Corey Lewandowski: Paul Manafort "should be held accountable" if he "signed off" on Melania Trump speech

The former-Trump campaign manager's disdain for his replacement has evidently followed him to his new post at CNN


Brendan Gauthier
July 19, 2016 11:16PM (UTC)

Corey Lewandowski, GOP nominee Donald Trump's former-campaign manager who's since taken a job as a pundit for CNN, didn't leave at the door his disdain for campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Lewandowski and Manafort's history of bad blood dates back to May, when the latter was promoted to effectively replace the former — the hierarchical shakeup reflected in the floor number of their respective offices in Trump Tower.

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On Tuesday's "At This Hour," Lewandowski addressed allegations that Trump's wife, Melania, plagiarized parts of her speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday night from a speech given by now-First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

"I think it's shameful that Melania Trump, who is such a great person, who represents her husband and would represent this country amazingly as a first lady is under this controversy because the staff didn't do her well," Lewandowski said. "I can tell you when I was the campaign manager, the buck stopped with me, and I'm sitting here with CNN now."

"Whoever signed off, with the final signoff and allowed this to go forward, should be held accountable," he added. "I think if it was Paul Manafort, he'd do the right thing and resign."

The Trump campaign quickly shifted blame for the inflated faux-pas to the Clinton campaign, which they say originally brought awareness to the similarities between the two women's speeches.

"To think that she would do something like that knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd," Manafort told CNN's Chris Cuomo. "These were common words and values. She cares about her family ... To think that she'd be cribbing Michelle Obama's words is crazy."

Watch Lewandowski on Tuesday's "At This Hour" below, via MediaMatters:

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Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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