Politico Buries Lede in Trump “Hunger Games” Story
Late last night Politico released a story about the cutthroat factionalization going on within Trump’s campaign leadership, likened to the “Hunger Games”.
According to interviews with more than a dozen people on or close to the campaign, staffers are increasingly dividing themselves into competing factions aligned with Trump’s three top officials – embattled campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who still commands deep loyalty among many of the people he hired; deputy campaign manager Michael Glassner, who has a growing group of supporters; and newly hired strategist Paul Manafort, who was elevated this week and is building his own fiefdom.
This sounds bad for the campaign, but the story includes worse news for Trump fans…much worse.
In California, Trump’s aides are still looking for a campaign manager, and in New Jersey, the second-highest ranking staffer left this week. The states hold potentially determinative primary elections on June 7, the last day of voting.
In Indiana, where early voting began this week ahead of a May 3 primary that’s also a big prize, volunteers are complaining about the weak organization. “There’s no ground game in Indiana,” said a person involved in coordinating campaign volunteers. “I’ve got state team leaders in Indiana who’ve been furious for months … they’ve had no campaign material, no ground game, no nothing and they’re going into these states 15, 20 days before the primary and it’s just too late.”
Keep in mind these people are attempting to go head-to-head with a Cruz campaign that is breaking new ground in the post Citizen’s United world as they pretend not to be coordinating efforts with no fewer than SIX SuperPACs.
We have been saying it for 8 months now, but this time Donald Trump really is in trouble.