Corey Lewandowski might not be a part of the Trump campaign anymore, but he is certainly still in the game.
The former Donald Trump campaign manager, who gained notoriety by pushing and bullying media personnel at campaign events, has begun his new career as an on-air analyst for CNN.
The network reportedly snapped up their latest hire three days after the presumptive Republican nominee showed Lewandowski the door. As the Politico reports, his salaried position makes him exclusive to the TV giant.
“I'm a guy who calls balls and strikes, I'm gonna tell it like it is,” said Lewandowski in his debut appearance on Erin Burnett’s “OutFront” Thursday. “I'll tell you exactly like it is, whether you like it or not.”
But Lewandowski won't be able to “tell it like it is” because, apart from being a Trump loyalist, he is also legally prohibited from criticizing the foul-mouthed business mogul — which must work splendidly for his new employer.
As The Daily Dot reported, all those associated with the Trump campaign signed a non-disparagement agreement barring them from talking about the work they did with the candidate and also forbidding them from disparaging the billionaire, his family or his businesses.
Such agreements, usually, do not self-terminate when a person exits the campaign — they extend into eternity.
In simpler words, CNN is paying Lewandowski to analyze the current presidential cycle well aware that he can't say anything negative (read: truthful) about the hate-mongering candidate who is one of the two people most likely to become the next commander-in-chief.
Cards well played, to say the least.
For those unaware, in March Lewandowski was charged with battery for manhandling former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields at a campaign event. He even harassed her over social media and denied grabbing her arm until the security footage showed him in the act. The charges against Lewandowski were eventually dropped.
As if that incident wasn’t enough to depict his hostility toward media personnel, BuzzFeed News reported that Lewandowski also allegedly pushed a CNN reporter around the same time.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to CNN hiring Lewandowski:
Just as Trump hasn't bought ads because news coverage does it for him, no need to pay communications staff because @CNN... does it for him.— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) June 23, 2016
Does CNN know no shame? For CNN, shame is a business model. Jeesh: Corey Lewandowski to join CNN https://t.co/7jInvBXPWr— Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) June 23, 2016