Trump Fires Campaign Manager Lewandowski

thuglifetrumpDonald Trump’s Presidential campaign announced a big move this morning. As Chris Cillizza explains for “The Fix”:

Donald Trump fired Corey Lewandowski on Monday in an attempt to reset a campaign that has been floundering badly in the seven weeks since he secured the Republican presidential nomination.

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.

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  1. Duke Cox says:

    Wow. That's a shocker to me…but it is ever so meaningful. Now we get to see how he holds on to the rabid right, now that he has slept with the Devil. 

    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. 

    The next 48 hr. news cycle could be very entertaining….

    • davebarnes says:

      Not "entertaining", but Yuuge.

    • BlueCat says:

      Nobody, including Trump, can change Trump. Once a Sociopathic narcissist …… 

      • Duke Cox says:

        The question, to me, is not the campaign itself. He has no choice there…he has to run a more traditional campaign to win. It is the new message he will inevitably have to develop…I'm guessing here…but, I think a bunch of people are about to get very pissed off…I sure hope so…

        • BlueCat says:

          That's just it. They can't change the message with a candidate who is incapable of staying on message. He is incapable of stopping to think before he opens his mouth and makes spur of the moment statements.

          He's already pissed off the NRA from both directions. First by seeming to support "no fly no buy" and then by voicing support for the one thing the NRA opposes, people drinking in bars carrying guns. Guess even the NRA  knoe knows that second amendment rights are no more absolute than other enumerated rights and there should be some regulation.

          His walk back, that he meant guards or law enforcement, is ridiculous since he's on video saying it's the "wonderful people" in that bar who should have had guns and, in another one of his mature phrasings, gone "boom". 

          So no matter what they decide the message should be Trump will keep on saying whatever pops into his head at the moment, especially as something that will entertain and win cheers from his adoring fans because that, to him, is what success is all about. 

          If he could change or had any desire to change we would be seeing some change. We're not. It's not even that he won't. It's that he can't.  

        • I'm with BC here. Trump can hire whoever he wants, promise whatever he wants, but in the end he's still Trump. The first time Clinton or Warren pokes him over one of his prior statements he'll respond as though nothing had ever changed. Zero filtering, 100% ego with that one.

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