Top Trump Strategist Quits, Writes an Open Letter Warning America About Him
Cory Doctorow - Boing Boing
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March 29, 2016

Stephanie Cegielski: 'I respect Trump's fans. That's why I can no longer support the man himself.' (XOJane)

Stephanie Cegielski was in the Trump campaign from the beginning, first serving as communications director of the Make America Great Again Super PAC, then shutting down the PAC "in order to position him as the quintessential non-politician."

Cegielski served as Trump's communications director through the campaign, which, she says, no one intended to be a serious run at the White House - not even Trump. Rather, the goal was to take Trump to double-digit poll numbers and shake up the establishment, because Trump didn't want to be president, he "just wants to be able to say that he could have run the White House."

As Trump's campaign success exceeded beyond everyone's wildest speculation, Cegielski watched in horror as Trump talked himself into believing that he had what it took to run the nation. Even as this was happening, Cegielski was coming to appreciate that the campaign's internal slogan, "Let Trump Be Trump," was hiding the real truth: "Let Trump Help Trump."

She discovered (later than she had any excuse to, really), that Trump was a self-serving monster who'd throw his own mother under the bus to secure even the smallest advantage for himself. Trump is a walking Dunning-Kruger effect, whose lack of self-awareness about his own limitations results in gaffe after gaffe. Combine this fatal, unknowing ignorance with his lack of compunction about harming others to help himself and you get a campaign where Trump's most loyal followers are, one after another, sacrificed by Trump himself, who scapegoats them to make up for his shortcomings.

Cegielski's realization that this would be the motif of a Trump presidency, with America itself standing in for the hapless interns that Trump has victimized on his race to the top, led her to "defect" and to warn Trump's supporters that they're creating a monster.

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