Rumors have been swirling that Trump’s campaign has recently been plagued with infighting and firings. For instance, from Politico.com,
Last month, the campaign laid off the leader of its data team, Matt Braynard, who did not train a successor. It elevated his No. 2, a data engineer with little prior high-level political strategy experience, and also shifted some of his team’s duties to a 2015 college graduate whose last job was an internship with the consumer products company Colgate-Palmolive. Some of the campaign’s data remains inaccessible.
One political operative suggested that Trump didn’t function well in politics because it’s a team sport and he doesn’t operate that way. Trump staffers in South Carolina, Ohio, and Florida have not had their contracts renewed and those are states where he very much needs good campaign organizations.
The Trump campaign is now down to five or six people. From NBC News,
Internal disputes simmered as Trump soared in the polls and outpaced his Republican competitors in primary races. But after several tough weeks, peppered by a charge against Trump’s campaign manager for misdemeanor battery, and then comments from the candidate that infuriated all sides of the abortion debate, some within the Trump team said it was time for changes.
“There are essentially five or six people in the campaign,” said one person who would only speak on the condition of anonymity. “Certain people don’t want to lose power.”
Trump’s inner campaign circle includes campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, communications manager Hope Hicks, deputy campaign manager Michael Glassner and senior advisor Dan Scavino.
Last night, following a big loss in Wisconsin, Trump did not make a live speech or hold a press conference as he has after other primaries. This time he made no appearance. Instead he issued this rather strange statement or, as Red State called it, Wisconsin Loser Donald Trump Issues Loser Statement on Losing,
Donald J. Trump withstood the onslaught of the establishment yet again. Lyin’ Ted Cruz had the Governor of Wisconsin, many conservative talk radio show hosts, and the entire party apparatus behind him. Not only was he propelled by the anti-Trump Super PAC’s spending countless millions of dollars on false advertising against Mr. Trump, but he was coordinating `with his own Super PAC’s (which is illegal) who totally control him. Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet— he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump. We have total confidence that Mr. Trump will go on to win in New York, where he holds a substantial lead in all the polls, and beyond. Mr. Trump is the only candidate who can secure the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination and ultimately defeat Hillary Clinton, or whomever is the Democratic nominee, in order to Make America Great Again.
Ted Cruz was right when he called the Wisconsin primary a turning point. Trump has never had the support of the majority of Republicans in any primary. Generally he has finished each race with between 35%-38%. Now as the race is beginning to focus on two candidates, Trump and Cruz, those percentages will not carry him to victory in Cleveland.