A shake up is happening on the Donald Trump campaign as Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager since he entered the race in June of last year, has been let go.
In a statement released by spokeswoman Hope Hicks, the campaign said, “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.” Adding, “the campaign is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication and we wish him the best in the future.”
The change comes as Trump has seen his poll numbers plummet over the last six weeks. His fundraising has been non-existent over the same time period, forcing him to raise money and campaign in Texas and Georgia, states unlikely to be competitive in his race against Hillary Clinton.
Meanwhile, Clinton has launched a multi-million dollar ad campaign in eight battleground states with zero, yes zero, competing ads from the Trump campaign.
Lewandowski has been a controversial figure from the beginning. The most notable controversy occurring earlier this year when he was involved in an incident with Michelle Fields, a reporter for Brietbart at the time, when he pulled her away from Trump as she was asking him a question.
He was initially indicted for battery but the state of Florida ultimately decided not to prosecute the case.
Reports have also leaked out detailing the tension between Lewandowski and campaign chair Paul Manafort and their efforts to undermine each other.
So needless to say, a shake up like this was long overdue.
At the end of the day, however, Donald Trump is the only man in charge of his campaign. People were initially impressed when he brought in campaign veterans like Paul Manafort, thinking he was turning into more of a general election candidate. Obviously things did not change much after that and given his track record, I find it hard to believe Trump will change much now.
Even if he does, one has to wonder, even at this early stage in the general election, if it is already too late.