Before embattled Steve Bannon and indicted Paul Manafort, Trump’s first campaign chairman was Corey Lewandowski, who was ultimately fired for, among other things, physically assaulting a female FOX News journalist.
According to a scorching new book on the Trump debacle Fire and Fury by well-known journalist and author Michael Wolff, 44-year-old Lewandowski was having an on-and-off extra-marital affair with Donald Trump’s right-hand woman, then-28-year-old Hope Hicks.
Apparently, Trump himself had some colorful words to describe the liaison.
— Hercules Mulligan (@johnvmoore) January 3, 2018
Today, MSNBC’s Chris Jansing read an excerpt of the book to Politico‘s Josh Dawsey:
Hicks sat in Trump Tower with Trump and his sons, worried about Lewandowski’s treatment in the press and wondering aloud how she might help him. Trump, who otherwise seemed to treat Hicks in a protective and even paternal way, looked up and said, ‘Why? You’ve already done enough for him. you’re the best piece of tail he’ll ever have’ sending Hicks running from the room
According to Fire and Fury, “[Hope] Hicks was in fact thought of as Trump’s real daughter, while Ivanka was thought of as his real wife.”
One can only deduce Trump felt a protective jealousy over Hicks’ and Lewandowski’s affair. That does not excuse his characteristic degradation of women, including those closest to him.
The revelation comes as just one of many scandalous exposes the book has catapulted into the public consciousness today.
When MSNBC journalist Katy Tur’s book Unbelievable came out, she mentioned that a higher-up married Trump official had essentially propositioned her on more than one occasion. Many speculated she meant Lewandowski.
As if Lewandowski’s alleged adultery were not bad enough on its face, his wife of 13 years, Allison, is the widow of Lewandowski’s best friend who died in the hijacked United 175 flight that crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11.
The more details leak on the putrid characters that infest Trump’s inner circle, the more we see a reflection of the President himself.
The President in turn reflects on the state of our own democracy, which has run off the rails.
We must reclaim it this year and cement it, so the generations that follow never have to face such rankly unfit “leadership” again.