The plot thickens. When Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday he denounced Richard Cordray, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for running for governor in Ohio (nothing official) while holding a federal job. He demanded that Cordray be fired, not considered a terribly antisocial act in Washington these days.
Program host Chuck Todd asked his guest, “Do you have any business interests here? Do you have a client that wants to see this happen?”
Lewandowski, a man with a troubled political career who was fired by Trump, lied and denied any personal stake in the Ohio race.
At that point Politico reporter Eliana Johnson alertly cleared the record by noting that Lewandowski had been touted as a special guest at a fundraiser for Ohio Republican gubernatorial candidate and Trump surrogate Rep. Jim Renacci on Thursday.
Indeed, Renacci had even set up an appearance for Lewandowski as a speaker at the Cleveland City Club forum on Thursday, the very day that he would be the “special” Renacci fundraising guest (follow the money!). That led to a lot of explaining by City Club CEO Dan Moulthrop that the venerable club invites all stripes to share the club podium. But the protests rolled in. As you knew they would.
Actually, I think there is an upside to the exposure of Lewandowski-Renacci-Trump memorabilia. It might inform the summer sojourners of the web being woven in Ohio by the Team Trump forces, from the new GOP Chairman Jane Timken who refers to Trump as a “great president” to the new cast of characters down the line in Trump Ohio.
Lewandowski, who speaks as a robot on steroids with rigid facial expressions, defends the president to this day as simply “Trump being Trump”. Cool.
But shouldn’t we ask why the apologists won’t let Trump be Putin?