Corey Lewandowski said many of Trump’s allies and advisers just pretended to support him.
Trump’s former campaign manager said they wanted Trump to show up so they could write all about him.
Lewandowski also wrote a book on Trump and served as a television political commentator.
Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign manager, accused current Trump advisers and allies of seeking to take advantage of the former president.
“I think a lot of people saw the dollar signs with their relationship with Donald Trump,” Lewandowski said Tuesday during an appearance on the conservative Real America’s Voice network.
“They want him to run for office because it’s good for them or because they think there’s an opportunity later to reprimand him or write a book or a story or something like that. “, he added.
Lewandowski ran Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 but was fired in the Republican primary.
On Tuesday’s show, he also said that many Trump supporters or employees simply pretend to support him so they can “leave and then chastise him or become a commentator on the networks.”
Lewandowski was also hired as a political commentator on Fox News and CNN in 2016 after he was fired. However, he signed a nondisclosure agreement with Trump that prohibits him from making negative remarks about the former president.
In 2017, he co-wrote a book with David Bossie, who worked with him on the Trump campaign, titled “Let Trump Be Trump: The Inside Story of His Rise to the President.”
Although Lewandowski did not mention any specific names on Tuesday, several former Trump aides have since broken with the former president and released accounts detailing their experiences under his administration.
These include top officials such as former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, former White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, former Attorney General Bill Barr, former National Security Adviser John Bolton and former COVID-19 adviser Scott Atlas.
Lewandowski said Tuesday that a “small group” of Trump aides, including himself, Bossie and Dave Scavino, have remained loyal to the former president and “have his best interests at heart.”
He is currently the president of a PAC called Fight Back Now America, which aims to support “Trump-like” candidates for the America First movement.
However, it’s unclear if Lewandowski still has ties to Trump. Hired in 2020 to lead Trump’s Make America Great Again Action super PAC, Lewandowski was fired in September after a Republican donor accused him of making unwanted sexual advances.
That same month, a Trump spokesperson tweeted that Lewandowski “will no longer be associated with Trump World.”
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