— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 20, 2016
CNN — Donald Trump shook up his presidential campaign Monday with an announcement that his controversial campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is out.
“The Donald J. Trump Campaign for President, which has set a historic record in the Republican Primary having received almost 14 million votes, has today announced that Corey Lewandowski will no longer be working with the campaign,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement Monday. “The campaign is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication and we wish him the best in the future.”
Lewandowki’s abrupt departure is the campaign’s most significant staff change to date, and signals an acknowledgment from Trump and his inner circle that big change is necessary ahead of the general election. Trump has suffered major setbacks since becoming his party’s presumptive nominee last month.
Hit him with his own phrase, guys! Hit him!
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) June 20, 2016
We don’t know whether the famous catchphrase “you’re fired” was used, but Trump parted ways w/ his campaign manager:https://t.co/MuBg011Fqu
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) June 20, 2016
You’re fired! Trump dumps campaign manager Corey Lewandowski https://t.co/IozkdKFQXN
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) June 20, 2016
Interesting move from Donald. He’s run a campaign under the pretense that everything is going absolutely perfectly. When he says something stupid or overly offensive? Just doubles down, acts shocked that people are upset, pitches that it’s all part of the plan. Says that offensiveness is a great guy, a good friend of his. He never shows weakness or signs of imperfection.
In March, Lewandowski tussled with busty reporter Michelle Fields…
… so the police threatened charges and a billion female journalists petitioned for Corey’s firing. But Donald grabbed the towel and his twitter account and stood tall in Corey’s corner.
Wow, Corey Lewandowski, my campaign manager and a very decent man, was just charged with assaulting a reporter. Look at tapes-nothing there!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2016
So the abrupt canning of Lewandowski today is pretty surprising. Why was he fired?
Wrong. Wrong answer. Here is why you were fired:
Lewandowski tried to play hard ball. He tried to play the game and survive any way that he possibly could: