Election 2016 The Media

Trump and Breitbart Are Officially Merging

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

When it comes to Donald Trump, it's hard to point to a single event or utterance that officially cracked up his campaign, but this could be it,

Breitbart dot com already essentially worked for Trump in an unofficial capacity, but today it became a little more official.

Trump has hired Breitbart Chairman Stephen Bannon to serve as his new campaign CEO.

Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News LLC, an outspoken Trump supporter and a former Goldman Sachs banker, will assume the new position of campaign chief executive. At the same time, Mr. Trump also is promoting Kellyanne Conway, a veteran GOP pollster and strategist, to become campaign manager. Ms. Conway has been a campaign adviser for several weeks.

Longtime Republican operative Paul Manafort, who joined the campaign late in the primary season, remains campaign chairman.

Amazingly, this seems to be Trump's idea of a pivot.

Two anonymous Trump campaign staffers spoke to the Washington Post and said Trump made these moves today because he's tired of seeing and hearing reports that his campaign is somehow managing him.

The aides told the Post that Trump has felt “controlled” and “boxed in” by staffers urging him to tone down his rhetoric and pivot towards a general election audience. As a seasoned campaign operative, Manafort played a key role in trying to turn Trump’s understaffed, shoestring operation into a more traditional national presidential campaign.

If you're bothered by reports that your campaign is trying to control you, one way to conclusively prove that you cannot be controlled is to hire the chairman of one of the most hateful publications in the entire world.

Breitbart is a virulent conflagration of racism, homophobia, supremacism, Islamophobia, nationalism, race-baiting, gun fetishism, antisemitism, misogyny, and conspiracy. They like to call themselves the "alt right," but what that really means is white nationalist.

Breitbart is the neo-Nazi Stormfront in all but name and the Republican presidential nominee has just hired their chairman to head his campaign.

By my calculation, this brings one huge step closer to the creation of the Trump News Channel. Former Fox News Chief Roger Ailes and the head of Breitbart are now both working for Trump. Their future is now tied to Trump and his to theirs.

I wouldn't be surprised if Alex Jones is hired by the campaign before all is said and done.

  • TXDem1945

    I think that this election season is amusing to a point; nut, gallows humor is, ultimately, boring and fatuous. I assume that Trump will lose. I wonder what he will do afterwards and what the GOP will do afterwards. Assuming that the defeat is comprehensive.
    I guess we will have to wait and see.

  • Aynwrong

    I’m watching coverage of this on CNN. No mention of the history of Breitbart. No mention of James O’Keefe or the lies told about ACORN or lies told about Shirley Sharrod. They’re treating it as a process story.

    • TXDem1945

      I doubt that anyone will say anymore that they absolutely have to say.

  • muselet

    If it were anyone but Donald Trump doing this, I’d say there was blood in the water.

    Alas, it is Trump, pulling a reality-show stunt and getting media attention for it.

    It’s a mistake to think of this as a campaign shakeup. It’s early staffing for the All Trump All The Time Channel, coming soon to a cable provider near you (Trump TV! Ask For It By Name!™).


    • gescove

      “Trump TV! Ask For It By Name!™” OK, I’d like the Shit Show package, with extra stupid and paranoia, please.

  • gescove

    Trump won’t be elected president. But an Herr Drumpf “News” Channel would be as great (or greater) threat to our democracy.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      It’ll be a great threat to society. Really, the very best of threats. It’ll be spectacular.

      Other people don’t have what it takes to be a really great threat to society. They’re a bunch of losers. They attack me because they’re jealous of how great of a threat to society I am, trust me, okay? They’re just a bunch of losers and jealous has-beens with blood coming out of their you-know-whats.

      Some of my very good friends are threats to our democracy. They say to me, they say “you really are the greatest threat. No one knows how to dismantle democracy the way you do.” And these are expects, really the best people.

      In fact, it’ll be such a great threat, we’re going to have to build a wall around my news station. It’ll be 30 ft high and topped with high class barbed wire. Really, the very best barbed wire money can buy. No one else will have such great barbed wire. No cantaloupe-calfed losers are going to be coming into my news station, okay?

      And, no, you know what? Make it 40 ft. high. And Mexico is going to pay for it, okay? Believe me, they’ll pay.