‘Divisive, Short-Fingered Vulgarian’: Never Trumpers Comprise Tennessee’s Manny Sethi’s Entire Senior Campaign Staff

Healthy Tennessee President Dr. Manny Sethi serves as a moderator during a gubernatorial candidate forum on health care Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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By MATTHEW BOYLE |  Breitbart 

Dr. Manny Sethi, a candidate for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Tennessee, decided to surround himself with Never Trumpers, including his campaign manager who believes President Donald Trump is a “divisive, short-fingered vulgarian.”

Sethi has presented himself as a “conservative outsider” in the race against the Trump-backed Bill Hagerty, but all the people he has brought into every senior role in his campaign are devout Never Trump political consultants.

His campaign manager Forrest Barnwell-Hagemeyer, for instance, is a former staffer to former Ohio Gov. John Kasich—a Never Trumper expected to endorse 2020 presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden. Kasich is so far in for Biden that he is expected to abandon the Republican Party altogether to speak at the Democrat National Convention (DNC), or whatever semblance of a DNC there is, to try to oust Trump. On his Facebook page, Barnwell-Hagemeyer still has a photograph of him wearing a Kasich shirt from April 5, 2016, when the former Ohio governor was trying to stop Trump from winning the GOP nomination.

A couple weeks before that Kasich shirt photo, Barnwell-Hagemeyer in a now-deleted March 23, 2016, Facebook post, attacked then-candidate Trump while hyping a speech then-House Speaker Paul Ryan made attempting to distance Republicans from the man who would become president.

“If you haven’t watched Speaker Ryan’s remarks yet, I highly recommend it,” Barnwell-Hagemeyer wrote. “This is what conservatism is about, this is what the Republican Party stands for, and these are the ideas we must fight for.”

In the next paragraph of the post, Barnwell-Hagemeyer claimed the GOP nomination could be “hijacked” by Donald Trump, a “divisive, short-fingered vulgarian.”

Later, when Trump actually won the GOP nomination and Kasich and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) dropped out of the race, Barnwell-Hagemeyer reposted in another since-deleted Facebook post an open letter that Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) wrote to what he called “MAJORITY AMERICA,” and in which Sasse said of people who genuinely believed either Trump or Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton were “honorable people” that they were “rare souls.”

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