Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Daily Trumpeter: Campaign shakeup and more

Second Trump campaign shakeup signals more nastiness. The NY Times reports who is in and who is (kind of) out.. "Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News LLC, will become the Republican campaign’s chief executive, and Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser and pollster for Mr. Trump and his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, will become the campaign manager. Paul Manafort, the campaign chairman, will retain his title. But the staffing change, hammered out on Sunday and set to be formally announced Wednesday morning, was seen by some as a demotion for Mr. Manafort." Bannon is a "type of bare-knuckled fighter" whose appointment signals that Trump "has decided to embrace his aggressive style for the duration of the race." To top it off, Roger Aisles, deposed CEO of Faux News, is reported by the Times to be Trump's debate addvisor.

GOP leaders abandon Trump, want his RNC funding stopped. Here are two from rollingstone.com. 123 Republican Leaders Urge RNC to Cut Off Funding to Trump. "We believe that Donald Trump's divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence, and record-breaking unpopularity risk turning this election into a Democratic landslide" GOP Defectors: Every High-Profile Republican Who Refuses to Back Trump. "So far 113 Republicans who've worked in government have said publicly they won't vote for the GOP nominee."

GOP lawmakers want answers about Ru$$ia ties. Steve Benen reports:

The latest revelations surrounding Donald Trump’s presidential campaign team and ties to pro-Putin forces abroad have sparked plenty of interest. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, yesterday urged the Republican nominee to “immediately disclose any payments by pro-Putin groups to his campaign chairman or other key staff, and assure the American public that these payments have not influenced his campaign proposals or any action he might take in the White House.”

This morning, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) also appeared on CNN and said, “I want to know what money [Manafort] got from a pro-Russian organization in the Ukraine.”

Scriber notes: Whether this is just prophylactic talk for CYA purposes remains to be seen. Watch for congressional action, not words.

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