Mercurial candidate fires mercurial campaign manager
We don’t know whether Donald Trump’s dismissal of campaign manager Corey Lewandowski followed the script of his old reality TV show The Apprentice. We don’t know whether Trump uttered the show’s famous punchline: “You’re fired!” But we do know Lewandowski was escorted out of the building after he was fired and that Lewandowski said he didn’t know why he was being let go.
The firing shows that Trump really isn’t that different from other politicians. When the going gets tough — and Trump’s lackluster fundraising, his absence from the airwaves, and his tone-deaf comments about a federal judge and Muslims suggest things are very tough — Trump fires his campaign manager instead of giving himself a kick in the pants.
Lewandowski fits the mold of the Trump campaign: brash, controversial, and totally committed. He was a true believer in a job that in most campaigns is filled with a cool, dispassionate tactician. He made headlines in March when he was arrested on misdemeanor battery charges involving former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields. The charges were later dropped, but the incident thrust Lewandowski into the public eye.
As the Trump campaign has sputtered recently, there were reports Lewandowski didn’t get along with Trump’s children, that he drove campaign staffers too hard, and that he was neglecting to build out the candidate’s fundraising and campaign apparatus. Michael Caputo, a Trump campaign advisor, was not a fan. “Ding dong, the witch is dead,” he tweeted after Lewandowski’s dismissal. Caputo was quickly gone himself.
The Boston Globe played Lewandowski’s firing at the top of page one, all but suggesting that Trump’s campaign and the candidate are about to move in a new direction. But if Lewandowski’s mantra was “let Trump be Trump,” what are we going to get now?
Utah Republican Chairman James Evans said letting Trump be Trump isn’t working and it’s time to move in a new direction. “The other direction means a more professional, disciplined campaign,” he said. “This decision is the right kind of pivot Trump needs for the general election.”
It almost sounds like Republican activists want Trump to turn into boring Jeb Bush.
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