Corey Lewandowski Slams Paul Manafort Over Melania Trump Plagiarism
Corey Lewandowski is angry that Paul Manafort, the man, who replaced him as Donald Trump’s campaign manager, was not fired after the Melania Trump/Michelle Obama plagiarism drama.
A very frustrated Corey Lewandowski, who is a commentator for CNN, sat down with John Berman where he slammed Paul Manafort, the new campaign manager for Donald Trump.
Last month, after being arrested and charged with assaulting a female reporter, Lewandowski, who launched Trump’s political career, was fired by the Trump children. Lewandowski went straight from Trump’s office to CNN despite still being on the campaign’s payroll.
He was quickly replaced by Manafort, who was an adviser to the presidential campaigns of Republicans, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, George W. Bush, and John McCain.
Today, Lewandowski told his colleague that his replacement should be fired because of the Melania Trump/Michelle Obama plagiarism scandal. Instead of firing the speech writers, who caused the drama or apologizing, Mr. Manafort blamed Hillary Clinton for the fact that Mrs. Trump lifted several passages from Mrs. Obama’s 2008 speech.
Lewandowski said Manafort mishandled the matter and added:
“Someone at the senior levels of this campaign has reviewed what Melania Trump was going to say and signed off on that. Now whether they’re held responsible, because the buck stops at the top, or the person who actually put those words to paper is held responsible, I think it’s shameful that Melania Trump, who is such a great person, who represents her husband and would represent this country amazingly as a first lady is under this controversy because the staff didn’t do her well.”
Lewandowski said that it was up to Manafort to oversee the writing process. He claimed:
“What I’m saying is, if what is being reported is accurate — that 23 of the 26 words in two paragraphs were exactly the same as Michelle Obama — the staff should have seen that.”
Lewandowski, who sounded like a bitter former employee, added:
“Well I can tell you when I was the campaign manager, the buck stopped with me, and I’m sitting here with CNN now. So the buck stops somewhere at the top. And what I think is, at the end of the day, when you’re the convention manager, you’re in charge of the convention. And so there is no detail too small, particularly when you are looking at and scrutinizing the GOP nominee’s wife to give the largest speech in front of 35 million people, there is no detail that you should overlook.”
He concluded by:
“I think someone at the staff level does. And I think Paul is at the top of that and he should find out who is ultimately responsible for putting that information in and allowing that to go forward and hold that person accountable.”
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