Donald Trump reshuffled his campaign staff for the third time in recent weeks, bringing in a Breitbart honcho who is as much of a racist, bigot, conspiracy-theorist and liar than him.
Under Stephen Bannon’s watch at Breitbart, headlines like “Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew” or “NAACP Joins Soros Army Plotting DC Distruptions, Civil Disobediance, Mass Arrests” or “Teenage Boys With Tits: Here’s My Problem With Ghostbusters” and “Young Muslims in the West Are a Ticking Times Bomb, Increasingly Sympathizing With Radicals, Terror.”
Such headlines appear on Breitbart in all caps formet, the Internet equivalent of shouting.
Bannon shouts a lot He pontificates with false claims. He lies. He’s the perfect match for Donald Trump.
As a movie and television producer, he got rich through a deal with the popular “Seinfeld” TV series and produced a critically-lambasted documentary that he claimed would propel Sarah Palin to the presidency — which never happened — and lost money on the ludicrous attempt.
Trump pushed aside campaign chairman Paul Manafort to bring in Bannon as the new “CEO” of the Trump for President operation, along with Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway — who worked with the losing campaigns of New Gingrich and Ted Cruz for President.
“They’re terrific people, they’re winners, they’re champs, and we need to win it,” Trump said.
Translation: They think like Trump and won’t suggest he try to tone down his hateful rhetoric or flamboyant and untrue claims.
They also have never managed a Presidential campaign.
Columnist Eugene Robinson writes that Breitbart News, under Bannon’s tutelage, “creates its own ultranationalist far-right reality — one that often bears little resemblance to the world as it really is.”
Bannon gives readers the impression that the nation is in grave and imminent peril, that Muslims are conspiring to impose sharia law throughout the land, that Mexican immigrants are running rampant in a wild crime spree, that only Trump can save us — and that polls showing him far behind Clinton are somehow skewed, incompetent or irrelevant.
None of this is true, not a word. It’s all a paranoid fantasy, designed to exploit anxieties about demographic and economic change. And Trump has decided that his best chance of winning is to peddle this garbage, some of which he may actually believe.
Republicans continue to worry and defect from the party’s ranks, knowing that Trump’s escalating slide into the political slime pits threatens just about anyone with a GOP label in Congressional races around the country.
Former Mitt Romney finance chairman David Nirenberg says Trump “speaks positively about foreign dictators and acts like one himself. ”
Writing in a CNBC Op-Ed, Nirenberg adds:
Trump is the most dangerous major party presidential candidate in my lifetime, maybe in American history. His character, temperament, and behavior definitely are not presidential. I don’t think he’s fit to be our president.
Around the country, polls continue to show Clinton pulling away from Trump.
He continues to hold a slight edge in a few states with white males who lack education but trails among those who graduated from college, along with women (white or minority), millennials, independents and the growing list of disaffected Republicans.
Some Democratic and Republican political insiders say the final vote may match the 1964 election when Lyndon Johnson wiped out Barry Goldwater.
“Sadly, a hothead like Trump can win GOP primaries,” says one dejected GOP consultant. “But a general election is another matter. Trump has alienated too many voters groups and his continued erratic actions show voters that he is someone we can’t trust to take the reins of the Presidency.”
David Nierenberg says he, a lifelong Republican, will vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“She is emotionally mature and centered. She respects and enjoys working with people from all backgrounds. She has the diplomatic skills needed to break the gridlock in Washington and lead our country well. America needs a steady hand on the tiller,” Nierenberg wrote. “We cannot afford the risk of a man whose temperament and behavior are erratic.”
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