Wednesday, August 17, 2016

'Not the Easiest Person to Get Along With; He has a Volatile Temper'

This is how Ted Cruz's former campaign manager, Rick Tyler, describes Steve Bannon, Trump's new campaign manager.

Donald Trump's new campaign CEO Stephen Bannon is "a little controversial," Ted Cruz's former campaign spokesman Rick Tyler said Wednesday.

"You probably hear from a lot of people who have worked with Bannon that he's not the easiest person to get along with. He has a very volatile temper," Tyler said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Noting that Bannon, who is temporarily stepping away from his role with Breitbart News, has "never worked on a campaign," Tyler added, "we'll see if he's actually there to manage a campaign when he's never done one before. We'll see."

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Trump doesn't want to change, and this is not changing, it's doubling down.

"When Sarah Palin was at the height of her fame, Bannon was whispering in her ear." @business, from last October."

"It’s nearing midnight as Steve Bannon pushes past the bluegrass band in his living room and through a crowd of Republican congressmen, political operatives, and a few stray Duck Dynasty cast members. He’s trying to make his way back to the SiriusXM Patriot radio show, broadcasting live from a cramped corner of the 14-room townhouse he occupies a stone’s throw from the Supreme Court. It’s late February, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference is in full swing, and Bannon, as usual, is the whirlwind at the center of the action."

"Bannon is the executive chairman of Breitbart News, the crusading right-wing populist website that’s a lineal descendant of the Drudge Report (its late founder, Andrew Breitbart, spent years apprenticing with Matt Drudge) and a haven for people who think Fox News is too polite and restrained. He’d spent the day at CPAC among the conservative faithful, zipping back and forth between his SiriusXM booth and an unlikely pair of guests he was squiring around: Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain’s right-wing UKIP party, and Phil Robertson, the bandanna’d, ayatollah-bearded Duck Dynasty patriarch who was accepting a free-speech award. CPAC is a beauty contest for Republican presidential hopefuls. But Robertson, a novelty adornment invited after A&E suspended him for denouncing gays, delivered a wild rant about “beatniks” and sexually transmitted diseases that upstaged them all, to Bannon’s evident delight. “If there’s an explosion or a fire somewhere,” says Matthew Boyle, Breitbart’s Washington political editor, “Steve’s probably nearby with some matches.” Afterward, everyone piled into party buses and headed for the townhouse.

That's been Trump's problem until now. He hasn't thrown enough arson onto things. Bannon probably will like this guy:

"Wow. Trump adviser Al Baldasaro doubles down on HRC: "She should be shot in a firing squad."

See how the media took what Baldasaro said out of context? The media unfairly claimed he wanted Hillary to be assassinated but he only called for her to be executed.

"Bannon, an ex-Goldman Sachs banker, is the sort of character who would stand out anywhere, but especially in the drab environs of Washington. A mile-a-minute talker who thrums with energy, his sentences speed off ahead of him and spin out into great pileups of nouns, verbs, and grins. With his swept-back blond hair and partiality to cargo shorts and flip-flops, he looks like Jeff Spicoli after a few decades of hard living, and he employs “dude” just as readily."

"Ordinarily, Bannon’s townhouse is crypt-quiet and feels like a museum, as it’s faithfully decorated down to its embroidered silk curtains and painted murals in authentic Lincoln-era detail. When I first stopped by in January, about the only sign that I hadn’t teleported back to the 1860s was a picture on the mantle of a smiling woman on a throne with a machine gun in her lap (it was Bannon’s daughter Maureen, a West Point grad and lieutenant in the 101st Airborne Division; the throne belonged to Saddam Hussein—or once did). Until Bannon showed up, the only sounds I heard were faint noises from the basement, which might have been the young women he calls the Valkyries, after the war goddesses of Norse mythology who decided soldiers’ fates in battle. More on them later."

Bannon and Trump can bond over Saddam Hussein as well. Also, both perhaps have an unhealthy attraction to their daughters.

"On this February night, however, the party is roaring. Along with his CPAC triumph, a secret project he’d conceived was nearing fruition: His lawyers were almost finished vetting a book about Bill and Hillary Clinton’s murky financial dealings that he’s certain will upend the presidential race. “Dude, it’s going to be epic,” he tells me. I sip my “moonshine”—his wink at the Dynasty guests—and wonder, as people often do, whether Bannon is nuts. On my way out, the doorman hands me a gift: a silver hip flask with “Breitbart” printed above an image of a honey badger, the insouciant African predator of YouTube fame whose catchphrase, “Honey badger don’t give a s---,” is the Breitbart motto."

They wonder if he's nuts. Another coincidence: people wonder the same about Donald Trump all the time.

Bannon thinks Fox is too 'politically correct' and sees opportunity in its fall.

"For Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen Bannon, this week’s dramatic shake-up at Fox News could be good news for his “populist, nationalist site.”

“I think the Murdochs are going to have radical changes at Fox, and we believe that we’re going to be the beneficiaries of all that,” Bannon told The Huffington Post.

"Fox News CEO Roger Ailes is currently negotiating his exit in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal and it’s unclear who will succeed the mastermind behind the conservative network’s rise over the past two decades. Parent company 21st Century Fox may stay the course, given the channel’s continued ratings dominance, or install a top executive who would depart from Ailes’ vision."

"Bannon, whom Businessweek dubbed “the most dangerous political operative in America,” said he already considers Fox to be “not nearly as right-wing or conservative as Breitbart.” And he expects the channel to veer left post-Ailes as James and Lachlan Murdoch ― who now run the media giant with 85-year-old father Rupert ― increasingly exert control.

“Whatever happens with Roger Ailes, whether he leaves tomorrow or he leaves when his contract runs out, there’s no doubt that they’re going to select people like [ABC News veteran and current Fox News executive Michael] Clemente, people from mainstream media and that is going to be a [shift toward] center, center-left,” he said. “We think it’s the single biggest business opportunity for Breitbart.”

As Jamil Smith puts it:

"This move to Bannon also feels like Trump's ultimate "I'm not locked in here with you; you're locked in here with me" signal to the @GOP."

"I have to think Trump's move to Bannon and Conway gives GOP endorsers another out. He's going full kamikaze here. You want to go with him?"

Hillary Trumps Trump on winning:

"Well, for one thing, the athletes win. “Watching Team USA rack up medal after medal in Rio de Janeiro is what the United States is all about, self-described ‘big Olympics fan’ Hillary Clinton declared Tuesday, drawing a direct contrast between the quadrennial summer competition and Donald Trump.” Trump just doesn’t win anymore."

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