Trump doesn’t have the best record when it comes to campaign managers. As most people know by now, his former campaign manager Paul Manafort is now facing time behind bars. Kellyanne Conway is stuck, to this day, mindlessly parroting lies on national television, and Corey Lewandowski, infamous on the campaign trail for putting hands on a woman, is also still shilling for Trump.
In a recent interview on “The View,” Lewandowski went bent over backwards doing everything he could to make Trump look better.
From falsely comparing Roy Moore (who Lewandowski all but endorses) to Al Franken (who needs to have billboards put up with the photo everywhere) to insisting again and again that Trump is not a racist or a misogynist, Lewandowski is all over the place in his desperation to kiss up to Trump.
The most interesting part comes several minutes into the interview, when one host confronts him about a contradiction. Lewandowski calls Trump “gracious,” to which Joy Behar replies, “But that’s not how you write about it in your book, Corey.”
Lewandowski response grew in volume until he was shouting:
‘No, what I say is he’s tough. He’s a killer! I WANT a killer as a president!’
Behar replies, dumbfounded, “You do?”
‘Absolutely. I wanna make sure that we’re the toughest, greatest nation in the world.’
“With the most muscle!” Behar sarcastically adds.
Lewandowski’s statement here is actually very revealing. A large part of the interview revolves around a lack of understanding of Trump fans on the part of the ladies of “The View.” Lewandowski, who never manages to explain it to them, just did through his behavior.
It’s authoritarianism. Men like Lewandowski don’t care about truth. They don’t care about morals. They don’t understand the nature of a leader. Instead, they, like about 20-25 percent of Americans, simply want a strongman authoritarian to tell them what to do. They don’t have an understanding of what a good leader is. They just want someone who looks and talks like them to make them feel like everything is okay. They don’t have to worry, daddy Trump is on the case.
The insecurity of life is too much for them. They need someone who tells them the lies they want to here, and Trump fits the bill. Authoritarianism is a big part of Trump’s success. POLITICO reported on this phenomenon long before Trump won:
‘Authoritarianism is not a new, untested concept in the American electorate. Since the rise of Nazi Germany, it has been one of the most widely studied ideas in social science. While its causes are still debated, the political behavior of authoritarians is not. Authoritarians obey. They rally to and follow strong leaders. And they respond aggressively to outsiders, especially when they feel threatened. From pledging to “make America great again” by building a wall on the border to promising to close mosques and ban Muslims from visiting the United States, Trump is playing directly to authoritarian inclinations.
‘Not all authoritarians are Republicans by any means; in national surveys since 1992, many authoritarians have also self-identified as independents and Democrats. And in the 2008 Democratic primary, the political scientist Marc Hetherington found that authoritarianism mattered more than income, ideology, gender, age and education in predicting whether voters preferred Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama. But Hetherington has also found, based on 14 years of polling, that authoritarians have steadily moved from the Democratic to the Republican Party over time. He hypothesizes that the trend began decades ago, as Democrats embraced civil rights, gay rights, employment protections and other political positions valuing freedom and equality. In my poll results, authoritarianism was not a statistically significant factor in the Democratic primary race, at least not so far, but it does appear to be playing an important role on the Republican side. Indeed, 49 percent of likely Republican primary voters I surveyed score in the top quarter of the authoritarian scale—more than twice as many as Democratic voters.’
You can watch Lewandowski’s manic interview in its entirety below:
Here’s Colbert’s take on Lewandowski’s recent book release:
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