Former Trump Operative Bails: Regrets ‘Helping to Create This Monster’

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Donald Trump began his campaign as a “protest candidate” without any real intention of becoming president, a former Trump strategist alleges.

In a shocking column published Monday on the XOJane blog, Stephanie Cegielski, the former communications director for the pro- Trump “Make America Great Again” Super PAC, said, “I don’t think even Trump thought he would get this far. And I don’t even know that he wanted to, which is perhaps the scariest prospect of all.”

She claims that when she was hired, “the goal was to get The Donald to poll in double digits and come in second in delegate count.” Trump never intended to be the candidate, Cegieslki stressed. “But his pride is too out of control to stop him now.”

Eventually, Cegielski came to the conclusion that Trump “does not know policy, nor does he have the humility to admit what he does not know,” another frightening prospect.

Now she’s taking full responsibility for “helping create this monster” with an appeal to voters to reevaluate their choice:

Via XO Jane:

My support for Trump began probably like yours did. Similar to so many other Americans, I was tired of the rhetoric in Washington. Negativity and stubbornness were at an all-time high, and the presidential prospects didn’t look promising.

In 2015, I fell in love with the idea of the protest candidate who was not bought by corporations. A man who sat in a Manhattan high-rise he had built, making waves as a straight talker with a business background, full of successes and failures, who wanted America to return to greatness.

I was sold.

Last summer, I signed on as the Communications Director of the Make America Great Again Super PAC.

It was still early in the Trump campaign, and we hit the ground running. His biggest competitor had more than $100 million in a Super PAC. The Jeb Bush deep pockets looked to be the biggest obstacle we faced. We seemed to be up against a steep challenge, especially since a big part of the appeal of a Trump candidacy was not being influenced by PAC money.

After the first debate, I was more anxious than ever to support Trump. The exchange with Megyn Kelly was like manna from heaven for a communications director. She appeared like yet another reporter trying to kick out the guest who wasn’t invited to the party. At the time, I felt excited for the change to the debate he could bring. I began realizing the man really resonates with the masses and would bring people to the process who had never participated before.

That was inspiring to me.

It wasn’t long before every day I awoke to a buzzing phone and a shaking head because Trump had said something politically incorrect the night before. I have been around politics long enough to know that the other side will pounce on any and every opportunity to smear a candidate.

But something surprising and absolutely unexpected happened. Every other candidate misestimated the anger and outrage of the “silent majority” of Americans who are not a part of the liberal elite. So with each statement came a jump in the polls. Just when I thought we were finished, The Donald gained more popularity.

I don’t think even Trump thought he would get this far. And I don’t even know that he wanted to, which is perhaps the scariest prospect of all.

He certainly was never prepared or equipped to go all the way to the White House, but his ego has now taken over the driver’s seat, and nothing else matters. The Donald does not fail. The Donald does not have any weakness. The Donald is his own biggest enemy.

Cegielski goes on to slam Trump for not taking foreign policy seriously. Instead of taking the time to learn about the complexities of the issues, the GOP front-runner displays “ridiculous, cartoonish, almost childish arrogance” by saying “he alone” can solve the problems.

“Superhero powers where ‘I alone can solve’ problems are not real.” she said. “They do not exist for Batman, for Superman, for Wrestlemania and definitely not for Donald Trump.”

Cegielski argues that “the biggest gift” a Trump supporter can give the candidate is to “stop supporting him.”

He doesn’t want the White House. He just wants to be able to say that he could have run the White House. He’s achieved that already and then some. If there is any question, take it from someone who was recruited to help the candidate succeed, and initially very much wanted him to do so.

The hard truth is: Trump only cares about Trump.

And if you are one of the disaffected voters — one of the silent majority like me — who wanted a candidate who could be your voice, I want to speak directly to you as one of his biggest advocates and supporters.

He is not that voice. He is not your voice. He is only Trump’s voice.

Trump is about Trump. Not one of his many wives. Not one of his many “pieces of ass.” He is, at heart, a self-preservationist.

Cegielski concludes by saying that even though Trump claims to be the best at pretty much everything, there is only one thing he is actually the best at: “He is the best at looking out for Donald Trump — at all costs.”
The Trump campaign fired back with the following statement:
“She knows nothing about Mr. Trump or the campaign and her disingenuous and factually inaccurate statements in no way resemble any shred of truth,” a spokeswoman said. “This is yet another desperate person looking for their fifteen minutes.”

 

Trump Mocks Michelle Fields At Janesville Townhall, Taking Her Words Out of Context

It’s been said that fact-checking Donald Trump is a pointless exercise because 76% of what he says is pure B.S. and most of his followers don’t care, but I’m going to go ahead and make the effort here because this is more than the usual B.S., exaggerations, and braggadocio he’s known for. His lies have become increasingly blatant, nasty and desperate, and he needs to be called out for them.

Trump decided to mock former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields at a town hall in Wisconsin, Tuesday, in a manner that would make an “anti-social 16 year old who needs to be bailed out of jail every couple of weeks” proud.

The Donald was obviously peeved that his thuggish campaign manager Corey Lewindowski was charged with misdemeanor assault this morning, after thuggishly manhandling former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields earlier this month. Especially since his campaign denied it happened, and worked so hard to smear her as a delusional attention whore trying to sell a book..

The only thing a thuggish campaign like that can do when all of its lies have been exposed, is double down and lie some more — and that’s what they’ve been doing all day — in the most clownish and pathetic way imaginable. Seriously.

At the town hall in Wisconsin, Trump took out a piece of paper and read quotes from Fields’ March 10 Breitbart.com column in which she described in her own words what happened,  “before she knew she was on tape,” according to Trump. (Although it is Trump and Lewandowski who initially reacted as though they didn’t know they were on tape.)

“‘I was jolted backwards.'” Trump said dramatically. “Was she jolted backwards?” Trump asked his loyal supporters plaintively.

He continued mocking Fields, “someone grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me down.” (Brief pause here before the big finish): “Campaign managers aren’t supposed to forcefully throw reporters to the ground!”  He added innocently, “Except, she never went to the ground! She never even…flinched!” He then went on to say that based on her facial expression, obviously nothing happened.

Here are the same paragraphs from Michelle Fields’s actual statement at Breitbart:

Trump acknowledged the question, but before he could answer I was jolted backwards. Someone had grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me down. I almost fell to the ground, but was able to maintain my balance. Nonetheless, I was shaken. 

Notice the lie of omission?  Trump purposefully left out that last part of the paragraph because he wanted his audience to believe that she was claiming to have been thrown to the ground. A lot of Trumpers continue to spread that lie.

The Washington Post’s Ben Terris immediately remarked that it was Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who aggressively tried to pull me to the ground. I quickly turned around and saw Lewandowski and Trump exiting the building together. No apology. No explanation for why he did this.  

Even if Trump was done taking questions, Lewandowski would be out of line.

Trump reads this next portion as if Fields was describing what  happened to her — not describing a hypothetical:

Campaign managers aren’t supposed to try to forcefully throw reporters to the ground, no matter the circumstance.

Notice how he left two key words out? Listen to the tape. Trump said, “Campaign managers aren’t supposed to forcefully throw reporters to the ground!” As if that’s what she was claiming Lewandowski did.

Then he went after the strawman:  “Except, she never went to the ground! She never even…flinched!”

But according to eyewitness Ben Terris of the Washington Post, immediately afterward she said “I’m just a little spooked,” with a tear streaming down her face. “No one has grabbed me like that before.” There is audio that corroborates this.  And now of course the overhead surveillance video:

This is an open and shut case, prosecutors tell Politico:

The strength of the allegations against Corey Lewandowski revolve around multiple factors that most simple battery cases don’t have: video, audio and eye-witness evidence that indicates he grabbed reporter Michelle Fields by the arm and yanked her out of Trump’s way without her permission.

The wording of Florida statute, 784.03 (1) (a) (1), cited by the Jupiter police officer who charged Lewandowski on Tuesday, is also broad and clear when it comes to the charge: “The offense of battery occurs when a person… Actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other.”

For veteran defense attorney Elizabeth L. Parker, the letter of the law and the wealth of evidence against Lewandowski make this a tough case for him to defend if prosecutors decide to pursue it.

“You have the most corroborating evidence I’ve seen in a battery case in a long time,” said Parker, who supervised battery cases from 2003-2011 as a prosecutor in Palm Beach County, where the incident occurred.

“It’s not often you get a crime caught on tape. Most battery cases are he-said, she-said. And the police come and the police make a determination. And prosecutors look to see if there’s any corroborating evidence. Are there any injuries? Any independent witnesses? – things like that,” Parker said. “And here we have all of that…. Again, it’s very rare, and it’s a very prosecutable case.”

The whole thing could have been settled quickly and easily with an apology, but instead the campaign chose to smear Michelle Fields forcing her to press charges in order to clear her name. Sad!

SEE ALSO:

Ben Shapiro, the Daily Signal: 7 Important Lessons About The Trump Campaign From The Lewandowski Arrest

The Right Scoop: “At some point aren’t you just ASHAMED?” – Jake Tapper GRILLS Trump Spox over false smears

David French, NRO: When Liars Lie, the Honest Face Ridicule

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/433483/donald-trump-bill-clinton-hillary-clinton-post-truth-candidates-post-truth-age

Not a Candidate; A Warning

The following is a guest post from Mike Banzet, a retired major in the U.S. Air Force, and author of A Flower Shop in Baghdad:

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Donald Trump has been much in the news lately. Republicans seem to really hate him, Democrats really, really hate him, the media hates him, and apparently, everyone in the rest of the world hates him. He uses course language: “stupid” is the favorite descriptor for a wide range of dysfunctions, and his policy solutions are usually a three step process.

1. I’m Awesome.

2. I’ll find Awesome people.

3. There will be an Awesome result.

And yet Trump is well ahead of the field, blowing through super Tuesday like a hairy tumbleweed. Of the other top Republican contenders one is an accomplished lawyer who has won the right kinds of cases, including at the Supreme court; articulate, smart, patriotic, but unfortunately, looks a bit like “Count Chocula”, and people seem to think that’s “creepy”. The other believes that the reason this country exits is to provide a place for refugees to come to and thinks he is running for President of Cuba.

Then there is John Kaisich, who apparently is there to get snacks for the candidates. In a just world, Ted Cruz would be measuring the drapes in the White House. But he’s not.

Why?

Donald Trump is no great conservative champion: he has proven through the years to take whatever positions are most advantageous to him at the time. To be fair, that was his only responsibility; growing his business, making more money and employing thousands of people while getting fabulously wealthy himself. In order to do that he has paid for many politicians, including the Clintons. He overpaid.

But so what? What have the great conservative champions done for the party of the right? The recently passed omnibus bill has pulled back the curtain on the inner workings of the exclusive Washington club.

Where the little folks who elected this bunch of integrity traders are a distant, if considered, thought.

The omnibus was a complete invalidation of the reasons that conservatives were elected in the first place. So all of grade A, super conservative, by-the-book, National-Review-Approved-Conservatives accomplished no more than if all conservatives had voted for liberals.

I don’t even need to know a thing that was in the bill. If the opposition gushes that it was a complete victory and they got more than they expected, that’s good enough for me to condemn Republicans.

Whether by cowardice, incompetence or corruption, the Republican party is ineffective. In spite the inherent disadvantages of being the party of grownups, America sent alleged conservatives to state and federal positions in historic numbers in recent elections. And have produced nothing of note, except smug Democrats. If the other team is doing celebrations, you are in the wrong end-zone.

And what does that have to do with Trump? Everything. As mentioned above, he doesn’t have much on the way of provable bona-fides for the conservative club. He seems like a blue collar guy who just happens to have tons of money, fame and lots of hair products. He doesn’t have a lot of specifics on his positions, and isn’t super articulate in the ones he does have. Ironically, he’s really not a good candidate for either the Republicans OR the Democrats. So what is he?

A warning.

Donald Trump is a step in the continuum that, if not interrupted, ultimately results in the exercise of the Second Amendment. When the First Amendment loses its voice, the Second clears it’s throat. For so many in this country, the government has become unresponsive to them; growing ever more oppressive and aloof. The voting booth is where those issues are supposed to be rectified, but what happens when, through the proper exercise of voting; the government still tacks ever more leftward? The people haven’t; the government has. A large swath of the electorate feels alienated and oppressed by elected officials who refuse to live under the laws they pass.

The Founders had a remedy for that. After penning the rulebook for how the U.S Government is supposed to work, they realized that they should probably write down the rights of the people, just in case anyone got confused about who was supposed to serve who. And to serve as a restraint on an overreaching government, they put a couple of steps in the part of the rulebook that talks about people’s, individual (not collective, or as agents of a state) rights.

The first safeguard was speech. Through speech, and lots of it, there would be redress for an ever expanding government and any muffling of speech that was noxious to the ruling class. Like, “Don’t Tread on Me”. Now, the muffling is accomplished through safe spaces, trigger warnings, and the ever tiresome “-phobic, or -ist” slurs. And the shrinking violets we’ve elected allow themselves to be bullied into compliance with outrageous initiatives. Common sense, fiscal restraint and the will of the people evaporate as representatives that were elected based on one set of values suddenly see that looking the other way on illegal immigration or continuing racial and sexual discrimination results in them being able to command a slightly higher price for their integrity as they sell it off, slice by slice.

And then comes Trump.

Whatever the man’s failings, giving a hoot about what people think is not one of them. His narcissism is second only to the current White House Occupant. But it also makes him resistant to being swayed by negative comments, and the constant bullying of the left. If anything, he seems to thrive on negative energy. Not by rethinking positions, but by taking his ball and going home or doubling down. Don’t think he can build a wall? Well, he will, AND he will make Mexico pay for it. Mexico says no? It just got ten feet taller. An incredibly vain person has their strengths, and if their issue lines up with yours, you have a huge ally.

So, I don’t care about Trump’s conservative pedigree. We elected a whole raft of conservatives to the Senate and the House who’ve been waiting for something, I guess. If he just controls immigration, strengthens the military, and puts some discipline into government spending, that would be a HUGE win. The shrieking, mewling, crass bleats of the left will mean nothing to him, and may embolden him to greater issues. He can be a loud, obnoxious spine for the conservative cause.

The fact that he’s a candidate at all is an indicator of the times, the growing restlessness of a population that is frustrated that no one is listening. And every time someone criticizes Trump for the things he says, they are merely reinforcing the fact that the normal methods are becoming less and less effective.

In other words, Mitt should shut his pie hole. It’s ludicrous to have to defend thinking that illegal immigration is bad. That the Iraq War was a huge victory until the Democrats forfeited the sacrifices of their betters in order to skulk away from our young allies. That a country should be able to pay its bills.

Even if that means that trans-gendered tree frog mating habits in Zimbabwe must go un-studied.

The only thing that will hurt Donald Trump is if he starts backtracking on his signature issues. If he starts smelling like another politician, then he’s toast, and people will start applying the same rules to him as they do to others. Right now, he gets a pass. A scent of betrayal and he won’t.

He’s not the best candidate, but he’ll do. At least he’ll be crazy on our behalf.