time campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski…”YOU’RE FIRED!!!!”
“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 spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said in a statement. “The campaign is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication and we wish him the best in the future.”
Mr. Trump had faced increasing concerns from allies and donors, as well as his children, about the next phase of the campaign as he pivots toward a general election.
There has been a power struggle in the Trump campaign ever since ‘The Donald’ brought in veteran strategist, Paul Manafort, to run Trump’s convention delegate strategy (which doesn’t sound like it’s going well with the stories about a delegate revolt gaining strength).
Lewandowski had been working behind the scenes to block Manafort’s influence and prevent some of his people from gaining key spots in the Trump campaign organization, but it looked like it wasn’t enough. No word yet on whether Manafort will slide into Corey’s old spot, but that is the probable move here.
Removing your campaign manager at this stage of the game is not a good sign for any campaign, and with Trumps 70% unfavorable rating, combined with his deficit in the polls, his lackluster fundraising, and his organizational deficit to the Clinton campaign, we may see the party write off the top of the ticket early in the game this year. Such a move would spell the end of the Trump campaign, as he has made it clear he expects the party to do the heavy lifting for him when it comes to raising money and organizing a ground game.