Trump Adviser Resigns After Tweet Celebrating Campaign Manager’s Ouster

June 20, 2016 4:45 p.m.

After sending out a tweet Monday dancing on ex-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s grave, top adviser Michael Caputo admitted the tweet was “too exuberant” and resigned his post with Donald Trump’s campaign.

When news broke that Corey Lewandowski had been ousted from the campaign following months of discord with other top staffers and Trump’s adult children, Caputo tweeted, “Ding dong the witch is dead!”, an allusion to the famed “Wizard of Oz” villain.

In a letter addressed to top aide Paul Manafort and Rick Gates and obtained by CNN, Caputo asked that his resignation be effective immediately.

“I regret sending out a tweet today alluding to the firing of Corey Lewandowski. In hindsight, that was too exuberant a reaction to this personnel move,” Caputo wrote, according to CNN. “I know this is a distraction from the kind of campaign you want to run, so I’m resigning my position as director of communications for caucus operations at the 2016 Republican Convention.”

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Caputo also wished the campaign well in the months ahead and said Trump “must be elected” in November.

“Call if I can help,” he wrote.

As of late Monday afternoon, the celebratory tweet was still live, but Caputo had removed his role with the Trump campaign from his Twitter bio.

About an hour after news of Caputo’s resignation broke, Omarosa Manigault, a former “The Apprentice” star who often talks up Trump on cable news shows but has no official campaign role, aimed a tweet at Lewandowski:

This post has been updated.

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