CHARLOTTE – As the old saying goes, there are two sides to every story. On March 5, this author published a story on the apparent vindication of Earl Phillip, the ex-Trump N.C. campaign director that allegedly brandished a gun against a campaign associate in 2016 and subsequently resigned his position, after the court case was ostensibly dropped by the accuser.
Now, the alleged victim of the, Vincent Bordini is contesting the narrative that Phillip has been completely exonerated. In the interest of objectivity, First in Freedom Daily presents Bordini’s response to the article in full (emphasis added):
“The notion that Phillip was vindicated is asinine. He had claims against me, which he voluntary dropped for no compensation. He had every right to proceed to trial but chose not to.
He was facing many witnesses who were formerly business associates and friends of his. Included in this group was a high level political leader who banned Earl from entering certain buildings in Raleigh due to his previous behavior and special forces veterans who caught Earl Phillip lying about being an Army Ranger for many years. He indicated to me that he was a Ranger and there are even photos of him online wearing a Ranger pin. But his Military records indicate he was never a Ranger.
I encourage everyone to research this for yourself before lashing out at his victims in the future.
There was no benefit to me to win a trial against Earl while letting the campaign escape responsibility for fostering what happened. My statement is true. I don’t blame Earl for what happened. I blame the Trump Campaign for letting him get away with what he did to me and fostering the environment that let it happen. I don’t blame Earl. I feel bad for Earl because he needs help. My case against the Trump Campaign for what Earl did to me is moving to the court of appeals and I will continue to fight in that arena. On the other hand, Earl’s claims against me were voluntarily dismissed by Earl for no compensation.
During the lawsuit, multiple witnesses testified under oath that Earl behaved similarly with a firearm around them. For example, one saw Earl wave a gun at another staffer’s feet. Another described a situation where Earl handled a gun in a way that made him extremely uncomfortable in a vehicle in South Carolina. Another said that Earl threatened him and “racked” his pistol while doing so. This behavior along with what Earl did to me form the basis of the legal action that I continue to pursue against the Trump Campaign. A superior court judge made a ruling in the case that I think was misguided, and I am challenging that ruling at the court of appeals. It’s a long process and it is far from over.”
The counternarrative from Bordini certainly raises more questions regarding the original allegations, the fall out, and the timeline related to the case. Why was the suit filed so long after the alleged event? What are Bordini’s responses to the motivations assigned to him by Phillip in his press release subsequent to the suit being dropped? What is to be made of the serious allegations of stolen valor against Phillip?
First in Freedom Daily will be following up with Mr. Bordini to address these questions and more.