Lewandowski, who was fired by Trump in June, drew a puzzling parallel to make his point, arguing that in 2004, John Kerry was also making staff changes as the election approached.
“This campaign is not the first campaign to make staff changes. If you look at John Kerry’s campaign, when he was running, he was making changes as late as Labor Day, and don’t forget we’re still in August,” Lewandowski said on CNN, where he is a paid commentator.
The remark prompted host Kate Bolduan to point out the obvious: Kerry lost the race for the White House in 2004 to George W. Bush.
Nonetheless, Lewandowski insisted that last-minute changes could still be good.
“Well, I understand, but the change in 2004 that John Kerry made helped him actually do significantly better than what he was doing,” he said.
Lewandowski, who reportedly clashed with Paul Manafort, Trump’s since-departed campaign chairman, when the two worked together, said it was clear Trump was unhappy with the direction in which Manafort was leading the campaign. The new campaign leadership, Lewandowski said, would allow Trump to be more “authentic.”
“Sometimes you have to bring different perspectives in. Sometimes, you have to change things, particularly, in a campaign that, in the last three or four weeks has missed, in my opinion, opportunities to go after Hillary Clinton for the failures of her campaign and to point out those failures. I don’t think they’ve done a good job on that,” he said.