Saturday, August 20, 2016

Not a Campaign Shakeup but a Staff Expansion

It may look like a campaign shakeup and sound like a campaign shakeup but Trump world continues to pretend it's not a campaign shakeup.

"Campaigns never, ever like to admit they are making a change as a result of problems within their operation. It shows weakness, they theorize, and weakness is bad when you are trying to get someone elected president of the United States."

"Which brings me to this week and the insistence by everyone affiliated with Donald Trump's presidential campaign that the addition of Breitbart News boss Stephen Bannon and the elevation of pollster Kellyanne Conway to the two top jobs within the organization was DEFINITELY not a shake-up."

"Conway said Wednesday that calling it a shake-up was a misnomer. Rather, she said, this was an effort to "expand the senior team that allows us to meet the needs," adding: "I think Paul Manafort as chairman and Rick Gates as deputy have done a phenomenal job building our campaign over last five or six months to put it in a competitive place going into the fall. So I look forward to continuing to work with both of them."

"Or not."

"Manafort resigned as campaign chairman and de facto senior strategist for the Trump campaign on Friday morning. Said Trump: “This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign. I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process. Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.”

"The reason Manafort resigned, of course, is because bringing in Conway and Bannon was a major — wait for it — shake-up of the senior leadership team within the campaign. And, it was done not because the campaign is moving into a new phase — it moved into that "new" phase on May 3 when Trump effectively secured the Republican nomination — but because the campaign is badly flagging in the polls and some sort of change was necessary."

"Manafort was that sacrifice. In the same way that Corey Lewandowski, Trump's campaign manager up until Manafort replaced him in early April, was sacrificed. The campaign wasn't going the way Trump thought it should or could be so he brought in fresh blood."

Of course, while Trump didn't like Manafort and wanted to get rid of him, the news with Manafort and lobbying for Russia in Washington just kept getting worse and worse.

HT: Tom Brown for RedState link.

Of course, the story keeps getting better. Josh Marshall talks about how with Trump no one can leave without being humiliated. And here it goes. After claiming that it was amicable, Trump later made it clear that Manafort didn't resign, he was fired.

"No one gets out w dignity intact > Trump Campaign Manager On Manafort: "He Was Asked" To Resign"

Asked to resign=fired.

"Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said former campaign chair Paul Manafort was asked to resign on Friday."

"She noted that the decision was mutual, but said the last couple weeks on the Trump campaign had been tumultuous."

“He was asked and he indeed tendered his resignation today,” said Conway on WABC radio’s Drive at Five, being hosted by Rita Cosby. “Mr. Trump accepted his resignation and wished him well and thanked him for his service. I think it’s as simple as that.”

“The last couple weeks have been very rough at the campaign, and Donald Trump was to perhaps — the speeches, focusing on substance, getting into the last 11, 12 weeks, Rita, of a fought-out campaign — and he has every privilege of surrounding himself with the team that he wants,” she continued."

"Earlier this week, the Trump campaign hired Breitbart News executive Stephen K. Bannon as his campaign’s CEO and promoted pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager. The move was an apparent demotion for Manafort before he resigned on Friday."

"Still, Conway said the decision for Manafort to resign was “mutual.”

“I think it was a mutual decision, to be frank with you,” Conway said. “In the conversations in which I participated, it was a mutual and a mutually respectful decision.”

"The new campaign manager said it was “unlikely” there would be a new campaign chair. She said they would be adding more staff as the they got closer to the election."

If he was asked to resign, in other words fired, how is it mutual?

But then there are Manafort's Ukraine ties-to the former pro Russian President. Those just keep getting worse.

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