Election 2016 The Media

Trump and Breitbart Are Officially Merging

Written by SK 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.