Politics

Trump Manager Allegedly Ousted At Ivanka's Request

| by Michael Doherty
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Corey Lewandowski, the Donald Trump campaign manager accused of grabbing a journalist, has been fired, and a campaign insider said the candidate's daughter Ivanka had a role in his termination.

Ivanka was reportedly unhappy with news of the alleged incident. Lewandowski also reportedly got into a public screaming match with campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks, which the New York Post says also distressed the presumptive Republican nominee's daughter.

"Ivanka was threatening to distance herself from the campaign if Donald didn’t get rid of him," the campaign source told the New York Post. "Ivanka has been trying to get rid of Corey for months."

Lewandowski was accused of grabbing former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields at a campaign rally in March while she was trying to ask the candidate a question. Fields said Lewandowski's grip was so tight it left a bruise, according to MSNBC.

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Lewandowski responded to Fields' claim by tweeting that she was "delusional," and that he had never touched her or even met her. Donald Trump also defended Lewandowski, saying at the time that he would not fire him.

Lewandowski was arrested for battery after video was released showing him grabbing Fields' arm, but the charges were dropped after prosecutors determined the evidence was not strong enough to criminally prosecute the campaign manager.

After the incident, Fields resigned from Breitbart, telling BuzzFeed she did not think that the news organization had adequately stood by her.

An aide for the Trump campaign said that the public fight with Hicks was "the beginning of the end" for Lewandowski.

"The last three weeks, [Lewandowski] was walking around the campaign with a baseball bat. Giving orders, pointing with it. Tapping people with it," said the aide. "Guy's f------ nuts."

"Corey was down to just the interns and the airplane," the aide added.

The nominee told Fox News that Lewandowski was a good man, but that the campaign was going in a different direction.

"We ran a small, beautiful, well-unified campaign. It worked very well in the primaries," he said. "But we’re going to go a little bit of a different route from this point forward."

After news of Lewandowski's termination broke, Fields took to Twitter to get the last laugh.

"Hey @CLewandowski_," Fields tweeted on June 20, "I hear @BreitbartNews is hiring."

Source: New York Post, MSNBC, BuzzFeed / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

 

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