Trump elects to go not just “full Trump,” but “full Breitbart”

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Screengrab from Breitbart.com, celebrating the appointment of its executive chairman to run the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.

So Donald Trump has looked at the polls, surveyed the political landscape and concluded that he’s losing. It doesn’t take a genius to see that, which in Trump’s case counts as good news.

He has also concluded that he’s losing because he has become too moderate and not combative enough, and because his own staff has tried to prevent him from unleashing “full Trump” upon the world.

Well, no longer.

To fix the problem, the role of campaign manager Paul Manafort has been reduced substantially. According to Robert Costa of The Washington Post, Trump had felt “boxed in” and “controlled” under Manafort’s guidance, and he wanted out. Instead, he has hired Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart, as his campaign’s new CEO.

Among other things, Bannon has been a big advocate of Sarah Palin and her unique style of politics, as well as a harsh critic of the likes of House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  For example, Bannon  championed the candidacy of Paul Nehlen, who challenged Ryan in the Republican primary.

As Costa put it on Twitter:

Trump has also promoted pollster Kellyanne Conway, who in 2012 served as consultant to U.S. Rep. Todd “legitimate rape” Akin in his U.S. Senate race in Missouri. The tone and quality of her political advice is perhaps best illustrated by the advice that she gave Akin when he was facing heavy pressure by the GOP establishment to withdraw from that race.  Conway not only urged Akin to hunker down and fight, she told him to emulate the strategy of Branch Davidian leader David Koresh, who stayed in his bunker in Waco and refused to be drawn out by the ATF.

We know how that turned out for Koresh and his followers. It didn’t turn out any better for Akin. He lost by 15 points in deep-red Missouri.

So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen: These are the “best people” that Trump promised us, “the smartest people” with the “best words” who will help him run the country after they have helped him run his campaign.

And yes, it has happened once again:

Just when you thought the 2016 campaign could not get any more strange, any meaner or more dangerous, Trump has found a way to boost it to a whole ‘nother level. The republic will survive this; it’s survived far worse. But it isn’t going to be pretty, and the damage these remaining weeks will do to the Republican Party as we know it is going to be substantial.

 

 

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Mike Barnes
Mike Barnes

The TRUMPTRAIN is going full speed ahead now! That's going to be a massive wreck!

Karl Edward
Karl Edward

Medical experts say Hillary Clinton may have Parkinson's disease. Liberal imbeciles are delusional and will never believe anything negative about Hillary, especially that she's a pathological liar and a criminal which she absolutely is.

Laura Irvin Parks
Laura Irvin Parks

So you embrace a sociopath and coward too chicken to fight in our armed forces. Sorry about your ED bud, cause you are a sucker.

Carol Smith
Carol Smith

Well trump sure needs to get checked out cause its something really wrong with him he acts like an wild animal he should be in a mental hospital that man is MENTALLY UNSTABLE.

Dateline 2016
Dateline 2016

Bannon is the extreme conservative rights answer to Michael Moore. Writer, producer, director.  IMDB has all his crap.  His new movie will be entitled Making America Grate Again.

Stewdaday
Stewdaday

Trump does not realize its about county by county conversions. The democrats are far ahead given the access of 8 years of emails and cell numbers from all sorts of government sources to amass a huge data base than the Elephants. So in critical counties needed to flip to win states Trump is last in the numbers. Furthermore he ignores this reality of american elections so he is losing and handing the election to the liberal progressives--so here comes Hillary who is neither a progressive nor a good candidate but she will still win cause she has the data and Trump does not. And if Trump refuses to get down and dirty in the counties he must win--Yes its game over. He will learn his first political lesson. Cheat and steal every advantage you can, its politics.

Jim
Jim

Does anyone remember Brustre's Millions --- NONE OF THE ABOVE

dhowardporter
dhowardporter

You had me when you mentioned Sarah Palin. Bring her on...it couldn't get any stupider or more delusionary. Lets sit back and watch them screw themselves into an even deeper hole. What fun!

Roberta Cromlish
Roberta Cromlish

Hey AJC--not covering Hillarys trips, falls, stumbles and seizures? Worried, are you?

dhowardporter
dhowardporter

Who has time for Hillary? This is way more fun!

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Trump fans are so cute when they play pretend, aren't they?

hnbc
hnbc

Roberta C -

What Clinton "trips, falls, stumbles and seizures" are you referring to? The delusional ones that Trump has dreamed up in his delusional mind and that his followers, equally delusional, believe? You mean those?

Qasim Jabbar
Qasim Jabbar

It pains me to think about whats going to happen to this country in the next 4 years after one of these idiots gets elected

Susan Smith
Susan Smith

Yep, the most unpopular contest. What an election.

Kalan Sides
Kalan Sides

I don't know these last 8 years have been pretty brutal

DavidSpillman
DavidSpillman

What horrible things have happened to you in the last eight years because of President Obama? Don't be shy; tell us all about your sufferings

Rose Budd
Rose Budd

Kalan Sides yet you and your family seem to be doing so well based on your pictures. Maybe we have different definitions of the word "brutal".

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

For Debbie and other readers of this blog, the academic credentials of black historian:  Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed:  (Wikipedia)


Annette Gordon-Reed (born November 19, 1958 in Livingston, Texas)[1] is an American historian and law professor. At Harvard University, she holds the Charles Warren Professorship in American Legal History, and is the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is noted for changing scholarship on Thomas Jefferson regarding his relationship withSally Hemings and her children. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History and 15 other prizes in 2009 for her work on theHemings family of Monticello, and in 2010 she received the National Humanities Medal and was named a MacArthur Fellow.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Debbie, I should have used the word, summarize, not simplify for you the 800 page book of Annette Gordon-Reed from which I learned so much about the Jefferson/Hemings relationship.  I was speaking of the amount of pages you would have to read to gather that information, not that you are not capable of ascertaining that material.


Really, please do not think I am trying to put you down.  That was never in my mind.  I respect your intellect.  But our visions of Jefferson vary.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@MaryElizabethSings - Okay. As I stated earlier i have read her book.  A few years ago, she did the "SistahGirl" tour, (Black Female Owned Bookstores, BFO Magazines, BFO events, etc.); and I have met her and heard her speak.  She's a smart lady -- however I feel that you and she both have a blindness when it comes to Jefferson. 

Anywhooo, like I said earlier, I KNEW what I was starting by bringing up Jefferson in anything but a very slanted light; my apologies.  

The devil made me do it.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kaiLcwHXB4


OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@DebbieDoRight @MaryElizabethSings 

@ Debbie. I agree completely with your assessment of Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed, who seems more concerned with defending black Sally Hemmings as a plausible love-choice for Jefferson than giving an accurate assessment of Jefferson.  And I share your skepticism about Jefferson's pure-minded idealism, as do most contemporary historians.


St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

Hillary is making 2 mistakes, I think.

a) the Kaine pick was stupendously bad unless she needs a good harmonica player, still in shock

b) and giving up on bubba - bad idear, getting bubba would wipe them out, and lort knows they need wipin out (politically of course heheheh)

"Hillary Clinton thinks she can win the election, even if she can't improve her standing with blue-collar white men, the heart of Donald Trump's constituency. Her argument is that she is doing so well with almost every other demographic group that it will not matter." (V)

Citizen-of-the-World
Citizen-of-the-World

@St Simons he-ne-ha I'm not reading into that that she's given up on seeking the blue-collar white man vote. 


I think she wants their vote and also their support for many of her policy proposals, which, although they might not yet realize it, will help them and their families. 

gadem
gadem

@Citizen-of-the-World @St Simons he-ne-ha they don't realize it. She has Joe Biden campaigning with her....he can get reach them. Bubba don't like women leading...Bubba likes his woman in the kitchen fixing him a sammich and in the bedroom having his babies.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

@Citizen-of-the-World @St Simons he-ne-ha yes yes yes

of course she will help bubba more than the sociopath con artists, but admitting you backed the wrong horse, admitting you got conned for 35 yrs is hard for bubba, he's too proud. it'a tough nut to crack, but if anybody can do it she can. I hope she doesn't give up on that demo, i still have faith that the light will come on and all we'll have to do is pull bubba off the con artists when the rage hits him

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

To Debbie from below.  I pay no heed to "degrees" earned, Debbie, although I have 2 degrees myself.


It is the book of 800 pages by black historian Dr. Annette Gordon Reed that will give you the full picture of Thomas Jefferson and also Dr. Saul Padover's book , "Jefferson."  Ferlings' book on the election of 1800 only gives a paragraph or two about the relationship of Jefferson to his slaves.  I am not writing out of thin air and my imagination, but of the research through books which I have read and thoroughly digested.  I do not see anyone as a cardbroad caricature, good or bad, and never will.  We all have good and bad elements in our natures.  One puts all of that in perspective as a historian.  Really, please stop labeling me as seeing Jefferson through rose-tinted glasses.  I think I see the man about as well as anyone could based on the volumnmous readings I have done on his life and the thinking I have done in relation to that life and those times.  Really got to go.  Debbie, but I wish you well, especially with the blessings of your twins!

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@MaryElizabethSings - If you put no stock  into "degrees earned" perhaps you may perchance put stock into ,"allowing yourself to think that maybe someone is as smart as you", or  try "not talking down to them".  That may help.  

As for Dr. Reed, I have read her book, and she seems to be, IMO, as infatuated with the pretense of a love match between Hemmings and Jefferson as you are.  

Thanks for your blessings.  Good luck and goodbye.

lvg
lvg

Putin gets his first US intelligence briefing:


"""Donald Trump offered a blunt explanation for why he wants retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn at his side as he gets his first classified briefing at FBI headquarters on Wednesday — he doesn't trust intelligence information coming from those currently in charge.

"I think he's a great guy. I've gotten to know him. He's been a real fan of mine and defender of mine and he's a terrific guy, a terrific general — tough, smart. Feels like I do about illegal immigration, in particular," Trump told Fox News' Ainsley Earhardt in Milwaukee on Tuesday night. "He wants to make sure the right people are coming into our country, not the people that we're probably taking in right now. We don't even know who we're taking in. I mean, we have people coming into our country, we have no idea who they are, where they come from and he's somebody that I believe in."



Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/trump-us-intelligence-briefing-227109#ixzz4HcRCEB55 


Flynn has repeatedly made appearance on RT  news and dined with Putin..
 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/08/15/trump-adviser-michael-t-flynn-on-his-dinner-with-putin-and-why-russia-today-is-just-like-cnn/

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@lvg - Shows once again how incredibly DUMB and DIM the DONALD is!  Just because a guy is a General, doesn't mean he has the security clearance to be debriefed at the same level as a potential President!

Especially if that person has been out of the military for a while. He'd need to be cleared, (thoroughly), all over again.  A process that could take months!!

DaltonbywayofBickley
DaltonbywayofBickley

@lvg So, he smears every person immigrating into the U.S. right now, because they won't be undergoing his enhanced interr ... um, rather, extreme, extreme vetting.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

Nate had to change his whole graph & add a 100% chance line.


ohh hahahahaha hohohohoho heeeheee

Susan Smith
Susan Smith

I'm not so sure. Think the media wants you to believe that and the D.C. establishment who's government cash cow is finally threatened.

Susan Smith
Susan Smith

Oh it has been done before. Nothing new. Final play of the game, fresh blood.

Qasim Jabbar
Qasim Jabbar

This late in the presidential run you don't go changing and shaking up your campaign runners if everything is going great