Former Senior Aide Disavows GOP Frontrunner Trump

From:,  by Lachan Markey,  on Mar 24, 2016,  see the article HERE.

Angry Donald Trump

Former Pro-Trump Operative Disavows GOP Frontrunner

A former senior aide to a pro-Donald Trump Super PAC disavowed the Republican frontrunner in an exclusive interview on Wednesday, citing what she sees as his rambling, divisive style on the campaign trail.

“I think he has gone too far with the vitriolic statements and lacks substance when it comes to policy,” said Stephanie Cegielski, the former spokeswoman for the pro-Trump Make America Great Again PAC.

Cegielski said she initially saw Trump as a positive political force, but that his statements and policy positions, or lack thereof, convinced her that he is unfit to be commander in chief.

“I am glad he has brought more people to the political process but I question his ability to be the leader of this country,” she said.

A public relations consultant and New York University instructor, Cegielski was brought on in June as the now-defunct Super PAC’s communications director. She now regularly takes to her Twitter account to attack Trump as unpresidential, narcissistic, and boorish.

“Best quote I heard from a Trump comms staffer—‘I thought Common Core was a class at Equinox,’” she quipped in one recent tweet. In another, aimed at Trump’s Twitter account, she asked, “Could you please stop mentioning your Christianity, you are making the rest of us look bad.”

The tone is a reversal from Cegielski’s views just months ago, when she thought Trump was a breath of fresh air.

“When I was with the Super PAC I had hope that he would could [sic] bring a fresh perspective to the political process,” she said. “Instead, he has brought disruption and an overinflated ego.”

The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment on Cegielski’s remarks.

Make America Great Again PAC launched in June, helmed by Mike Ciletti, a Colorado Republican operative. The group received seed funding from longtime Trump associates and business partners, including $1 million from casino magnate and Trump Hotel Las Vegas investor Phil Ruffin and $100,000 from investor Andy Beal.

The Super PAC also got a $100,000 donation from Seryl Kushner, the wife of real estate investor and Democratic mega-donor Charles Kushner, who was sentenced to two years in prison in 2005 after pleading guilty to 18 federal criminal charges, including charges for illegal campaign contributions.

Then-U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, who has since endorsed Trump’s presidential bid, negotiated Kushner’s plea deal.

Make America Great Again PAC only operated for four months. During that period, it reported paying Cegielski’s communications firm $72,500. She was a consultant to the group, she explained, and operated as its chief spokesperson.

The group shut down in October, citing Trump’s disavowal of Super PACs supporting his campaign. At the time, it was also facing scrutiny over suspect collaboration with Trump’s campaign office.

Cegielski said she continued to support Trump after the group folded.

“I only started [opposing his candidacy] in the last few months, well after the Super PAC shutting down,” she said. “I still supported him for a time after the PAC but then came to my senses.”

Asked whether any of Trump’s specific statements or policy positions pushed her over the edge, Cegielski suggested that her concerns were more broad.

“As a communications person I am a strong advocate for sticking to your message,” she said. “The problem with his message is that it is all about his poll numbers, the losers of the world and his ability to do everything great.”

Cegielski’s distress at Trump’s seemingly inexorable political rise is evident. She has faulted Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, ineffectual anti-Trump political groups, and a Trump-obsessed news media for his continued political success.

As for who she supports now, Cegielski says the prospects are bleak. “Neither side has a candidate that I am comfortable supporting.”

“There isn’t even a lesser-of-the-two-evils candidate,” she said. “This election cycle is frightening.”


Ms. Markey wrote one statement that, to me, sums up the content of Trump’s speeches: “The problem with his message is that it is all about his poll numbers, the losers of the world and his ability to do everything great.” That’s the truth and how anyone can interpret that to include real concrete details (where there were none) is beyond me. His sycophantic followers mentally insert their own individual content into the empty rhetoric of his public statements, and by doing that, they give his speeches substance. 




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4 replies

  1. My sentiments exactly, I love that people are interested in politics again, and at first I thought Trump, being non political, might be what our country needed. The more I watched, the more I realized he is schoolyard bully, that cares more about polls than substance, and bullying women and the other candidates are high on his list of priorities, not coming up with Any Solutions to this countries problems. My problem is that I don’t care for any of the candidates??????


    • Thanks for visiting PT and for your comment, Sandy! I certainly agree with your assessment of Trump. The real question will come in November when we have the responsibility to choose our next president. Do you think that Hillary is what we need? Or Bernie? Your vote is entirely your choice and I have confidence that based on your enlightenment on Trump, that you’ll make an informed vote when the time comes.


  2. “I am glad he has brought more people to the political process but I question his ability to be the leader of this country,” she said.

    That is precisely what we all said from the very beginning. Having a couple of good ideas – build the wall and stop the refugees – doesn’t mean a person is qualified to make it happen. Many of us had the same thoughts, but it doesn’t mean we’re qualified either.

    His supporters have let go of that aspect of it and focused their attention on the mudslinging. Defending him on the he said, she said garbage has become more important than who can actually run the country.


    • Kathy, like you, I’ve read literally hundreds of comments on various sites wherein Trump supporters ascribe traits and attributes to Trump that don’t appear in any record. They just “know” that he is qualified to be president because they believe that he is smart, logical, a good decision-maker, and loves America – all aspects of his personality and temperament that are NOT in evidence – he’s said the words, and they believe him, so they’ll defend him from all enemies (us) using every rhetorical weapon at their disposal.

      Their eyes have been glazed over by the need to win – to beat the establishment – and take back America. It’s true that we ALL want those things, it’s just that they’ve chosen a Trumpian Horse as their champion. They mean to bring him inside the walls only to find that he tricked them and we’ll lose the country to King Donald and Queen Melania; liars, exaggerators, and deal-makers extraordinaire.


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