Breaking: Trump’s Former Strategist Says Trump Doesn’t Want to be President

From XOJane.com:

Even Trump’s most trusted advisors didn’t expect him to fare this well. The following was written by former Trump strategist, Stephanie Cegielski and published at the above site. My apologies for the length of this piece, but the lady has a lot to say. (bold mine)

Stephanie Cegielski

Almost a year ago, recruited for my public relations and public policy expertise, I sat in Trump Tower being told that the goal was to get The Donald to poll in double digits and come in second in delegate count. That was it.

The Trump camp would have been satisfied to see him polling at 12% and taking second place to a candidate who might hold 50%. His candidacy was a protest candidacy.

It pains me to say, but he is the presidential equivalent of Sanjaya on American IdolPresident Trump would be President Sanjaya in terms of legitimacy and authority.

And I am now taking full responsibility for helping create this monster — and reaching out directly to those voters who, like me, wanted Trump to be the real deal.

My support for Trump began probably like yours did. Similar to so many other Americans, I was tired of the rhetoric in Washington. Negativity and stubbornness were at an all-time high, and the presidential prospects didn’t look promising.

In 2015, I fell in love with the idea of the protest candidate who was not bought by corporations. A man who sat in a Manhattan high-rise he had built, making waves as a straight talker with a business background, full of successes and failures, who wanted America to return to greatness.

I was sold.

Last summer, I signed on as the Communications Director of the Make America Great Again Super PAC.

It was still early in the Trump campaign, and we hit the ground running. His biggest competitor had more than $100 million in a Super PAC. The Jeb Bush deep pockets looked to be the biggest obstacle we faced. We seemed to be up against a steep challenge, especially since a big part of the appeal of a Trump candidacy was not being influenced by PAC money.

After the first debate, I was more anxious than ever to support Trump. The exchange with Megyn Kelly was like manna from heaven for a communications director. She appeared like yet another reporter trying to kick out the guest who wasn’t invited to the party. At the time, I felt excited for the change to the debate he could bring. I began realizing the man really resonates with the masses and would bring people to the process who had never participated before.

That was inspiring to me.

It wasn’t long before every day I awoke to a buzzing phone and a shaking head because Trump had said something politically incorrect the night before. I have been around politics long enough to know that the other side will pounce on any and every opportunity to smear a candidate.

But something surprising and absolutely unexpected happened. Every other candidate misestimated the anger and outrage of the “silent majority” of Americans who are not a part of the liberal elite. So with each statement came a jump in the polls. Just when I thought we were finished, The Donald gained more popularity.

I don’t think even Trump thought he would get this far. And I don’t even know that he wanted to, which is perhaps the scariest prospect of all.

He certainly was never prepared or equipped to go all the way to the White House, but his ego has now taken over the driver’s seat, and nothing else matters. The Donald does not fail. The Donald does not have any weakness. The Donald is his own biggest enemy.

A devastating terrorist attack in Pakistan targeting Christians occurred on Easter Sunday, and Trump’s response was to tweet, “Another radical Islamic attack, this time in Pakistan, targeting Christian women & children. At least 67 dead, 400 injured. I alone can solve.”

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Ignoring the fact that at the time Trump tweeted this (time-stamped 4:37 p.m.) the latest news reports had already placed the number differently at 70 dead, 300 injured, take a moment to appreciate the ridiculous, cartoonish, almost childish arrogance of saying that he alone can solve. Does Trump think that he is making a cameo on Wrestlemania (yes, one of his actual credits)?

This is not how foreign policy works. For anyone. Ever.

Superhero powers where “I alone can solve” problems are not real. They do not exist for Batman, for Superman, for Wrestlemania and definitely not for Donald Trump.

What was once Trump’s desire to rank second place to send a message to America and to increase his power as a businessman has nightmarishly morphed into a charade that is poised to do irreparable damage to this country if we do not stop this campaign in its tracks.

I’ll say it again: Trump never intended to be the candidate. But his pride is too out of control to stop him now.

You can give Trump the biggest gift possible if you are a Trump supporter: stop supporting him.

He doesn’t want the White House. He just wants to be able to say that he could have run the White House. He’s achieved that already and then some. If there is any question, take it from someone who was recruited to help the candidate succeed, and initially very much wanted him to do so.

The hard truth is: Trump only cares about Trump.

And if you are one of the disaffected voters — one of the silent majority like me — who wanted a candidate who could be your voice, I want to speak directly to you as one of his biggest advocates and supporters.

He is not that voice. He is not your voice. He is only Trump’s voice.

Trump is about Trump. Not one of his many wives. Not one of his many “pieces of ass.” He is, at heart, a self-preservationist.

There’s more and you can read it here.

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Wow. Just wow. No wonder he never studied up on foreign policy – he had no intention of actually dealing with it.

There are sure going to a lot of ticked off Trumpbots out there once this hits the social waves.

~Kathy



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10 replies

  1. Isn’t this amazing?!!! And no one would have known. Wonder what he’ll do now when it becomes evident he won’t win. Cause I do believe that’s going to happen, either during the primaries or in Cleveland.

    Think anyone will confront him with this story? nah…

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    • Yes’m, it’s pretty amazing and evidently Trump thinks he’s still on a reality show playing a game. Who spends their time and money playing a game this big and what a slap in the face to Americans really wanting an improvement in their government.

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  2. >>”I fell in love with the idea of the protest candidate”

    Well we’ve been scratching our heads trying to understand the Trump phenomenon and there it is, straight from the horse’s mouth. I think that sentence describes the motive of the vast majority of Trump voters, sadly. Trump is the consequence of both the Left and the establishment RINOs, but that doesn’t make him the right answer to our problems. Electing someone to be POTUS as way of protest is about as dumb as it gets.

    >>”Every other candidate misestimated the anger and outrage of the “silent majority” of Americans who are not a part of the liberal elite.”

    In the first place I don’t think it’s true that Ted Cruz underestimated the anger that’s out there and I get tired of this excuse from the Trumpbots. But secondly, if the anger at the liberal elite is so powerful and strong why get behind a candidate who is, in many ways, a liberal himself? I guess that’s what happens when you trade substitute protesting for thinking.

    I’ll give her kudos for bravery, because Trump and his supporters will undoubtedly be vicious in their response to this but I think it may be too late. I also think that Trump may have initially said he just wanted second place because he didn’t expect to win and this was a way of preserving his ego in that event but I certainly think he wants and expects to win now.

    Thanks for sharing this one, Kathy.

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  3. I read this earlier, and it has the ring of truth. It would have had more beneficial effect had she come out 6 weeks ago, not only for Cruz, but Rubio, Carson, & even Jeb!

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    • That’s true, Curtis, but I don’t think she said it to benefit other candidates – I think she got fed up with the farce. Evidently she was okay with the campaign until he tweeted the ‘I alone can solve’ garbage, and that’s when she blew the whistle.

      Trump’s response to attacks is filing law suits, so she can probably expect one pretty soon.

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  4. For those Trumpbots who might try to demean this piece by noting that its source is XOJane.com, please be aware that http://www.msn.com is reporting the same story.

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    • The Trumpbots put down their Trump-aid long enough to blame the post on super PACs. They can’t accept the truth that a former employee got tired of the game he’s playing. How embarrassing for them to learn their beloved blonde god didn’t really want the job in the first place.

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      • I think that Ms. Cegielski’s premise is not only plausible, but considering the evidence, likely.

        Becoming president wouldn’t just interfere with Trump’s normal lifestyle, it would prevent it entirely. I don’t think he wants that. I believe that Ms. Cegielski’s opinion that what Trump really wanted was to be able to say that he could have been president, if he wanted. Just consider what that would do for his business, the “Trump” name would probably double in value (or more) and he could sell naming rights all over the world without actually running any businesses. What a sweet scheme.

        I know, considering his immense ego, that he would have a tough time “throwing” the run for president, but the best thing that could happen to him would be that he runs, and LOSES.

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