Corey Lewandowski, a longtime adviser to Donald Trump, and married Republican governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, have been having an affair for years, various sources told The Post on Friday.
A week after Noem, a 51-year-old mother of three, formally endorsed Trump, 77, for the Republican presidential candidacy in 2024, there was increased speculation that the 45th president might select her as his running mate. This is when the liaison first surfaced.
One person with knowledge of Noem and Lewandowski’s relationship told DailyMail.com, “He’s 100% banging her.”
The insider also claimed to have seen Noem “playing grab-ass” and “sitting on his [Lewandowski’s] lap” at a March 2020 event held at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
As the source put it, “the usual stuff that drunk people who are having affairs do.”
The Post was informed by a second source that the relationship has been well known in Republican political circles for “years,” and that Noem’s husband left the governor’s mansion in Pierre about two years ago.
A third source revealed to The Post that he and other GOP operatives were “well aware” of the liaison and proposed that “one of her competitors for VP” was responsible for the story’s publication at last.
Noem, former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), former ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell, House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY), current GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, and hard-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) are just a few of the names that both Trump and political pundits have openly discussed for months regarding possible running mates.
Although Noem was formerly thought to be a possible 2024 candidate, she decided not to run, saying Fox News last month that no Republican could win the nomination while Trump was still in the race.
“If you can’t win, why run?” She enquired.
At a Rapid City rally on September 8, Noem declared her support for Trump, referring to him as “the fighter that our country needs.”
“Let’s make America great again—you did it once,” Noem remarked as she introduced the outgoing president. “I’ll exert every effort to support him in winning and preserving this nation.”
After losing to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the Iowa caucuses, the real estate tycoon gained momentum in the New Hampshire primary, which he won. Lewandowski, 49, was Trump’s first campaign manager in 2016.
But after he was charged with mistreating Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields at a Trump press conference in March 2016, Lewandowski’s fame started to wane.
One count of simple battery was brought against him, however it was later dismissed.
Three months later, Lewandowski was fired from the Trump campaign due to alleged disagreements with Paul Manafort, the campaign chairman at the time.
But even as a private citizen, the native of Massachusetts stayed close to Trump. In June 2017, Trump called Lewandowski into the Oval Office and gave him instructions to tell then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to both issue a public statement denouncing the investigation and instruct Mueller to restrict the investigation’s scope to future foreign meddling in US elections, according to the report on the Russia probe written by former special counsel Robert Mueller.
Sessions was scheduled to meet with Lewandowski, but the AG had to postpone it because of an unforeseen conflict. The month after, Trump called Lewandowski once more and instructed him to inform Sessions of his termination if the latter declined to meet. The directive was given by Lewandowski to Rick Dearborn, the White House deputy chief of staff at the time, who kept it to himself and failed to give it to Sessions.
Although the former campaign operative and wife Allison Hardy have been wed since 2005, there have been allegations of multiple extramarital romances and inappropriate behavior with prominent ladies in the Trump inner circle.
Joy Villa, a musician who supports Trump, claimed in November 2017 that Lewandowski “really hard” smacked her behind during a holiday party. Lewandowski allegedly replied her, “Go ahead, I work in the private sector,” when Villa told him to keep his hands to himself. He then apparently smacked her butt once more.
Villa told Politico at the time, “It was shocking and completely demeaning.”
Lewandowski allegedly had a sporadic romantic involvement with Hope Hicks, the White House communications director at the time.
He lost his position as chairman of the pro-Trump Make America Great Again Action super PAC in 2021 after being accused of acting inappropriately by the former president’s big donor’s wife.
Lewandowski made crude remarks about Trashelle Odom’s genitalia and sought for her hotel room number, she reported to the Las Vegas police. Odom revealed to Lewandowski at one point in their chat that she came from a “bad area” in California.
“That is when Lewandowski told me that he ‘was from a bad part of Boston and have killed people,’” Odom told the cops. “I initially believed that he was joking and attempted to laugh it off. That is when Lewandowski went into detail and stated something to the effect of, ‘When I was 10, I stabbed someone over and over again, killing him.’ He continued and shared that when he was older he ‘stabbed a man in the back of the head, also killing him.’”
Noem also publicly announced that she was cutting ties with Lewandowski, whom her office called a “volunteer” adviser. However, DailyMail.com reported that statement was more show than substance.
“She fired him without really firing him,” one source told the outlet. “He never left.”
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