Trump adviser Michael Caputo sent the following tweet Monday after it was announced that campaign manager Corey Lewandowski had been fired:
— That Michael Caputo (@MichaelRCaputo) June 20, 2016
That moment of celebration at Lewandowski’s expense didn’t go unnoticed. Within a few hours, Caputo himself was out of a job. CNN published a portion of the resignation letter he sent to the campaign:
“I regret sending out a tweet today alluding to the firing of Corey Lewandowski. In hindsight, that was too exuberant a reaction to this personnel move. I know this is a distraction from the kind of campaign you want to run, so I’m resigning my position as director of communications for caucus operations at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Let’s make this immediate,” Caputo wrote in a letter to campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, according to a copy obtained by CNN.
[…]Caputo later told CNN that “falling on the sword is what you do if you mess up.”
“Unforced errors have no place on a general election campaign for the White House,” he said.
You have to wonder just how unforced this error really was. Caputo is a communications professional which, these days, means he is supposed to know what someone on the campaign staff can and can not tweet to his 21,000 followers. I guess we’re supposed to believe he just got carried away in the moment. Maybe so but, again, isn’t that impulsive tweeting exactly the sort of thing a communications professional knows not to do?
This really could be a case of a doctor being the worst patient, i.e. Caputo would know to tell someone else not to do this but couldn’t restrain himself. On the other hand, there have to be a few Trump staffers who look out at the chaos that seems to surround the campaign and the polls showing Trump is deeply unpopular and think ‘I should get out now.’ But even if that were the case, you wouldn’t expect Caputo to say so. It’s just not the kind of thing a communications professional would say.