Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski admits the campaign launch at Trump Tower was fueled by paid actors.
According to Business InsiderLewandowski confessed that he lied in 2016 when he said, “You know Donald Trump. No one believes that when Donald Trump goes somewhere he doesn’t generate the biggest, biggest, and most exuberant crowds on the planet. Donald Trump’s campaign and Donald Trump paid no one to attend his announcement. “
Now Lewandowski says he lied, but in reality it was all Michael Cohen’s fault, claiming that the former Trump lawyer hired the actors who were there to cheer on Trump.
“It’s a Michael Cohen special,” Lewandowski said. “Michael Cohen decided he was going to hire a buddy of his and pay his buddy without getting campaign approval. You know, $ 50 for each person coming in, to stand in the Trump Tower.”
Cohen calls this completely false, noting that Trump hired the partner of a public relations firm to host the launch event “in a professional manner.” David Schwartz, partner of Gotham Relations & Communications, was behind the organization of the day.
“Any allegation of payments to actors is an absolute lie which has been promoted by Corey Lewandowski,” Cohen said.
Schwartz confirmed Cohen’s account.
“The reality is that we hired 50 people, some of whom were part-time actors that I found out later. But we hired 50 people to help coordinate an event that drew thousands of people,” explained Schwartz.
Lewandowski was recruited to be the campaign manager in January 2015, The Lowell Sun reported in July 2015. It’s unclear why Lewandowski wouldn’t know about the companies hired or why he would lie about Cohen’s hiring of actors. But Lewandowski has been lying about paid actors for the past five years, so it’s unclear what’s true.