The Trump campaign is in chaos: Campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has been fired; Republican ‘Dump Trump’ campaigns gather momentum; and donations roll in for a possible legal challenge to his nomination. If Donald can’t run his own campaign, how can we trust him to run the country?
This morning, we note the following stories that paint a picture of increasing disarray in Donald’s campaign:
- Donald gathered his top people in New York to figure out how to hit the reset button. Staffers and donors had complained to the media about the campaign’s seeming inertia at filling needed staff positions in the communications department.
- Yes, controversial campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was fired. It is being reported that the Trump children insisted on firing Lewandowski.
- The firing perhaps also had something to do with a Buzzfeed story with new allegations of Lewandowski’s pushing a reporter and making unwanted advances to female reporters.
- Free The Delegates, the group that’s trying to organize a takedown of Trump’s nomination at the Republican convention, announced plans to raise money for staff and a possible legal defense fund. They also claim that several hundred delegates are part of the movement.
- Pollsters are reportedly testing Clinton vs. Paul Ryan and John Kasich.
- Some surprising early polling shows the solid-red states of Utah, Arizona, Kansas and Georgia in play. And this has got GOP leaders panicking.
It’s not unusual for a struggling campaign to make radical changes as a way to send a reassuring message to supporters and donors — and, of course, to the media. But Donald’s problem is that he assumes he always knows best, and refuses to place his trust in the people who work for him. (Which is to say nothing of his decision-making regarding the people he hires in the first place.) It appears he pays more attention to the things his children say.
Donald is, after all, a politically-inexperienced businessman. He is not a practiced or successful politician. He’s never even run a national campaign, no less held office. Yet he’s campaigning for what is arguably the most important job in the world.
If the way he’s (mis)managing his campaign is illustrative of how he’d run the country, it hardly suggests leadership to which we can entrust the stewardship of the nation.