Lewandowski Exits With Controversy Looming
Cory Lewandowski’s exit is unlikely to have much of an effect on the renewed #NeverTrump push for a delegate insurrection, which Trump has referred to — occasionally in the same speech — as both an “illegal” move by political enemies and a “hoax” dreamed up by the media. It’s neither of those things. But how should we think of it?
It’s not completely insane, says Dave Weigel. “At first glance, the #FreeTheDelegates movement is the most ludicrous play yet, timed — with special self-defeating brilliance — right after Trump swept the last few hundred available delegates.
As my colleague Ed O’Keefe reports, the movement now counts ‘hundreds’ of delegates as allies — a number that sounds less impressive when you realize that it’s less than the 559 delegates elected for Cruz (R-Tex.).
“But the risk-reward ratio of a convention coup is better than the one that confronted#NeverTrump campaigners before this month. Seriously. The least democratic method of robbing a primary winner is, ironically, the one with the fewest immediate downsides.”
His three reasons why it might be just crazy enough to work, maybe: It’s exciting, and turns the establishment into the resistance; it would limit Trump’s ability to run as a spoiler; and a post-coup general election would be winnable…theoretically.
It’s destined to fail, says Chris Cillizza. “There were always pockets of resistance to the idea of Trump as the nominee. Just as there are now with the attempt to take the nomination from him.
Nonetheless the reality then is the same as the reality now: The Trump resistance simply isn’t as large or as organized as the Trump supporters.
Getting people to vote against Trump at the convention would be a whole heck of a lot easier if there were an alternative people could vote for. There isn’t.
All of the ‘Dump Trump’ movements have failed for a very simple reason: The rank-and-file Republican voters wanted (and want) him. That may confound some within the party and make others mad. But it’s the reality. And it’s time to acknowledge that Republican voters are the ones who get to decide the nominee. And they made their choice clear long ago.
Paul Manafort Will extend His Original Commitment with Trump Until late August
Paul Manafort was expected to leave this month according to his original commitment with Trump to help him through the primaries and the difficulties Trump had with Cruz stealing delegates. Paul told Trump today that he will stay on until late August or until Trump has his general election team firmly implanted to lead Trump to winning in November. Manafort has been a welcome addition to Trump’s campaign and we have no doubts that Trump will make another outstanding campaign move in hiring someone as brilliant as Manafort to take him down the home stretch.
There is no doubt that the stupid mainstream pundits will be spewing all kinds of wild allegations about why Lewandowski has left the campaign. If only these idiots actually knew what Trump and Lewandowski are up to. [stay tuned folks – you are going to be afforded a great surprise by an upcoming employment announcement from a major news source – LMAO] Nevertheless, although Manafort was slated to leave this month, his staying on a while longer will definitely help to quell any false rumors of what the mainstream morons would undoubtedly call a mass uprising in Trump’s campaign.
Senate Rejects Recent Gun Control Legislation
The gun debate on the Hill went nuclear, as post-Orlando gun control proposals ran into stiff headwinds on Capitol Hill: “The leader of last week’s 15-hour Senate filibuster to force action on guns said Monday that Democrats need to make gun control an ‘integral’ part of their national security policy as they try to build a political movement to rival the National Rifle Association.
The message, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said in an interview with Washington Post reporters, should be that Republicans are partially culpable for attacks such as the Orlando nightclub shooting. “We’ve got to make this clear, constant case that Republicans have decided to sell weapons to ISIS,” he said…”
Clinton’s campaign tweeted more than half a dozen messages backing Hill Democrats, and sent supporters a text message asking them to call Mitch McConnell’s office, with a number embedded in that message.
Amid lingering confusion over the Trump super PAC situation, the pro-Clinton Priorities USA just posted its best fundraising month, collecting more than $12 million.
The total haul so far, per officials: $88.7 million, with another $45 million in commitments. “The organized and well-funded push for Clinton contrasts sharply with the chaos that surrounds the groups supporting Trump,” reports Matea Gold.
“At least five super PACs are in the mix, creating confusion among donors unsure where to put their money.” There is little data available from most of the groups, but “one of the first groups on the scene, Great America PAC, has raised just $3.5 million since forming in February.
“The super PAC rolled out a new ad Monday spotlighting the massacre in Orlando and featuring a former Navy SEAL who touts Trump as ‘willing to make tough choices to protect America.’ The spot is part of a $700,000 TV campaign set to air nationally and in key states over the next several weeks.”
“I wanted Hicks to help me understand just how all this had come to pass, how a person who’d never worked in politics had nonetheless become the most improbably important operative in this election.
However she declined my request to talk. Instead, she arranged something more surreal: I could talk about her with Donald Trump, in front of her.” In other words: the woman who speaks for Donald Trump may well be the most un-Trumplike individual on staff.
This afternoon, as the campaign world was focused squarely on the drama inside Trump Tower, the RNC wanted to talk about Cleveland. Not the sort of Cleveland talk we reported earlier; their convention team had an update on the plans to prep The Q for the convention, now that the Cavaliers season has finally ended with a win.
The message told reporters to get ready for 125,000 balloons and 1,000 pounds of confetti to fall on the night the nominee is announced a month from now. And it included a link to an eight-year-old YouTube clip of a digital elephant jumping on a trampoline, because…do we really need a reason for that?