How to mess up a possible Trump endorsement in one easy step

But what likely sealed Blanchard’s fate, according to four people familiar with the matter, was the moment they said her team broke a cardinal rule in Trump World: they exaggerated just how much of a Trump insider she truly is.

“The president doesn’t know Lynda all that well and it had gotten back to him and his team that people on her team had been overstating how close they supposedly are,” said a person close to Trump. “One of her aides was telling any donor who would listen that Trump was going to endorse her and that left him annoyed.”

“They were totally overstating the relationship between Lynda and him,” added a Trump adviser.