Election 2016 Guns

Lawsuit: Trump State Director Routinely Pulled Guns on Staffers

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says he's going to be a "Law and Order" president, but his own campaign doesn't seem to care about law or order.

A former Trump campaign staffer has filed a lawsuit claiming that the campaign's former state director for North Carolina pulled a gun on him and several other staffers.

“All of a sudden, [Vincent Bordini] saw [state director Earl Phillip] pull a gun out from his side of the Jeep,” the suit says. “It was a .45 caliber pistol. It was loaded… Phillip then moved the gun toward Vincent. He pointed it at, and then placed the barrel on, Vincent’s left knee cap…

“Vincent froze. Philip’s gun was loaded and the safety was off. A bump in the road would likely result in a bullet hole, and worse, in Vincent’s knee. Once the initial shock wore off, Vincent said, ‘What the f--- are you doing?’”

Bordini, who was hired by the campaign as a software trainer, claims in the lawsuit that least 4 other staffers or volunteers had a gun pointed at them by Phillip. The lawsuit also claims he told senior Trump campaign staff, including former manager and current CNN talking-head Corey Lewandowski, about the guns and they did absolutely nothing about it.

The stuffed olive on top of this shit sandwich is Phillip performing "minority outreach" for the Trump campaign, or so he says. Hopefully he didn't threaten them with guns, too.

This is certainly one of the most bizarre campaign stories I've ever heard, but I can't say it's surprising. I necessarily assume that anyone willing to work for the Trump campaign is either incredibly racist or certifiable.

  • CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION: The guy’s name is Earl L. Phillip, not “Charlottean.” He *is* a Charlottean because he’s from Charlotte, NC.

    • And also a Charlatan because he’s working for Trump.

    • JMAshby

      Thanks, I’ve corrected it. I’ve seen plenty of strange naming conventions out of the Southeast so I didn’t think twice about it.

  • ninjaf

    Ermmm…I think I would have been making a call to the police after an incident like that. That seems to warrant more than an HR reprimand in my book.

  • muselet

    Holy moly.

    Sane people don’t threaten others with handguns. Organizations run by sane people immediately act on reports of such threats by employees.

    Is it just me, or is this campaign season getting even more disturbing?


    • ninjaf

      Not just you.

    • gescove

      Definitely not just you.

  • “Charlottean”? Is that pronounced how I think it’s pronounced? “Charlotte-an”? Charlatan?!

    • Aynwrong

      Had the exact same thought. It makes me wonder if this isn’t a hoax.

      • Oh no, it’s not a hoax! His name is actually EARL Phillip, he’s just from Charlotte (makes sense) and for some bizarre reason “Charlottean” is the accepted demonym for anyone who lives there. (His Twitter is @ELPhillip.)

        The Root has a clarifying headline: “Donald Trump Hires Black Republican Earl Phillip as NC State Director”

        • muselet

          Darn. That takes all the fun out of the story. /sarcasm


  • The Trump Motto: “Might makes right”

    • gescove

      Might makes right
      My supporters aren’t that bright
      I’ll gin up their anger, hate, and fright
      So much they will not sleep at night
      Hate crimes, murder, and riots I’ll incite
      They’ll get you in their sights
      And shoot you just for spite
      – I’m Donald Trump and I approved this message

      • “Call 1-800-AMERICA1 and press 1 if you think Trump should punch the DNC in the face!”

        • Badgerite

          trump couldn’t punch a wet noodle let alone anything of substance.