If you’ve been waiting for Donald Trump’s campaign advisers to begin viciously turning against each other as the Trump-Russia scandal threatens to take them all down, that moment has officially arrived. One senior Trump campaign adviser is now calling for others to die in prison if they’re indeed guilty of what it looks like they’re guilty of. In response, one of those advisers has responded in frustration by using an ethnic slur.
Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski gave a speech in which he said “I think if anybody, and I’ve said this, if Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, or Rick Gates or Carter Page, or anybody else attempted to influence the outcome of the U.S. election through any means that’s inappropriate — through collusion, coordination, or cooperation — I hope they go to jail for the rest of their lives” (link). Considering that some of those people have already been all but proven to have coordinated with Russia, Lewandowski is indeed calling for them to die in prison. One of them didn’t take too kindly to it.
Roger Stone responded by tweeting “Hey Corey – Paul Manafort stopped the GOP establishment from stealing the nod from Donald Trump despite your bungling” (link). He then added the hashtag “#butthurtPolack” which is an ethnic slur directed at Lewandowski’s Polish heritage. Stone has regularly behaved in unhinged fashion on Twitter, and it’s not the first time he’s attacked a fellow Trump campaign adviser. But Stone’s agitation suggests that he may be indeed worried about the consequences of his communications with Russian government hacker Guccifer 2.0 during the election.
The timing of Corey Lewandowski’s statement is notable. It comes just two days after it was revealed that Paul Manafort was under secret FISA surveillance during and after the election. Trump fired Lewandowski during the campaign and replaced him with Manafort. Stone is aligned with Manafort. That gives Lewandowski personal motivation for wanting revenge. But one Trump campaign adviser calling for others to die in prison is a sign that everyone involved is feeling the heat.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report