U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has on Monday dismissed his Senior Adviser Ed Brookover, even as he has expressed fear that the November election could be “rigged”.
Sources close to his campaign did not say why Brookover was fired; however, Politico gathered that the dismissal hammer was also wielded on Jimmy Stracner, the campaign’s Western regional political director on Monday.
A statement from the Trump campaign confirmed Brookover had left, but did not mention Stracner.
“The campaign has parted ways with Ed, but we are thankful to him for his many contributions and appreciate his continued support,” the Trump campaign said in a statement.
Brookover’s dismissal came on a day the Republican presidential nominee suggested that the November election could be “rigged”.
Trump had told supporters on Monday that he fears the election could be rigged – an indication that even if Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton wins, he might not accept it.
He made the comments while talking about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who lost the Democratic nomination to Clinton and whose supporters Trump has openly courted.
“First of all, it was rigged,” Trump said of the Democratic primary during a rally in Columbus, Ohio. “And I’m afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest.”
He said with no immediate evidence.
The controversial politician later repeated the claim on Fox News, adding “I hope the Republicans are watching closely or it’s going to be taken away from us.”
At another event in Pennsylvania, he took the unprecedented step of directly calling Mrs Clinton “the devil”.
He attacked Mr Sanders for capitulating in the Democratic race, saying he “made a deal with the devil. She’s the devil.”
Democrats and Republicans alike have condemned Mr Trump for his remarks about the parents of US Army Capt Humayun Khan, who was killed by a car bomb in 2004 in Iraq, at the age of 27.