A source close to the campaign of former Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump revealed that one of its top strategists, Mark Yonders, was attempting to sabotage the billionaire’s campaign from within.
Yonders, previously an aide to Democratic campaigns including Barack Obama in 2008 who joined the Trump campaign under the guise that he was disgruntled with the current administration’s direction, purposefully encouraged Trump to insult, “…women, immigrants, gays, the unemployed. Pretty much anyone outside of rich white men. That would have been too obvious” he said in an exclusive interview with the Orb.
But to Yonders surprise this strategy did not have the expected result.
“It completely backfired. I mean who could have predicted that he could get up there and say horrible, horrible things about vast demographic populations and get more popular?” Yonders continued, “I mean he called a vast portion of our Mexican population rapists. He literally took a broad swath of people and called them rapists and he’s sitting atop the GOP’s nomination a year before the election. It was utter insanity.”
Trump, who had made a previous failed Presidential run in 2012, brought Yonders onto his staff in an effort to appeal to younger voters and minorities, two groups he has historically struggled with.
“I saw early on that I would have an opportunity to really impact his communications so I figured I’d do the country a service and sabotage him to the best of my ability,” said Yonders, “because after all he really is a terrible, terrible person.”
“I told him,” Yonders continued, “that ripping into the demographics he was trying to appeal to was ‘edgy’ and that he would gain ‘street cred’. I literally used the phrase ‘street cred’ and he was all over it.”
Brought onto the campaign staff in early 2013, Yonders suggested that Trump plant the seeds of his campaign using some of his existing platforms, the central being his reality TV show, The Apprentice, which at the time had some of NBC’s top ratings.
It was on The Apprentice that Trump had some of his most controversial moments including one where he told one female contestant, “That must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees”. This among numerous similar incidents which were poorly received by many prominent female figures who have described Trump as “sexist” and “inappropriate”.
“I especially pushed the comments against women. I kept telling him I had just read a book on women’s psychology which said ‘despite whatever women say, they love to be degraded’,” Yonders continued, “And he just absolutely ate it up.”
As the campaign continued and Trump’s tirades just seemed to gain steam and notoriety, Yonders began to try and soften the increasingly hard rhetoric but the billionaire would not retreat.
“There was no way I could reel him in. In a sick sort of way he was being the most honest version of himself and people were loving him for it. I mean who wouldn’t like that?”
It was after this failed effort to talk Trump down that Yonders decided to leave the campaign, “I felt I had done enough damage already and just hoped he would spew so much vitriol that he would just implode and we’d all be safe,” remarked Yonders, “I spent a lot of miserable nights watching him employ my strategies to raucous applause. It was awful. But fortunately, it didn’t last long.”
What Yonders is referring to is when Trump’s campaign approval ratings took a nosedive in early 2016 when asked about his religious views during a nationally televised Republican debate, Trump remarked off the cuff that, “Going to church is a waste of time. Jesus is too.”
Poll data would later show that Trump’s strongest areas of the country, historically conservative states in the south, all but abandoned the billionaire after these comments.
“I was all for his views on gettin’ the Mexicans out of our country and how he took it to those stuck up [women] on Fox News, but as soon as he took a word against our savior Jesus I knew he had to go,” former Trump support Miles Thompson of Arizona told The Orb, “Mr. Trump may have taken our country in the right direction, especially with those Mexicans, but what kind of a good Christian would I be if I voted for a man who didn’t go to church?”