Almost immediately after Kimberly Guilfoyle tested positive for COVID-19, she and her boyfriend, Donald Trump Jr. boarded a private jet and flew back to New York from South Dakota, leaving Trump campaign staffers stranded. Insiders say this is just one of many mishaps that have Donald Trump’s fundraising campaign in turmoil.
Guilfoyle, who is a former Fox News personality, joined the Trump reelection campaign as a senior advisor back in 2019. Since February she has served as the campaign’s national finance chair. Insiders told Politico that Guilfoyle oversees a money-raising operation that is plagued with chaos and backstabbing.
Reportedly, Guilfoyle’s entire staff is in a state of “upheaval.” Employees are walking out and being replaced by individuals with no fundraising experience. Staffers are said to be angry with Guilfoyle for repeatedly taking credit for their work and having no disregard for others as proven by the fact that she abandoned her staff without a word of warning in South Dakota.
Before testing positive Guilfoyle and Trump Jr had made plans for a road trip back to New York from South Dakota where Donald Trump gave a bizarre speech under Mount Rushmore. After Guilfoyle’s positive test they took a private flight leaving several junior campaign staffers, who had direct contact with the infected Guilfoyle quarantined in their hotel rooms.
Many of them were afraid they’d become sick in a city they’d never been to before far from their families. The staffers were so rattled by being abandoned that they reached out to Stephanie Alexander the campaign’s chief of staff weeks later. Several of the staffers requested a meeting with then-campaign manager Brad Parscale, but the meeting never took place because Parscale was ousted before the meeting date.
Whatever fundraising successes the Trump campaign has had have been overshadowed by Joe Biden’s fundraising success. Biden also holds a commanding lead in the polls, especially in key battleground states.