On the same day that one major news outlet uncovered millions of dollars of illegal cash payments flowing from a puppet of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the campaign manager of Donald Trump, another major news outlet discovered that Trump’s daughter Ivanka is currently on vacation with Putin’s girlfriend. The combination of scandals has made for an explosive fallout in the hours since the news broke.
Late on Sunday evening, the New York Times exposed that current Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort received more than twelve million dollars in off-the-books bribes from then-Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych, who was essentially running a Russian puppet government. Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who was fired and replaced by Manafort three months ago, was seen gloating at the news on Twitter. That led another Trump surrogate, Roger Stone, to begin randomly and nonsensically accusing Lewandowski of being in bed with Hillary Clinton, even as it was becoming clear that Manafort was in bed with Putin.
The scandal was set to ruin Donald Trump’s week one way or the other, as he’ll now be forced to prove to Americans voters that he’s not a bought-and-paid-for Putin operative like his campaign manager appears to be. But the optics could not be worse for Trump, as People Magazine also reported on Sunday that his daughter Ivanka Trump is in the midst of a sightseeing trip in Croatia with Wendi Deng Murdoch, who according to US Weekly isthe girlfriend of Vladimir Putin.
That leaves Donald Trump with so many fires to put out, so many people to fire, so few people who could possibly want to take their place as his campaign nosedives, and such little room for explaining away his own apparent ties to Putin and Russia, that he may be heading into the worst week for his campaign to date. After the stunningly damaging manner in which this past week has played out for Trump and his campaign, one might have thought that wasn’t possible.