A former Trump strategist penned a scathing open letter blasting the GOP front-runner, while addressing the hotel magnate’s supporters, too.
“I don’t think even Trump thought he would get this far,” Stephanie Cegielski wrote in a post which was published on XOJane. “And I don’t even know that he wanted to, which is perhaps the scariest prospect of all.”
‘Trump never intended to be the candidate, but his pride is too out of control to stop him now,” she writes.
“In fact, many people are not aware of the Trump campaign’s internal slogan, but I will tell you. It is stolen from a make-believe television presidency on The West Wing where Martin Sheen portrayed President Bartlet,” the post continues. “The slogan on the show amongst the idealistic group of Bartlet’s staff was “Let Bartlet Be Bartlet.”
“Inside the Trump camp, the slogan became “Let Trump Be Trump,” she adds.
“He doesn’t want the White House. He just wants to be able to say that he could have run the White House. He’s achieved that already and then some. If there is any question, take it from someone who was recruited to help the candidate succeed, and initially very much wanted him to do so,” Cegielski wrote of Trump.
“He certainly was never prepared or equipped to go all the way to the White House, but his ego has now taken over the driver’s seat, and nothing else matters,” added Cegielski, whose “Make America Great Again” PAC was shuttered in October, according to the Daily News.
Cegielski went on to criticize Trump’s foreign policy.
He had an opportunity after the terror attacks in Belgium and instead he used the opportunity to talk about closing the borders and what a mess that country had become. I was appalled that he offered no condolences or words of support; he merely gave his “build a wall” stump speech and talked about his greatness.
She then addressed Trump’s supporters and expressed sympathy. She faulted herself for aiding in Trump’s rise.
“Trump made me believe. Until I woke up,” she writes.
And he has no problem abusing your support the same way he cheated hard-working men and women out of millions of dollars, for which he is now being sued.
After some time, she says he began to “hear and evaluate him more critically and skeptically as a member of the voting public rather than a communications person charged with protecting his positions.”
That’s when she said she “no longer felt that he was the leader the country was looking for.” She remarked on Trump’s plan to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it.
She continued to say that Trump is just trying to please the crowds. She calls out his “arrogance” and adds that he has tapped into “the unprecedented, unbelievable anger.”
In the blistering column, Cegielski states that Trump “would stab any one of his supporters in the back if it earned him a cent more in his pocket.”
Unfortunately, the more vitriolic Trump has become, the more the people responded to him. That drove him to push the boundaries further and further.
She called out his “incompetence and deniability,” which she said is noted when he blamed tweets containing an error on an intern, or the photo containing a World War II Nazi Germany background, which again, he blamed on an intern.
He refused to take responsibility for his actions while frequently demanding apologies from others.
“No matter how many times he repeats it, Trump would not be the “best” at being a president, being in shape, fighting terrorism, selling steaks, and whatever other “best” claim he has made in the last 15 minutes,” the column continues.
The post concludes, “He would be the best at something, though. He is the best at looking out for Donald Trump — at all costs.”
“Don’t let our country pay that price.”
Trump supporters are from the inside looking out, however, Ms.Cegielski has been given the opportunity to see both sides, and one of them with open eyes.