Corey Lewandowski appears to be leaping from one controversy to another.
The Michelle Fields battery charges have been dismissed but that case is still rumbling on where Fields is accusing Donald Trump and Lewandowski of being liars and defamers. So the last thing Lewandowski needed was another controversy, but that is exactly what has happened.
Appearing on Fox News Sunday in a segment titled “Can the Trump campaign move past distractions?” He was asked to comment on the Michelle Fields case but pivoted to the Republican nomination process where he criticized the method of electing convention delegates.
He started by accusing Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia of being overtly biased against Trump.
“The chairman of the party of Florida, who is an avid and outward supporter of Marco Rubio, gets to appoint 30 of those delegates,” Lewandowski said. “Now, I understand those are the rules but Donald Trump won. … And now, you’ve got a person who is supporting Marco Rubio who gets to appoint 30 of the 99 delegates.”
The problem for Lewandowski was that he was just wrong! Not just once, but 3 times.
- Blaise Ingoglia remained neutral before and after the state’s March 15 GOP primary
- The chairman doesn’t “appoint” any delegates
- The chairman is in charge of recommending 15 — not “30 of the 99” — delegates to the state executive committee.
Lewandowski stated Trump won the Florida primary “by 23 points over all of his competitors.” but again that was incorrect. Trump’s margin over second-place Rubio was actually just 19 points.
Corey Lewandowski is, right now, a marked man for the liberal media. While many don’t take Michelle Fields’s accusations too seriously they are looking for ways to bring him down and bad performances in major interviews don’t help.
Following the interview, Wadi Gaitan, the state GOP spokesman, issued a written statement.
“We have no idea what Mr. Lewandowski is talking about,”
“The State Party and our Chairman have been consistently clear that we have and will continue to remain neutral during this process. It is unfortunate that Mr. Lewandowski went on national TV and misled viewers with inaccurate statements both on process and substance.”
A report on Politico quoted a Republican inside the campaign as saying,
“Corey goes on national TV to talk about how he didn’t really commit battery on a woman — a terrible topic for the campaign to have out there — and then he makes it even worse by getting his facts wrong and pissing off the chairman in Florida when he didn’t need to,”
The source went on to say that some in Trump’s orbit were also miffed that Lewandowski predicted that “by the end of this month and the next two weeks, Donald Trump will add an additional 200 delegates to his total.”
“That’s a number we hope for,” the source said. “We’re trying to set expectations at 180, and he just blew through that — a complete amateur.”
The Trump campaign has had a difficult couple of weeks and error strewn interviews with bogus facts are not going to help. That coupled with the Michelle Fields controversy that just won’t go away makes for a difficult time as they head towards a likely contested convention.
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