Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has served as an adviser for the Republican presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. He has also successfully lobbied on behalf of foreign dictators, such as Philippine’s Ferdinand Marcos and Congo’s Mobutu Sese Seko.
However, of all the people he has ever worked for, it is his current boss that appears to be making him "suicidal," according to one of Manafort’s close allies. The friend even claimed the team leader is no longer fighting the GOP nominee on how to run the race and has completely given up.
longtime ally of Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign manager: "Manafort not challenging Trump anymore. Mailing it in. Staff suicidal."— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) August 3, 2016
Is the Trump train going off the rails? Apparently, yes.
Several media reports indicate that the campaign staff is growing increasingly frustrated with the business mogul and his uncanny ability to say terrible things at the most awful times. While working for the Trump camp does not sound like a fun experience to begin with, it is reportedly the ongoing feud between the former reality TV star and the Gold Star parents of late Capt. Humayun Khan that has strained everyone’s nerves.
Coupled with the loud-mouthed billionaire’s refusal to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan and the recent decline in poll numbers, it is just chaos. At this, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is outraged, and reportedly told Manafort that he felt "extreme displeasure" about the candidate not endorsing Ryan or Sen. John McCain.
A Trump campaign source, in reax to this, tells me "it's all true" and "way worse than people realize." https://t.co/nvioNcjMCJ— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) August 3, 2016
“The problem is that Trump watches TV every minute that he isn’t actually on his phone, either talking or tweeting. And then he gets angry at what he sees on TV and reacts,” said one adviser, according to The Huffington Post.
“But I don’t think Manafort will quit,” the adviser added. “He’s come too far for too long in this business to stop now, no matter how frustrating. There is nothing Paul can do.”
Moreover, Hewlett Packard executive and prominent Republican fundraiser, Meg Whitman, also announced Tuesday that she would support Hillary Clinton, calling Trump a threat to American democracy.
“I will vote for Hillary, I will talk to my Republican friends about helping her, and I will donate to her campaign and try to raise money for her,” she said.
While more and more influential voices from the Republican Party are turning to Clinton, several of Trump's top advisers are suggesting an intervention for damage control. Finding a possible replacement for Trump is even being discussed, but is unlikely. According to NBC, Trump is well aware of the party's dissatisfaction with his behavior, but has shown no signs of giving up.
Commenting on Trump’s statements about the family of fallen Muslim soldier, Reince Priebus told CNN, “I think this family should be off limits.”
A source tells @DanaBashCNN that some Trump campaign staff are frustrated w/ candidate lately, "feel like they are wasting their time"— Dianne Gallagher (@DianneG) August 3, 2016
Meanwhile, Manafort has denied the allegations about the campaign falling apart at the seams.