Reported top Trump strategist Stephanie Cegielski quits, writes intense open letter to apologize for 'creating a monster.'
On Tuesday, Stephanie Cegielski, the now former director of a Donald Trump super PAC and allegedly one of his top strategists, abruptly quit his campaign and wrote a scathing open letter to him that she posted on xojane.com.
And I am now taking full responsibility for helping create this monster — and reaching out directly to those voters who, like me, wanted Trump to be the real deal.
In the screed, she explains how she initially signed on to the campaign because she liked the idea of a "protest candidate." She said the plan was never for him to actually become president.
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.
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.
As the campaign progressed, Cegielski writes that she was surprised that the politically incorrect things Trump said didn't hurt him in the polls, but rather raised his popularity with those voters who did not count themselves among the "liberal elite."