Working for the Trump campaign is like volunteering for the Hunger Games.
— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) July 13, 2016
The GOP and their Media Village idiots keep telling us we don’t know enough about Hillary Clinton — although they’ve been sifting through every facet of her life & career for the past quarter-century. And then something like this pops up from the Trump campaign:
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is seeking $10 million in damages from a former senior campaign consultant, Sam Nunberg, alleging that Nunberg leaked confidential information to reporters in violation of a nondisclosure agreement.
In a court filing obtained by The Associated Press, Nunberg accused Trump of trying to silence him “in a misguided attempt to cover up media coverage of an apparent affair” between two senior campaign staffers.
The highly unusual legal dispute reflects Trump’s efforts to aggressively protect the secrecy of his campaign’s inner workings.
The AP reported last month that Trump requires nearly everyone in his campaign and businesses to sign legally binding nondisclosure agreements prohibiting them from releasing any confidential or disparaging information about the real estate mogul, his family or his companies. Trump has also said he would consider requiring such agreements in the White House.
In the court filings, Nunberg denied disparaging Trump and accused the presumptive GOP nominee of attempting to “bully” him into silence after Nunberg decided to publicly support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential bid…
In particular, Nunberg said Trump filed a $10 million arbitration claim against him and falsely accused him of being a source of a New York Post story from mid-May that recounted a public quarrel between former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks. Lewandowski was fired from the campaign in June after months of tension with other senior Trump advisers.
Nunberg denied being the source of the article, but in court papers referred to the quarrel as being part of an “apparent affair.”…
CNN adds helpful annotation:
… Nunberg, through his association with longtime Trump political adviser Roger Stone, advised Trump amid his flirtation with a presidential run in 2012. And when Trump began preparing his 2016 bid, Nunberg was again at his side, making early preparations for a potential campaign.
But late last summer, racially charged posts that Nunberg posted on Facebook surfaced and the campaign fired him.
Since then, Nunberg has been fiercely critical of Trump and his campaign staff, particularly Lewandowski, who is now a CNN contributor…
(A CNN contributor still being paid by the Trump campaign, if you believe MMfA.)
So, if I parse this correctly, we have Donald Trump (presumptive presidential nominee of one of the only two national political parties we’ve got) aggressively defending the honor of Corey Lewandowski (while perhaps soiling that of the highest-ranking non-family female staffer on the Trump campaign) against former employee Nunberg, mini-me of Roger Stone, aka “Trump’s Gepetto“, once Richard Nixon’s original ratfvcker. Over a mooted “affair” that nobody outside the families involved would ever have heard about, if it weren’t for Donald Trump’s mania for secrecy…
Just in time for the RNC convention to kick off in Cleveland.
I wish Mario Puzo were still around, to explain this stuff for the rest of us, because as a purely political narrative it’s not making much sense.