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The Lid: No Sign of What's Next After Trump Dumps Campaign Manager

The Lewandowski soap opera came to an end today with his dismissal from Team Trump.
Image: FILE: Trump Parts Ways With Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski Donald Trump Holds Press Conference To Announce Ben Carson Endorsement
It was reported that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is parting ways with his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski June 20, 2016 PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 11: Corey Lewandowski campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks with the media before former presidential candidate Ben Carson gives his endorsement to Mr. Trump at the Mar-A-Lago Club on March 11, 2016 in Palm Beach, Florida. Presidential candidates continue to campaign before Florida's March 15th primary day. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Joe Raedle / Getty Images

Donald Trump ousted campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Monday in a move that has all the awkwardness of a breakup...That is, if the person dumped was carefully watched by security as they gathered their things and then went on TV to defend themselves as an efficient and effective significant other.

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For months, Donald Trump stood by embattled campaign manager Corey Lewandowski through unforced missteps, infighting and even assault allegations. But the soap opera came to an end today with Lewandowski’s dismissal from Team Trump. Big, painful shakeups aren't unheard of -- think of John McCain in 2008, John Kerry in 2004, and Bob Dole in 1996, for example. Even Hillary Clinton went through her own painful staff shuffle in 2008. And for a campaign that has undoubtedly squandered a five-week advantage over Hillary Clinton in clinching the nomination, it’s clear that a major move needed to be made. But, as in so many other things with the Trump campaign, it’s not the WHAT of the headlines as much as the HOW that has bewildered political observers. The announcement came smack dab on a Monday morning with no offsetting new strategy or real positive spin, allowing the campaign to wallow even longer than it had to in yet another news cycle about a campaign in disarray. Lewandowski spoke publicly and at length about the breakup (first to NBC News, courtesy of NBC’s Ali Vitali), sounding *so* positive about the Trump campaign that the famously bare-knuckled operative seemed downright naive about its obvious problems. Even if Lewandowski’s ouster makes nervous Republicans feel a smidge better, the way it was handled probably gave them heartburn anyway. One other observation that can’t be ignored: Sure, campaign shakeups happen. But if you notice from our list above… they happen a lot more with losing campaigns than with winning ones.



“In hindsight, that was too exuberant a reaction to this personnel move.”

-- Trump aide Michael Caputo statement announcing he will resign after tweeting “the witch is dead” following Lewandowski’s firing.


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