Based on allegations reported in Politico, the spouse of a Republican donor claimed that Lewandowski “repeatedly touched her, together with on her leg and buttocks, and spoke to her in sexually graphic phrases” and “stalked” her all through the night. Oh yeah, he additionally “allegedly remarked on the dimensions of his genitalia, described his sexual efficiency and confirmed Odom his lodge room key.”
The alleged incident price Lewandowski his position operating a Trump SuperPAC (he has been changed by former Florida lawyer common Pam Bondi), in addition to his position advising South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a possible 2024 presidential candidate. (She additionally dropped him days after a hit piece within the pro-Trump web site American Greatness, citing unnamed “sources,” claimed the 2 have been having an affair, which she’s denied.)
What’s noteworthy, although, is not that somebody intently affiliated with Trump would have interaction in questionable alleged habits (see Jason Miller, Jerry Falwell, Jr., Matt Gaetz, et al.), however that there would really be penalties for his habits. Like so many in Trump’s orbit, Lewandowski has established a sample of inappropriate and abusive habits that has typically resulted in slaps on the wrist, adopted by his failing ahead.
It has been a sample for many of his life. Certainly, Lewandowski’s political profession reads extra like a rap sheet than a typical political resume.
“In his condo, the decor consisted of two garden chairs, and stacks of porn magazines.
Within the late ‘90s, he labored for Rep. Bob Ney, who went to jail after turning into embroiled within the Jack Abramoff affair. Throughout that point, Lewandowski was arrested for bringing a loaded handgun (along with his laundry) into the Longworth Home Workplace Constructing. However his soiled laundry, as you will notice, concerned greater than only a loaded gun.
Subsequent, he went to work as marketing campaign supervisor for Sen. Bob Smith’s 2002 re-election bid in New Hampshire. Within the curiosity of full disclosure, throughout this time, he briefly grew to become my spouse’s boss (she was already working as a fundraising guide for Smith, and left quickly after Lewandowski was employed). Lewandowski, she tells me, insisted on being known as “the hammer,” even supposing this was already a typical nickname for Tom DeLay. He didn’t make any advances, although she remembers as soon as being inside his condo, the place the decor consisted of “two garden chairs, and stacks of porn magazines.” She left (the condo after which the marketing campaign) quickly after that.
After Smith misplaced his main, Lewandowski attended the New Hampshire police academy, earlier than touchdown on the conservative group Individuals for Prosperity (AFP). Throughout his tenure there, as Politico reported, “Lewandowski loudly berated [an] worker for difficult his authority, getting in her private area and calling her a ‘c—’ in entrance of a gaggle of AFP workers, together with some senior officers, in line with three sources who both witnessed the trade or handled its aftermath.”
Lewandowski’s large break lastly got here when he landed the job as Trump’s marketing campaign supervisor in 2015. Throughout his tenure as supervisor, Lewandowski allegedly dated Hope Hicks and was famously charged with battery after he grabbed my pal and former colleague, reporter Michelle Fields, whereas she tried to ask Trump a query (Trump, after all, defended him, suggesting Fields “made up” the entire thing).
Finally, although, Lewandowski was pushed out as Trump’s marketing campaign supervisor, changed by Paul Manafort, and even, reportedly, escorted out of Trump Tower by safety. Nonetheless, he instantly landed on his toes, as a CNN contributor (he later resigned after experiences surfaced that he signed a non-disclosure settlement that probably impeded his skill to supply any commentary that was essential of Trump), and as a Trump-connected lobbyist.
In 2017, pro-Trump singer Pleasure Villa filed a police report saying Lewandowski sexually assaulted her at a celebration happening on the Trump Worldwide Resort in Washington, DC. Amongst different issues, Villa alleged that Lewandowski “smacked my ass actually onerous, nearly violent in nature.” (Lewandowski’s habits didn’t damper Villa’s help for Trump. As not too long ago as this yr, Villa was showed at the Grammy Awards wearing a pro-Trump dress. Take that, AOC!).
No matter his sample of habits (which tends to contain, alcohol, energy, and intercourse), he has all the time been welcomed again in Trumpworld.
This raises the plain query: Why is Lewandowski lastly being held accountable, now? The reply can be apparent. As Maggie Haberman explained within the New York Occasions, “Aides to Mr. Trump insist this newest incident is completely different, significantly as a result of it entails a donor to the previous president.”
Ethical, moral, and authorized failings could be neglected, however a scarcity of loyalty or deference to The Donald is not going to. The unpardonable sin is doing something that Trump perceives as taking liberties with no matter is perceived to be Trump’s area. That’s why, say, grabbing a reporter or refusing to pay child support received’t get you banished, however denying Trump’s “Huge Lie” will. That’s why Trump donors exist within the do-not-grope zone. As By no means Trump conservative Charlie Sykes put it, “asses could also be grabbed and thighs fondled, however the donor class shall not be molested. The MAGAverse has requirements.”
In different phrases, do what you need to the normies—the reporters, the singers, the staffer… the civilians—however allegedly groping a donor’s spouse is an unpardonable sin, proper up there with admitting Joe Biden received the election.
It seems, there actually are two Americas. Some individuals are extra necessary than others. And in Trump’s America, cash nonetheless talks.