Sunday, August 21, 2016

They sure do find one another: A sidenote on The Donald's new campaign chief


Steve Bannon: finding the right man for the job

by Ken

Howie has already gone pretty thoroughly over the latest monstrous life form to be given command of the good ship Trump campaign, Breitbart Executive Chairman Steve Bannon ("The Pivot Has Come -- But, Predictably, In The Wrong Direction" -- to sail the ship triumphantly to the finish line in November, or do lay the groundwork for a right-wing media empire to rival Fox's?). Still, I couldn't resist Kerry Eleveld's Thursday DailyKos post "Former staff of Trump's new campaign chief call him 'one of the worst people on God's green earth.' "

I do have to wonder a bit about Kerry's lead:
Well, this is a shocker. Steven Bannon, Donald Trump's new campaign chief, is a Trump Mini-me, according to people who used to work for him at the alt-right outlet Breitbart News.
Nothing I've read or heard about Steve suggests a "mini"-anything. For me, the whole point was the background theme I heard playing in my head: These people sure know how to find one another, don't they?

But Kerry wastes no time getting to her point, citing Allegra Kirkland's "TPM Livewire" post "Former Breitbart Staffers Warn Against Trump's New Campaign Chief." And first up is former Breitbarter Kurt Bardella:
“It signals a dangerous and, even more so, combative and divisive turn,” Former Breitbart News spokesman Kurt Bardella told Media Matters on Wednesday about Bannon’s hiring by the Republican nominee. “It’s an indication that this campaign, as negative as it has been, is going to be even more so going forward.”
The Media Matters post, by the bye, is headlined "Former Breitbart News Spokesman Rails Against New Trump CEO: A 'Pathological Liar.' " Just thought you might want to know. (What did I say about these people finding one another?)

Next up is a former Breitbart editor-at-large who, says Kerry, "says Bannon has stoked white nationalism at the site." In her TPM post Allegra quotes him writing:
Breitbart has become the alt-right go-to website, with Yiannopoulos pushing white ethno-nationalism as a legitimate response to political correctness, and the comment section turning into a cesspool for white supremacist mememakers.
Finally, Kerry writes, comes a testimonial from Dana Loesch, "who sued Breitbart in 2012 to break loose from her contract, chimes in." Allegra again:
“One of the worst people on God’s green earth was just instituted as the chairman and CEO of the Trump campaign,” Loesch said Wednesday on her St. Louis-based radio show, in comments flagged by Mediaite.
In case you hadn't guessed, Sam Reisman's Mediaite post is headlined: "Dana Loesch: Trump's New Campaign Chief Is 'One of the Worst People on God's Green Earth.' "

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At 3:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Ken -- Do you ever get the impression that the Terrible Trio -- Trump, Bannon and Ailes -- will end up circling each other like a clutch of maddened scorpions? Each one of them, I believe, thinks he's using the others and will emerge with the lion's share of whatever deal it is they're cooking up. Each one, I'm sure, thinks he's the smartest of the three, the most subtle and puissant. It would be fun to see the naked, ball-less Trump statue in a matched set with Bannon and Ailes.


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