Former Breitbart News editor-at-large and all-around brilliant conservative badass Ben Shapiro sharply reacted to the flailing Donald Trump campaign strangely hiring Breitbart CEO Stephen K. Bannon as his campaign’s “CEO” on Wednesday.
Shapiro, who now runs The Daily Wire, wrote a scathing piece about the move in which he described Bannon as a “sinister character.” He appeared on CNN to discuss this issue and held nothing back.
“I think it’s a final consummation of a romance [between Trump and Bannon] that Steve initiated years ago with Donald Trump,” said Shapiro, who worked closely with both Bannon as well as the late, great conservative icon Andrew Breitbart.
“Steve has always wanted, in my opinion, to be very close to power. He’s latched onto politicians ranging from Michele Bachmann to Sarah Palin, to media figures like Andrew Breitbart and now to Donald Trump and so he’s gotten what he wants,” Shapiro explained.
Ben Shapiro, who left the Breitbart organization in March during the time that Breitbart was transforming into “Trumpbart,” then proclaimed that Andrew Breitbart, who spoke out often about the “Democrat Media Complex” (on a personal note, having been a big fan of Andrew Breitbart’s, I still use the phrase in order to keep it alive), would not be accepting of the “Republican” propaganda version or the marriage between a political figure and a supposed media company.
“It does demonstrate the Republican — or Trump Media Complex — that Bannon has helped to create, in direct contravention of what Andrew Breitbart once called the ‘Democrat Media Complex.’
Andrew spent a lot of talking about how the Democrat Media Complex was a terrible, terrible thing — the unspoken assumption that all the members of the media were on the Left, but they just wouldn’t say it — they’d pretend to be objective.
And know, you know, I guess, on the Right we have the same thing with Breitbart and Trump.”
In Ben Shapiro’s hard-hitting piece in The Daily Wire today, he declared that Steve Bannon has “turned Breitbart into Trump Pravda for his own personal gain.”
In March, upon exiting Breitbart News, Shapiro had the following to say about Bannon, stating that he’d transformed the organization into being precisely the opposite of what Andrew Breitbart envisioned.
“Andrew built his life and his career on one mission: fight the bullies. But Andrew’s life mission has been betrayed. Indeed, Breitbart News, under the chairmanship of Steve Bannon, has put a stake through the heart of Andrew’s legacy.
In my opinion, Steve Bannon is a bully, and has sold out Andrew’s mission in order to back another bully, Donald Trump; he has shaped the company into Trump’s personal Pravda…the facts are undeniable: Breitbart News has become precisely the reverse of what Andrew would have wanted. Steve Bannon and those who follow his lead should be ashamed of themselves.”
Shapiro also connected the dots, opining that assuming Trump loses to Hillary Clinton, the worst and most corrupt Democrat candidate arguably in history, Trump is laying the groundwork for a new TV network, with both Steve Bannon and disgraced former FOX News head Roger Ailes, recently ousted after being accused by several women of sexual misconduct, at the helm.
As PolitiStick’s Jennifer Burke reported very early Wednesday morning, the move by the Trump campaign also downplays the role of controversial Putin-linked Paul Manafort, who reportedly was in favor of having Trump moderate his rhetoric and tone. Bannon is seen as being more in the “let Trump be Trump” mold.
At 3:24 Eastern, in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, NBC News reported on major staffing changes within the Trump campaign. Russian-linked Paul Manafort is out as campaign manager. He will instead serve as campaign chair. Senior advisor to the campaign Kellyanne Conway, a former staunch Cruz supporter, has been named the new campaign manager. Those two moves, however, are not the outright hypocritical ones.