Trump’s True Colors
Trump showed us who he really is by letting a right-wing conspiracy theorist lead his campaign.
By Peter Fenn | Contributor US News and World Report
Aug. 24, 2016, at 10:25 a.m.
I have a confession: For several years I have been getting Breitbart News in my daily emails. No, I am not a crazy, closeted, right-wing conspiracy theorist; I just want to know what they are thinking.
It is not pleasant reading. It is not easy to experience the level of vitriol or the complete lack of fact-based theories and analysis. But thank goodness I have low blood pressure so it doesn’t set me into red-faced overdrive. But, I have to say, with the latest twists and turns in the Trump campaign, I am getting there!
For years we have seen conservative Republicans pushed to the side and vilified, be they Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Kevin McCarthy or, now, Speaker Paul Ryan. Democrats, of course, are responsible for the collapse of the Western world and the fact that your car won’t start in the morning, and everything in-between.
The one solution to all your problems, and the world’s, is, naturally, Donald Trump.
What we are experiencing with the latest Trump merry-go-round staff shake-up is a classic good cop, bad cop routine. Breitbart head Stephen Bannon takes over the slash and burn, angry, tear into Hillary Clinton part of the campaign. Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway is supposed to present the softer side. But it is clear that despite his words about “regrets” or his appeal to African-Americans before an almost entirely white audience, Trump is the Breitbart candidate.
The Breitbart headlines are legend. One that attacked conservative Bill Kristol for not supporting Trump read: “Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew.” Doom and gloom is their specialty. “Your IRA or 401-k is now worthless,” the site said in 2015. And, of course, there is always something for sale on the site. In July, Breitbart started peddling a t-shirt that Trump must just love, despite his supposed waffling on immigration: “Breitbart Border Wall Construction Co.” emblazoned with a colorful wall.
On David Duke’s recent radio show, his racist ally, Don Advo, said “So, something astonishing has happened, we appear to have taken over the Republican Party.” Duke agreed that they and Trump and Breitbart seem to have “the rank and file” but that “boll weevils are still in those cotton balls.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center traces Bannon’s takeover of Breitbart to a “noticeable shift toward embracing ideas on the extremist fringe of the conservative right. Racist ideas. Anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant ideas.”
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Now he joins the campaign at the top of Trump Tower, ready to do for the country what he did at Breitbart: spread conspiracy theories, demonize Republicans and Democrats alike and attack with a constant flood of lies and distortions that are consistently disproven. My favorite was Breitbart’s constant attacks against the Khan family’s patriotism after the Democratic convention.
Most of Breitbart falls on deaf ears, but the fact that Bannon is now in charge of the Trump campaign should give us real pause when we hear scripted lines from Kellyanne Conway’s laptop about a “kindler, gentler” candidate. The real Donald Trump may actually be worse than we thought: a manipulative, say anything, do anything, 21st century P.T Barnum who, as we have said before, believes that there’s a sucker born every minute.