One thing I (Michele Hickford) have personally learned in the world of politics: losing your job is not necessarily the worst thing that can happen. What’s that saying? When one door closes, another one slams in your face? Maybe I’ve got that wrong…
In any event, just days ago embattled Donald Trump campaign chief Corey Lewandowski was graciously answering questions about how he got the boot from Trump HQ. He said he wanted to do whatever he could to help his former boss get elected.
Is this going to help? You be the judge.
POLITCO reports, Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is joining CNN as a political commentator, according to a source familiar with the arrangement.
It’s a salaried position and will make Lewandowski exclusive to CNN, effective immediately.
The hiring comes just three days after Trump fired Lewandowski, ending the tenure of the fiery operative who faced a steady string of controversies while guiding Trump’s skeleton campaign operation to a shocking victory in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. That same afternoon, his first in-studio interview was with CNN’s Dana Bash (an NBC News reporter caught up with him outside of Lewandowski’s apartment as he headed down to the studio).
Following his interview with Bash on Monday, Lewandowski went straight from the set and into a meeting with CNN executives according to a separate source who witnessed Lewandowski enter the meeting.
Some CNN staffers were privately grumbling on Thursday about Lewandowski’s hiring, especially in light of how he has treated journalists. Lewandowski personally placed a POLITICO reporter on the campaign’s “blacklist.”
And of course there was that “dust up” with Michelle Fields which prosecutors ultimately declined to pursue.
Lewandowski himself has had his own run-ins with CNN reporters. In November, Lewandowski warned CNN’s Trump embed Noah Gray to “get back in the pen or he’s f—— blacklisted,” according to a recording of the incident. In another incident, Lewandowski reportedly physically pushed Gray away from Trump.
Once again the lines between journalism, politics and reality television get more and more blurry. Always good to have more non-lefty voices on the airwaves though. Mazel tov, Mr. Lewandowski.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]