Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign announced a big move this morning. As Chris Cillizza explains for “The Fix”:
The official statement on Lewandowski was epically Trump. “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,” spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the New York Times’s Maggie Haberman.
The goal of the move was clear: To end a long-running power struggle between Lewandowski, a Trump loyalist through and through, and Paul Manafort, a professional political hand brought in by Trump mid-campaign to serve as convention director.
As Cillizza notes, picking Manafort and dumping Lewandowski is meant to be a sign to establishment Republicans that Trump understands he needs to change his campaign operation for a General Election. But will it work? Cillizza is rightfully skeptical:
The only way Trump’s campaign changes in any meaningful way then is if Trump himself changes. He’s rhetorically flicked at the idea of becoming “more presidential” and insisted that if he is elected president he will act with much more gravitas.
In other words, if you were hoping for meaningful change in the Trump campaign…you should probably stop holding your breath.