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A big ‘womp, womp’ for Corey Lewandowski

FILE -- Corey Lewandowski, then campaign manager of Donald Trump's presidential bid, during an event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jan. 30, 2016. Of all the recent stories about the separation of immigrant children and parents at the U.S. border with Mexico, the Mexican foreign minister said on June 19, 2018, that one story was particularly heartbreaking: A 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome was taken away from her mother in South Texas.But Lewandowski, offered a different response when he heard about the girl while appearing on Fox News that night. ÒWomp womp,Ó he said. (Damon Winter/The New York Times)
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Corey Lewandowski, then campaign manager of Donald Trump's presidential bid, during an event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 2016.

“Womp womp.” Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski made the so-called sad trombone sound after a Democratic strategist who appeared with him during a recent Fox News segment told the story of a 10-year-old migrant girl with Down syndrome who was taken from her mother in Texas.

But you know what’s really sad? The idea that Lewandowski, a Lowell native, should have any standing as a political commentator or paid liaison to the corporate world. His callous crack is no surprise. It illustrates the shallowness and immaturity that define him. Unfortunately, it also reflects the bottom-scraping standards of the current occupant of the Oval Office. After all, Donald Trump, the presidential candidate, once mocked a reporter with disabilities.

Lewandowski rose to political prominence after he guided then long-shot candidate Trump through the Republican primary season with swagger that mirrored that of his boss. During his tenure as campaign manager, Lewandowski was also accused of roughly grabbing a female journalist. He denied it happened, and took to Twitter to mock her.

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Trump eventually fired him, a month before the nominating convention. But Lewandowski continues to reap benefits from his presidential connections. Last fall, the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School named him as a visiting fellow. According to Politico, which closely monitors his business dealings, Lewandowski started a lobbying firm, Avenue Strategies, with another Trump campaign veteran, shortly after Trump was elected. He never registered as a lobbyist, and quit that company in May 2017, after questions arose about his activities.

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Last month, Politico reported that Lewandowski is advising T-Mobile. And, after Lewandowski’s “womp womp” comment, Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard tweeted that he “is a consultant to — among others — Mike Pence’s PAC, the Great America Committee. Is @VP fine with his comment on TV tonight? Is @VP happy to keep paying him handsomely?”

Lewandowski refused to apologize for his comment, saying he was mocking “a liberal who attempted to politicize children.” He said he owed an apology not to the 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome, but to “the children whose parents are putting them in a position that is forcing them to be separated.” An apology was owed to children whose parents were killed by illegal immigrants, he added.

According to CNN, Leading Authorities, Inc., one of Washington, D.C.’s top speakers bureaus, has now severed ties with Lewandowski. If there’s any decency left in America, others who enable Lewandowski with a paycheck should follow suit.