Donald Trump has hired Breitbart’s Stephen K Bannon as CEO. This will be somewhat shocking to make such a move 82 days before election day, but with the campaign tanking in the polls and campaign chair Paul Manafort getting stuck in as many scandals as his boss, the change makes sense.
It was easy to predict that something like this would happen, though the rapid rise of the man who is known among political insiders as a major power broker for Republicans is still shocking. He’s now the top guy. In exchange, Trump gets a little something else that he wanted. According to Politistick:
The Trump campaign also announced that Stephen K. Bannon, co-founder of Breitbart News who also hosts a radio program for Breitbart on Sirius/XM Radio, will be officially joining the Trump campaign as campaign CEO.
That’s right. As he seeks the highest office in the land, Trump is already designating his own Pravda.
We’ve long speculated that Trump’s endgame is to lose the election so he can launch a media empire. With Fox News boss Roger Ailes and Bannon now on his payroll, one can assume that Drudge and others will soon find their way into the mix.
If you want to control the narrative, you have to control the story tellers. That seems to be what Trump is doing. If you didn’t see it a mile away, you’re probably having a hard time seeing it now that it’s up close. I’ll admit that I had a hard time believing they were a media company that had wholly sold out, opting for the other conspiracy theory that they had simply made the push for pageviews.
Of course, there were others who heard about corruption long ago. Then, of course, is the curious way they handled the Michelle Fields situation that had Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro and others abandoning ship.
Oh well. The GOP nominated the only Republican who couldn’t beat Hillary Clinton. Now, they’ve enabled him to guide their talking points for years to come.
Andrew Breitbart, who was vocal against Donald Trump, may be rolling in his grave right now.