Donald Trump has stood by his controversial, thuggish campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, through battery charges and accusations of manhandling protesters and reporters. His allegiance to Lewandowski led many to proclaim that the man who became a household name via the words “You’re fired” on NBC’s “The Apprentice” either could not fire anyone or was in support of the thuggishness with which his campaign has become known.
On Monday morning, however, that allegiance apparently came to an end with the Trump campaign making an official announcement that Corey Lewandowski was no longer with the Donald J. Trump presidential campaign.
The New York Times reported this shocking revelation via a statement from Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks.
“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 have been rumors that many within the Trump campaign were not happy with Lewandowski’s behavior or reputation, despite Trump’s seeming allegiance to Lewandowski, who even went so far as to praise him as doing a great job in front of reporters after Lewandowski was charged with misdemeanor battery for grabbing reporter Michelle Fields.
Lewandowski reportedly tried to block numerous hires by Paul Manafort, who was brought into the campaign in March as Trump’s campaign strategist. Just last month, Lewandowski and Hicks reportedly got into a screaming match on the streets of Manhattan. Witnesses say the argument was campaign-related with Hicks yelling “I’m done with you!” to Lewandowski. The argument is believed to have centered around Manafort’s increasing role within the campaign, which Lewandowski did not like, and Lewandowski’s role moving forward, a role he had seen diminishing.
As of this writing, Donald Trump has not addressed this huge shakeup on his favorite avenue to voice his opinion, Twitter. The Times also says the Trump campaign has declined further comment.
Perhaps the best response to this news came from Michelle Fields, the former Breitbart reporter and former FOX News contributor who was grabbed by Lewandowski so hard that he left bruises on her arm. She subsequently filed charges, which were later controversially dropped by authorities after an investigation, after the Trump campaign not only refused to apologize but also launched a character assassination against her.
Fields, who left her position at Breitbart after they failed to stand behind her, with many doing Trump’s dirty work in attacking her character, is now with the Huffington Post covering Trump’s campaign. When she heard that Lewandowski had been fired, she tweeted a very righteous message.
— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) June 20, 2016