Donald Trump’s campaign took a nosedive into the scandalous and controversial last week, with some critics calling it his worst week yet.
In response, an internal memo circulated within the campaign, and reported on by the Washington Post, gives a glimpse into how the campaign is fighting the reaction by the mainstream media who called the week “THE WORST WEEK EVER.”
Written by campaign senior advisor Barry Bennett and entitled “Digging through the Bull [expletive],” the memo attacks the mainstream media for its coverage of Trump and declared the Trump campaign the winning side of the argument.
“America is sick of them. Their idiotic attacks just remind voters why they hate the Washington Establishment,” Bennett wrote.
“Donald Trump 1,” Bennett declared, “Washington Establishment/Media 0.”
Bennett points out that Trump is still leading the Reuter’s Tracking Poll, despite mounting criticism.
In one week Trump faced heavy criticism over head campaign manager Corey Lewandowski who was charged with battery of ex-Breitbart journalist Michelle Fields, controversial statements about abortion during a Republican town hall, and struggling poll numbers in the next primary state, Wisconsin.
The memo was addressed to “Corey and Team.”
While Donald Trump and Trump surrogates have repeatedly defended Lewandowski’s continuing role in the campaign, there are signs that his role is in flux.
According to Politico, the campaign manager’s authority was in question even before he was charged with battery, and recently, he’s ceded at least some control over the campaign:
In early March, Lewandowski ceded authority over many hiring decisions to a lower-ranking staffer. In recent days, the campaign’s press office has been overruling his decisions about issuing credentials for campaign events. Going forward, Trump’s just-named convention manager, Paul Manafort, is expected to take a leading role not just in the selection of delegates, but also in the remaining primaries themselves, according to three people on or close to the campaign.
The Trump campaign, outwardly, seems as powerful as ever, commanding a lead in delegates, and is the only campaign with a reasonable chance to reach the necessary 1,237 delegates before the convention in July.
However, scandal and misstep has once again led the media to declare that Trump’s campaign is on the brink of collapse. Trump’s campaign is fighting off this characterization of the campaign, and looking to upset Cruz in Wisconsin and then win big in New York on April 19.