On Thursday night, Donald Trump gave arguably one of the best speeches of his campaign. The speech left some arguing that this was the pivot many Republicans had been hoping for, a more mature, focused Trump communicating his stance on the issues.
Friday morning, however, the country woke up to the news that Trump’s campaign chair Paul Manafort, who was replaced as campaign manager just two days before, resigned. Many speculated that the decision was due to the questionable involvement by Manafort with Russia and Ukraine-linked politicians and political endeavors. According to sources close to the former Trump campaign chair, Manafort wanted out because Trump would not listen to him, refusing to heed his advice or direction.
According to a source close to Manafort who was granted anonymity to speak frankly about his resignation, tensions surfaced after “Trump stopped listening to him and Manafort refused to just go along for the ride.”
The source said the former campaign chairman was “saying things Trump didn’t want to hear,” such as advising him to “stop attacking Gold Star families” and “stop making veiled Second Amendment references.”
As of this writing, there is nothing from Trump on his favorite social media avenue, Twitter, regarding Manafort’s resignation.