Stephanie Cegielski, who used to work for a short-lived Trump Super PAC, has stopped supporting Trump, and explained her decision in an essay on XOJane that has gone viral. And she said that his campaign never had the goal of actually getting the GOP nomination.
“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,” she wrote. “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.”
She said that at first, she liked the idea of Trump not being “bought by corporations,” and bought into the concept of a protest candidate because she was fed up with the current political system. After being turned down for the job of Trump’s communications director, she accepted a job as a communications director with the Make America Great Again Super PAC. She said that at first, incidents like the spat with Megyn Kelly were “like manna from heaven for a communications director,” but his comments got worse and worse.
Now, Cegielski says that his comments have gone too far, and even still, he keeps getting more popular. She says she’s now fed up, because he’s acting more like a reality star than a real leader. “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,” she wrote. “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.”