Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss
– THE WHO: “Won’t Get Fooled Again” written by Peter Townshend, 1971
Garbage in, garbage out.
With Donald Trump’s campaign becoming more and more of a damn shambles with each passing day, on August 19, 2016, campaign chairman Paul Manafort announced his resignation. The news follows reports that Manafort organized protests in 2006 on behalf of the now-defunct Russophile Party of Regions against a NATO exercise in Ukraine, one of which saw rocks being thrown at U.S. Marines and their vehicles, and an Associated Press report that Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates helped the Party of Regions clandestinely route at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012. Because Manafort neither publicly declared his role as a lobbyist on behalf of a foreign power nor consulted with the U.S. Justice department about his actions, both federal felonies, he is liable for a fine up to $250,000 and five years in prison.
Manafort’s departure comes two months after Trump sacked his previous campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski as a result of concerns over Lewandowski’s leadership methodology and strained relations between himself and Donald Trump.
Inevitably, Twitter users could not resist indulging in schadenfreude:
New: Manafort resigns from Trump campaign.
Trump effectively now on to his 3rd campaign manager
— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) August 19, 2016
gotta love the spin that shedding Manafort for incendiary alt-right conspiracist Bannon is a stabilizing mainstreaming of Trump campaign
— Philip Gourevitch (@PGourevitch) August 19, 2016
Heavenly Father, I have one request. Keep me alive long enough to see the first Manafort/Lewandowski segment on CNN.
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 19, 2016
Paul Manafort goodbye party pic.twitter.com/RUPxvCAvAy
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) August 19, 2016
Immediately after Manafort stepped down, Trump installed former Breitbart News boss Stephen Bannon as his new campaign CEO on August 17. In addition to characterizing Bannon as opportunistic, social-climbing, vindictive, aggressive, verbally abusive and sinister, former Breitbart News editor-at-large Ben Shapiro, who resigned following the website’s indifferent treatment of reporter Michelle Fields in the wake of her alleged assault by Lewandowski, noted that Bannon is pandering to white supremacists through his embrace of Donald Trump’s candidacy.
“Andrew Breitbart despised racism. Truly despised it. He used to brag regularly about helping to integrate his fraternity at Tulane University. He insisted that racial stories be treated with special care to avoid even the whiff of racism. With Bannon embracing Trump, all that changed. Now Breitbart has become the alt-right go-to website, with [Milo] Yiannopoulos pushing white ethno-nationalism as a legitimate response to political correctness, and the comment section turning into a cesspool for white supremacist mememakers.”
Additionally, Kurt Bardella, a former Breitbart spokesman, appearing on ABC News’ Powerhouse Politics podcast, mentioned that Stephen Bannon regularly made derogatory comments about non-whites, immigrants and women during conference calls involving Breitbart staff.
“If anyone sat there and listened to that call, you’d think that you were attending a white supremacist rally… Bannon is someone who has a very low moral compass… and the idea that this is the type of person that Donald Trump, as the Republican nominee, as president, would have closest to him is very disturbing.”
Considering the appointment of Stephen Bannon as the head of Donald Trump’s campaign alongside the 2016 Republican Convention platform being hostile to the LGBT community and Donald Trump’s adversarial attitude toward Muslims and undocumented immigrants, it is painfully apparent that the Republican Party and its principal voter base has fully lapsed into blatant fascism.