The war within the Donald Trump campaign has a victor. This morning, as first reported by the New York Times, Trump fired Corey Lewandowski, his rogue campaign manager best known for igniting a days-long controversy earlier this year after allegedly physically assaulting then-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields.
Trump’s decision to axe Lewandowski is effectively a concession to the Republican establishment that Trump had so effectively and happily usurped during the primary season. But with Trump’s poll numbers hitting a dangerously low ebb, the coup openly planned by the GOP’s assigned chaperones appears to have been successful.
Lewandowski’s enemies within the campaign aren’t trying to hide their satisfaction either. Tweeted Trump advisor Michael Caputo:
In a statement, Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks told the Times:
“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,” the campaign spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said in a statement. “The campaign is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication and we wish him the best in the future.”
Quite... professional of them, isn’t it?
Update (11 a.m.) The Times’ Maggie Haberman has updated her story to report that Lewandowski’s firing came without warning to the rest of the campaign:
No one inside the campaign was given any advance warning about the dismissal of Mr. Lewandowski, who was on the campaign’s daily 8:30 a.m. conference call on Monday, according to a person briefed on the developments.
Update (5:25 p.m.) Michael Caputo, the Trump campaign advisor who celebrated Lewandowski’s firing on Twitter, resigned this afternoon, according to CNN, though as “director of caucus operations at the 2016 Republican Convention” it’s fair to wonder what purpose Caputo had left to serve.