Even before this juicy tidbit hit social media, just about every pundit had put the finishing touches on his or her “Trump Has Worst Week Ever” column, citing everything from his war of words with Khizr Khan to his poll numbers to his “lashing out” at a crying baby.
The narrative wouldn’t be complete, though, without some insider dirt. Surely enough, a longtime ally of Donald Trump’s campaign manager came through Tuesday night, letting it slip that staffers in the bunker were downright suicidal. Even the quote itself sounds like an emergency telegraph sent from the Titanic.
longtime ally of Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign manager: "Manafort not challenging Trump anymore. Mailing it in. Staff suicidal."
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) August 3, 2016
Wow, that’s bad. Or not so bad — the tweet racked up more than 3,000 likes in 90 minutes. But is it true?
@JohnJHarwood Spreading specious rumors is a form of subterfuge. Either you have a source you can name or you don't.
— Zach W (@surfinwav) August 3, 2016
@JohnJHarwood longtime ally of Paul Manafort? Is that an actual thing?
— avemaria412 (@avemaria412) August 3, 2016
Another anonymous source confirms that the first anonymous source is telling it like it is.
A Trump campaign source, in reax to this, tells me "it's all true" and "way worse than people realize." https://t.co/nvioNcjMCJ
— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) August 3, 2016
People already suspected things were bad, as the campaign has gone through staff shakeups before. On Monday night, word spread that two of the last remaining holdovers from Ben Carson’s campaign team had been let go. And it would be difficult to argue that Trump’s surrogates have done him many favors with their attempts to help him out of the trap he stumbled into after the Democratic National Convention.
if only someone saw this coming. https://t.co/3Ih6K4Ub6J
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) August 3, 2016
— Shirley C (@ghhshirley) August 3, 2016
— Judge Elihu Smails (@JudgeElihu) August 3, 2016
They should resign, all of them. If they mean it, that's the only way to send the message that needs to be sent. https://t.co/RYLAmGnfYl
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) August 3, 2016
Slightly less harsh, but still harsh.
— regina craig (@craig_metime) August 3, 2016
@JohnJHarwood saw Manafort mailing it in during Melania speech incident: appeared disinterested & lackluster. There's nothing in it for him
— ziff (@Bleudrift) August 3, 2016
@JohnJHarwood I got the impression after Trump's convention disaster that he'd resigned himself to losing. If so, he'd be uncontrollable.
— Jacquie (@Jacquie228) August 3, 2016
— #NeverClinton (@RicoMuscatel) August 3, 2016
@JohnJHarwood That will make for very long 3 months.
— John Wisniewski (@WhiskeyMD247365) August 3, 2016
@JohnJHarwood Amazing — Manafort built a career representing foreign dictators and authoritarians and Trump breaks his spirit
— Tobias G. Snyder (@tgsnyder) August 3, 2016
@JohnJHarwood and we're back to Lewandowski's strategy of "Let Trump be Trump" after a nice detour through Manafort-land
— Dave Greten (@GretenDave) August 3, 2016
@JohnJHarwood This will be a colossal mess. Trump wants out. Who can the GOP put in? Tea party will object. Won't agree. This is insane
— tribalone (@NPostupack) August 3, 2016
— Maria (@mariacsuarez50) August 3, 2016
@JohnJHarwood now can they do us all a solid & quit
— Ms. thinking diehard (@hanae_56_20) August 3, 2016
@JohnJHarwood they should all just bail
— hendricks (@hendricksx_) August 3, 2016
@JohnJHarwood word on the street that several key staffers have resignation letters ready to go in the next 72 hours
— Backroom Politics (@BackroomPolitic) August 3, 2016
— Nisha (@NishaElaine) August 3, 2016
— G. Willis (@TheG_Dep) August 3, 2016
@JohnJHarwood I was so hoping this was all a carefully coordinated plan that was too sophisticated for me to understand.
— Paul Cosway (@pcosway) August 3, 2016
@JohnJHarwood Hadn't someone suggested Trump only ran to be sure the election was handed over to Hillary?
— Cathi (@cathid4) August 3, 2016
@JohnJHarwood so his job to give Hillary the election worked.
— Reaganette (@Ezinger44) August 3, 2016
@JohnJHarwood let's start taking bets on the Pence drop out date? My bet is pre Labor Day.
— ADean (@ehartman1975) August 3, 2016
@JohnJHarwood That is the most beautiful tweet in the history of tweets.
— I'm Over It (@LaBellDebi) August 3, 2016
— NeitherHereNorThere (@dametzger) August 3, 2016
— JustSayin' (@MarcBroc) August 3, 2016
@JohnJHarwood I want to believe you.
— mary kay glazek (@emquegee) August 3, 2016
Trump’s senior communications advisor is still smiling, at least in his Twitter avatar.
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) August 3, 2016
@JohnJHarwood you're an embarrassment to your profession, we all have our own personal beliefs + biases, but my goodness you're a journalist
— Trinh Pham (@trinh_pham13) August 3, 2016
— scooter6172 (@therealscooter6) August 3, 2016
— Reginald Hall (@HallWhalla) August 3, 2016
— Eric Wyatt (@mauijim66) August 3, 2016