Donald Trump, the Republican National Committee, and everyone surrounding the Trump campaign keep insisting that there are no problems, that there are no shake-ups, that nothing is wrong. However, that does not seem to be the case. In just the last two days, major changes have been made to Trump’s top campaign staff, the most notable of which was his hiring of Stephen Bannon, the head of alt-right rag Breitbart. Bannon is a scary character, overtly bigoted, and anyone who has seen the cesspool of right-wing bile that is Breitbart knows that he’ll fit right in with the Trump campaign.
Now, as if that wasn’t enough of a late-in-the-game campaign shake-up for Trump, Paul Manafort has resigned as Trump’s campaign chair. This is the guy who was supposed to be able to moderate Trump, but he was also a problem because he drew a direct link and line between the Trump campaign and Russia, with his shady connections and dealings with pro-Russia Ukrainian politicians.
The Trump campaign is, of course, trying to spin this as something positive, even though we all know that with the hiring of Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, Manafort had been shuffled aside and had no real power any longer. Despite that well-known public knowledge, this is what the campaign had to say in a statement:
This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign. I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process. Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.
Well, there ya have it folks. Keep popping that popcorn, and see what happens with Steve Bannon as Trump’s “let Trump be Trump” campaign CEO and pollster Kellyanne Conway as his new campaign manager. Looks like Manafort got off this sinking ship while the getting was good, and can go back to being a Russian operative.
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