A former Ohio State law professor and prominent civil rights activist has a message for Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign: Stay away from me.
In an email to POLITICO on Monday, Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, warned that the candidate’s refusal to acknowledge that “black lives matter” has alienated African Americans.
Manafort, who has endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton, has been a leading voice in the 2016 Republican primary against Trump, calling him “a man of no character.”
But the Ohio-based lawyer also has a plan for 2020: Don’t support him.
Manzamps message, first reported by The Hill, is the latest in a series of messages he has sent over the past week in which he has laid out his strategy to beat Trump, arguing that the Republican is a liar, a racist, a bigot, and a bigot who should not be the president.
In one email, Manafort wrote: “If you want to stop a candidate like Donald Trump from becoming president, you have to start listening to the people of Ohio.”
In another email, he wrote: If the only reason we are voting for you is because you think we are all racists, racist-haters, and anti-Semites, that’s a mistake.
We are not all the same, and we need to work together to get better.
“The messages are the latest evidence of the tensions between Manafort and the former Trump campaign chairman.
They have been the subject of intense scrutiny from Democrats and outside groups.
In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday, Manafort said he had “no interest” in the idea of a 2020 run.
He said he will not endorse Trump, who he described as “a racist, anti-Semitic, sexist, homophobic, misogynistic man,” and a “bully.””
We need to move on,” he said.
Manzaams strategy appears to be that if Trump fails to win Ohio, he will try to beat him in a primary in Florida.
Manchaams message also includes a warning about the role that Democrats and groups such as the ACLU can play in stopping Trump.”
You will not succeed in defeating a racist.
You will not defeat a bigot.
The RNC has not yet responded to a request for comment.”
It’s a two-step process.”
The RNC has not yet responded to a request for comment.