Politics & Government

Case against Trump’s ex-NC campaign head, accused of pulling gun on staffer, is over

Earl Phillip
Earl Phillip

Until August 2016, Earl Phillipwas Donald Trump’s North Carolina campaign director. Then a former staffer sued, claiming Phillip had pulled a gun on him and top campaign officials refused to do anything about it.

This month the suit was dismissed.

According to a document in Mecklenburg Superior Court, the suit against Phillip by Vincent Bordini was dismissed “without prejudice,” meaning the court did not rule on the merits of the case.

“Mr. Phillip and I have resolved our differences without the need for any compensation,” Bordini said in the statement. “I do not blame Mr. Phillip for anything. I wish Mr. Phillip well in his future endeavors and hope he can continue his promising career for the Republican cause.”

In the suit, Bordini had claimed that he was riding in a Jeep with Phillip in 2016 when Phillip pulled out a loaded .45 caliber pistol and placed the barrel on Bordini’s knee cap. Bordini, described in the suit as “a passionate Donald J. Trump supporter,” claims to have reported the incident to then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and other campaign officials.

Phillip said Friday the incident never happened.

“It’s over because Mr. Bordini realized there was no way he was going to win because it didn’t happen,” Phillip said. “His allegation was not true.”

Phillip was state director when Trump won North Carolina’s Republican primary in 2016. Trump went on to carry the state over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

“It’s been more than year and this thing has been sitting on my shoulders heavily for so long,” Phillip said. “I’m glad it’s over.”

Jim Morrill: 704-358-5059, @jimmorrill