According to sources close to CNN, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Cory Lewandowski will join the cable news giant as a paid political contributor, effective immediately.
Lewandowski was sacked by Trump Monday morning.
Often at the center of controversy while serving as manager of the New York businessman’s presidential campaign, news of his hire shocked many due to Lewandowski’s reported mistreatment of journalists on the campaign trail.
Lewandowski was charged with simple battery for allegedly grabbing the arm of one journalist in Florida and allegedly using coarse language with CNN correspondent Noah Gray during a Worcester, Massachusetts, rally, telling him to return to the press area or he would be denied access to the candidate.
“Get back in the pen or he’s fucking blacklisted,” Lewandowski was reported to have said at the time.
Further startling for some is the fact CNN has consistently offered anti-Trump commentary during daily broadcasts and it is unclear how Lewandowski’s hire can provide insight due to Trump’s insistence employees submit to non-disclosure agreements employees sign when joining the campaign.
Now combined with former Reagan official Jeffrey Lord and attorney Kayleigh McEnany, Lewandowski will form a trio of pro-Trump conservatives on CNN.
Megyn Kelly spoke to media journalist Howard Kurtz about the dynamics of CNN’s new hire Thursday night:
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