In the face of crashing poll numbers and a fundraising crisis, Donald Trump fired his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, Monday and reports are swirling that a family power struggle played a pivotal role in leading to the controversial and thuggish Lewandowski to receive the boot.
Various news sources, quoting sources within the campaign, are reporting that Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump’s daughter, gave her father an ultimatum to fire caustic Corey Lewandowski. Apparently, Ivanka Trump was especially unhappy with Lewandowski for his attempt to reduce the role of her husband, Jared Kushner, in the campaign.
CNN’s Dana Bash reported Monday that Ivanka was so adamant about wanting Lewandowski out that she gave her father an ultimatum, to either fire him or she would cease working on the campaign.
I'm told the person who convinced Trump to fire Corey is Ivanka – who met with her dad and said get rid of him or she can no longer help
— Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) June 20, 2016
The last straw for Ivanka was the belief that Lewandowski was planting negative stories to the media about her husband, according to a FOX News affiliate:
Playing a pivotal role in convincing Trump to take action against Lewandowski was the candidate’s daughter, Ivanka Trump. She had been critical of Lewandowski for months and this was not the first time that she had leaned on her father to part ways with his top aide.
Contributing to Ivanka Trump’s recent dissatisfaction with Lewandowski were intensifying tensions between Lewandowski and Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, an influential force behind the scenes.
One source said rumors swirled that Lewandowski had attempted to plant negative stories in the press about Kushner — a final straw for Ivanka Trump.
Ivanka Trump ultimately sat down with her father within the last 24 hours and convinced him to let Lewandowski go, according to a source close to the campaign.
The development suggests that Kushner — who is already involved in building a transition team for Trump should he win the White House in November — could play an increasingly prominent role in guiding the Trump campaign.
It remains to be seen whether firing Corey Lewandowski will help the struggling campaign, a campaign that constantly finds itself in turmoil over the latest word salad spewed by a candidate who talks before he thinks, and writes checks that his mouth can’t cash.