Last week we heard that Donald Trump was hunkering down with his team after a bruising loss to Ted Cruz and an onslaught of media and GOPe attacks. This week it appears he made the most of his time. Three big things happened this week.
The first is that the Michelle Fields-Corey Lewndowski imbroglio came to an end (for now) with the prosecutor deciding they couldn’t win the charges and declining to prosecute. In a very strange press conference, the prosecutor asserted that Lewandowski did gab Ms. Fields by the arm, but that his version of events would likely amount to an insurmountable reasonable defense [of candidate Trump]. What we learned in this press conference is that there was additional 15 seconds of footage that showed that Ms, Fields had tried to get at Trump, but was redirected back ti the press area by secret service, and that she came right back out of the press pen to go after him again. We also learned that Trump alleges Ms Fields touched him, and the prosecutor has that footage and conform that Trump recoiled as she touched him.
Now, she’s still blathering on about defamation, but for all intents and purposes, this story is dead on arrival. And Ms. Fields herself is neutralized by the fact that she disregarded secret service instructions and touched the candidate.
Another big deal with Trump’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, published online last night just ahead of the Dem Debate, and in the WSJ Friday morning. In it, Trump keeps & refines the message, but pivots on tone, asking Americans if “the system” is working for them. It’s about a savvy an appeal to frustrated voters as I’ve seen. It also casts Teddy-boy as a scavenger seeking a “voterless victory.” Well done there.
But the biggest puzzle piece this week came in the form of news that he and Megan Kelly have met and talked at Trump Tower. This is what I call the tell. Originally the press in New York all rushed over to Trump Towers upon hearing the news that Kelly was seen entering the building. On her show later that night, she told viewers that she had approached him, and that they had an amiable discussion and she asked him for an interview. No word yet on whether he said yes, but she hopes to have more soon.
I think this last piece is telling because Kelly approached him. A month ago she was still licking her wounds and talking about how she wasn’t sure she would renew her contract next year in light of O’Reilly’s lack of support. Now she’s taken the lonely trek up to Trump Towers of her own volition. Something is up with that. Whether that’s word from the boss or word from the party, or just her own spidey-senses suggesting that it’s in her best interests to patch things up with The Donald, something has sure changed.