The judgement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, which he offers as his main selling point to voters, has fallen under scrutiny yet again due to Trump hiring a man to run his campaign in Georgia who was involved in a court battle for assault, trespassing, and vandalism.
The Georgia state director of Trump’s campaign, Brandon Phillips, resigned in disgrace on Sept. 27, 2016 after he accepted a plea bargain where he was convicted of trespassing. The lesser two charges were dropped by the local prosecutor. The case against Phillips began in 2008 and had yet to reach a resolution.
Under the plea agreement Phillips has been ordered to complete 36-months of probation and to pay $1,500 in restitution. After Phillips was convicted, he resigned, but with the case having been dagged out for over eight years there surely was a paper trail which Trump’s staff could have located when they vetted Phillips for the job — had they bothered to look.
The embarrassment for the Trump campaign is another example of how unprepared Trump is to for the presidency. Trump’s Senior Communications Adviser, Jason Miller, confirmed as much, “Today we accepted the resignation of the Trump-Pence campaign’s Georgia State Director Brandon Phillips.”
Originally Phillips had been accused of assaulting a man named Nicholas Dugger who had “visible…cuts and bruises to the head and torso.” Phillips was also accused of slashing a person’s tires and destroying a laptop. It is unclear if Dugger was the victim of all three of the crimes Phillips was accused.
If Phillips just reached a plea deal it logically follows that others were aware of his status as a waiting-in-the-wings criminal, and Trump turned a blind eye. The disgraced director joins a long list former campaign staffers who have been forced to resign or be fired for various nefarious reasons, and most of those reasons include Trump’s hand being forced by public opinion.
Curiously, Trump still has a man named Al Baldasaro on his campaign who called for Hillary Clinton to be shot by a firing squad, so what Trump is willing to tolerate or not is difficult to predict, which is always the case when dealing with an inconsistent lunatic.
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.