The exodus of Trump’s 2016 surrogate team is, in part, a microcosm writ large of the troubles the president is experiencing electorally. People who were once close to him have scurried away. Dubious ethical decisions have complicated the message. And others, like a chunk of the country, are simply exhausted by the show. As one cable news executive told The Daily Beast: “All of the people front and center in 2016 completely flamed out.”
There is Jeffrey Lord, who has been largely absent from major cable news airwaves after being fired from CNN for making a joke online about a Nazi salute. There is Corey Lewandowski, who was hired by CNN just days after being fired by the Trump campaign in 2016, but quit immediately following Trump’s election following a rocky tenure at the network. And there is Kellyanne Conway, who announced that she was stepping away from her White House role to focus on family and would not be entertaining possible cable news offers.
Others who frequently appeared on television to boost Trump are now Trumpworld turncoats. Reality television star Omarosa Manigault Newman, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, former Trump campaign official A.J. Delgado, and Cohen all regularly appeared on television to boost the then-Republican candidate in 2016. Now, they openly criticize the president and his campaign.