According to allegations reported in Politico, the wife of a Republican donor claimed that Lewandowski “repeatedly touched her, including her leg and buttocks, and spoke to her in sexually graphic terms” and “stalked” her throughout the night. Oh yeah, he also “allegedly commented on the size of his genitals, described his sexual performance, and showed Odom the key to his hotel room.”
The alleged incident cost Lewandowski his role at the helm of a Trump SuperPAC (he has been replaced by former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi), as well as his role. advising the Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, a potential presidential candidate in 2024. (She also left him days later a piece of success on the pro-Trump American Greatness website, citing anonymous “sources”, he claimed the two were having an affair, that she denies him.)
What is noteworthy, however, is no that someone closely affiliated with Trump would engage in alleged questionable behavior (see Jason Miller, Jerry Falwell, Jr., Matt Gaetz, et al.), but would actually have Consequences for his behavior. Like many in Trump’s orbit, Lewandowski has established a pattern of inappropriate and abusive behavior that has typically resulted in slaps on the wrist, followed by failure.
It has been a pattern for most of his life. In fact, Lewandowski’s political career looks more like a criminal record sheet than a standard political resume.
“In her apartment, the decor consisted of two lawn chairs and stacks of porn magazines.
In the late 1990s, he worked for Rep. Bob Ney, who went to jail after being involved in the Jack Abramoff affair. During that time, Lewandowski was arrested for bringing a loaded pistol (with his dirty clothes) to the Longworth House office building. But his dirty laundry, as you will see, involved more than a loaded gun.
He then went on to work as a campaign manager for Senator Bob Smith’s re-election in 2002 in New Hampshire. For the sake of full disclosure, during this time, he briefly became my wife’s boss (she was already working as a fundraising consultant for Smith and left shortly after Lewandowski was hired). Lewandowski, he tells me, insisted on being called “the hammer,” even though it was already a common nickname for Tom DeLay. He made no progress, though she remembers he was once inside her apartment, where the decor consisted of “two lawn chairs and stacks of pornographic magazines.” She left (the apartment and then the campaign) shortly after that.
After Smith lost his primaries, Lewandowski attended the New Hampshire Police Academy, before landing on the conservative organization Americans for Prosperity (AFP). During his tenure there, as Politico reported, “Lewandowski chided out loud [an] hired for defying her authority, stepping into her personal space and calling her ‘c —‘ in front of a group of AFP employees, including some senior officials, according to three sources who witnessed the exchange or dealt with its aftermath. “
Lewandowski’s big break finally came when he landed the job as Trump’s campaign manager in 2015. During his tenure as manager, Lewandowski allegedly dated Hope Hicks and was charged with battery after he grabbed my friend and former colleague, reporter Michelle Fields, while she was trying to ask Trump a question (Trump, of course, defended him, suggesting Fields “fixed up” all the thing).
Ultimately, however, Lewandowski was ousted as Trump’s campaign manager, replaced by Paul Manafort, and even reportedly escorted out of Trump Tower for security. Still, he immediately stood up, as a CNN contributor (he later resigned after reports surfaced that he signed a nondisclosure agreement that likely impeded his ability to provide any comments that were critical of Trump), and as a related with Trump. lobbyist.
In 2017, pro-Trump singer Joy Villa filed a police report saying Lewandowski sexually assaulted her at a party that took place at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC. Among other things, Villa claimed that Lewandowski “I hit my butt really hard, almost violent by nature.” (Lewandowski’s behavior did not stop Villa’s support for Trump. As recently as this year, Villa was She showed up at the Grammy Awards in a pro-Trump dress. Carry that, AOC!).
Regardless of their behavior pattern (which tends to involve, alcohol, power and sex), has always been welcomed at Trumpworld.
This raises the obvious question: Why is Lewandowski finally held accountable, now? The answer is also obvious. What Maggie Haberman explained at New York Times, “Mr. Trump’s advisers insist this latest incident is different, particularly because it involves a donor from the former president.”
Moral, ethical and legal flaws can be overlooked, but a lack of loyalty or deference to Donald will not. The unforgivable sin is doing anything Trump perceives as taking liberties with what is perceived as Trump’s dominance. So, let’s say, grab a journalist or refuse to pay child support It won’t banish him, but denying Trump’s “Big Lie” will. That’s why Trump’s donors exist in the no-scoring zone. Like never a conservative Trump Charlie Sykes put it, “You can grab asses and stroke the thighs, but the donor class won’t be disturbed. The MAGAverse has standards “.
In other words, do what you want with the rules: the reporters, the singers, the staff … civilians“But supposedly groping a donor’s wife is an unforgivable sin, along with admitting that Joe Biden won the election.”
It turns out that there really are two Americas. Some people are more important than others. And in Trump’s America, money still talks.