President's former campaign manager speaks in Cleveland: 'Trump is the greatest political phenomenon in our lifetime'

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Critical of the media and congress, and complimentary of President Donald Trump, the president's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski spoke to fans and critics Thursday at the City Club.

The City Club announced Lewandowski as a speaker several weeks ago, and it inspired criticism and protest.

The attendance at the speech was about 200 people, which City Club representatives said is typical for a summer speech.

Lewandowski spoke for about half an hour, and took seven questions for the crowd for the remaining half hour. During his speech, he repeatedly lauded Trump as a hard working, magnanimous man, saying at one point: "Donald Trump is the greatest political phenomenon in our lifetime."

He repeatedly criticized the media for coverage both during the campaign and in the first six months of the administration.

Lewandowski was also critical of Congress, stating that the legislative body should have had a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, ready "on day one." He also later criticized elected officials who had previously voted to repeal the ACA but then voted against the measure recently.

Lewandowski answered seven questions from those in attendance, five of which were at least somewhat critical of him or his former boss.

One of those, was a woman asking why anyone could trust the president if he lies about his golf score, to which Lewandowski complimented the president's golf game and said if anyone criticized the president for playing golf they should also criticize former president Barack Obama.

One of the most outspoken opponents to the Lewandowski invite was attorney Subodh Chandra. Cleveland 19 reached out to him after the speech, and said that Lewandowski was "not worthy of the City Club's podium, the platform from which Robert Kennedy spoke."

He went on to say in a statement: "Although I am disappointed that the City Club has invited a brainless white supremacist to speak who has nothing to offer Cleveland, I hope that now that the decision is made the audience will hold this worthless speaker accountable for his bad behavior."

Lewandowski was also in town to support Rep. Jim Renacci's bid for governor.

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