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Lindsay Kimble
March 28, 2016 03:45 PM

Stephanie Cegielski says Donald Trump has made it farther in the 2016 presidential election than he ever expected – but says it’s not too late to stop him from clinching the Republican nomination.

Cegielski, who says she is the former communications director of the Make America Great Again Super PAC, wrote in an essay on xoJane on Monday that when she was recruited to the Trump campaign in 2015, the objective was never the White House.

“The goal was to get The Donald to poll in double digits and come in second in delegate count. That was it,” she explained. “The Trump camp would have been satisfied to see him polling at 12 percent and taking second place to a candidate who might hold 50 percent. His candidacy was a protest candidacy.”

In a statement to PEOPLE, Trump’s campaign clarified that Cegielski worked for the Super PAC – not the campaign – and “knows nothing” about Trump.

“This person was never employed by the Trump campaign. Evidently she worked for a Super PAC which Mr. Trump disavowed and requested the closure of via the FEC,” the statement reads. “She knows nothing about Mr. Trump or the campaign and her disingenuous and factually inaccurate statements in no way resemble any shred of truth.

“This is yet another desperate person looking for their fifteen minutes. Meanwhile, Mr. Trump is running for President because he is the only one who will Make America Great Again. ”

The adjunct professor at NYU’s School of Professional Studies wrote in her essay that she accepts “full responsibility for helping create this monster,” and hopes Trump supporters will hear her cries.

First signing on because she wanted change in the nation’s capital, Cegielski said that she was inspired by how Trump “resonates with the masses.” Ciegielski wrote that she was even impressed with Trump’s resiliency and support gains despite public gaffes and non-PC declarations.

“I don’t think even Trump thought he would get this far. And I don’t even know that he wanted to, which is perhaps the scariest prospect of all,” Cegielski wrote. “He certainly was never prepared or equipped to go all the way to the White House, but his ego has now taken over the driver’s seat, and nothing else matters. The Donald does not fail. The Donald does not have any weakness. The Donald is his own biggest enemy.”

Trump is currently leading the pack of Republican candidates with 742 pledged delegates to runner-up Ted Cruz’s 462. There are still 17 primaries and caucuses left before July’s Republican National Convention in Ohio.

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Cegielski said what once was Trump’s plan to “send a message to America” has “morphed into a charade that is poised to do irreparable damage to this country.”

She asked Trump voters to renege their support, as the billionaire businessman “doesn’t want the White House. He just wants to be able to say that he could have run the White House.”

“I don’t dismiss any single Trump constituent, which is why I believe it’s important to let you know that the candidate does. I, too, think our country has gone off track in its values. I, too, think that we need a dramatic change of course,” she explained, adding. “The man does not know policy, nor does he have the humility to admit what he does not know – the most frightening position of all.”


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