Donald Trump is the perfect example of democracy gone wrong. The businessman-turned-presidential candidate has earned his place as the front runner in the republican race for nomination by capitalizing on earned media garnered by his politically incorrect rants. But it appears that his ambitions were not always aligned with his current stature.
In a startling revelation, Stephanie Cegielski, former communications director for the 'Make America Great Again' SuperPAC, has revealed in an open letter that the republican front runner had no real intentions of running for the presidency and was himself surprised at his success.
Stephanie Cegielski, former communications director for the 'Make America Great Again' SuperPAC, revealed in a column for XO Jane, that Trump had no real intentions of running for President.
In the column titled An Open Letter To Trump Voters from His Top Strategist-Turned-Defector, Cegielski alleges that Trump's bid for candidacy was meant to be a 'protest' against the political establishment but quickly became a matter of 'self pride'.
"The Trump camp would have been satisfied to see him polling at 12 percent and taking second place to a candidate who might hold 50 percent. His candidacy was a protest candidacy," said Cegielski in the letter.
She revealed that even Trump's most trusted advisors did not expect him to reach this far and said that that "the goal was to get The Donald to poll in double digits and come in second in delegate count." Currently, Trump has a healthy lead in the race to secure the republican nomination. He has secured 739 delegates and leads Ted Cruz (465 delegates), ahead of the Wisconsin and New York voting, and looks the most likely to secure the 1237 delegates needed for nomination.
"My support for Trump began probably like yours did. Similar to so many other Americans, I was tired of the rhetoric in Washington. In 2015, I fell in love with the idea of the protest candidate who was not bought by corporations. I was sold," Cegielski said. But the former strategist quickly realised the grave consequences of his vitriolic and provocative comments, and was outraged on Trump's views on how to handle terrorism.
Finally, a tweet by Trump following the recent bombing in Pakistan, that said that 'only he can solve' the problems of radical Islam, forced Cegielski to take action.
Another radical Islamic attack, this time in Pakistan, targeting Christian women & children. At least 67 dead,400 injured. I alone can solve
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2016
Cegielski, who is currently an adjunct professor at NYU, urged Trump supporters to do the right thing and "stop the campaign in its tracks". She said that "what were once bold — although controversial — statements now seemed to be attempts to please the crowds, not direction to lead this country to a better place", and then went on to question Trump's ability to be a President.
"It pains me to say, but he is the presidential equivalent of Sanjaya on American Idol. President Trump would be President Sanjaya in terms of legitimacy and authority. And I am now taking full responsibility for helping create this monster," Cegielski said.
Sanjaya is a popular contestant and a finalist on the sixth season of the hit music show American Idol. He gained popularity after he controversially advanced in the show with public votes, despite being poorly received by the show's judges, The Trump campaign were quick to respond and issued the following public statement:
“This person was never employed by the Trump campaign. Evidently she worked for a Super PAC which Mr Trump disavowed and requested the closure of via the FEC. She knows nothing about Mr. Trump or the campaign and her disingenuous and factually inaccurate statements in no way resemble any shred of truth. This is yet another desperate person looking for their fifteen minutes. Meanwhile, Mr. Trump is running for President because he is the only one who will Make America Great Again.”
First Published On : Mar 29, 2016 16:03 IST