The end of 'Let Trump be Trump'

Story highlights

  • Donald Trump has fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, it was announced Monday
  • Michael D'Antonio: Media reports have linked members of the Trump family to the decision

Michael D'Antonio is the author of the new book, "The Truth About Trump." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.

(CNN)If Donald Trump listens to anyone, it is his family. To be specific, he listens to his daughter, Ivanka, her husband, Jared Kushner, and his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric. Anyone curious about the departure of Corey Lewandowski from the candidate's campaign should therefore begin with this up-and-coming generation of family members. If they wanted Lewandowski to stay with the campaign, he would almost certainly still be there. The fact that he has been fired suggests they did not.

News that Lewandowski had been dismissed by Trump came after months of speculation that there was turmoil in the campaign, talk that only grew louder in April when Trump hired a more seasoned operative, Paul Manafort, to be "convention manager." Manafort's portfolio was expanded in May when he was named "chief strategist."