When Paul Manafort took the helm of the Trump presidential campaign, Republican Party pros were relieved. Here was a guy whose lobbying firm made torturers and tyrants look warm and fuzzy, or at least nearly human. He had done it for Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines. For Jonas Savimbi of Angola. Even Mobutu Sese Seko. Surely he could make Donald Trump look … almost normal.
But Mr. Trump isn’t Nigeria’s Sani Abacha, Somalia’s Siad Barre, or Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovych. He’s Donald Trump, and doesn’t want a makeover. He likes being Donald Trump, whose outrageous, erratic behavior made him the terror of the GOP playground and won him the nomination. He thinks he can win the presidency the same way, so he doesn’t want to change. Or maybe he just can’t change. In any case he yanked Paul Manafort from the campaign’s driver’s seat and installed Breitbart bad boy Stephen Bannon as his campaign’s CEO, someone as irresponsible as he is. Mr. Bannon will applaud and double-down on every bizarre Trump statement and conspiracy theory. The Trump-Bannon campaign should complete the meltdown of the Republican Party.
“Trump shakes up campaign, demotes top adviser,” Robert Costa, Jose A. DelReal and Jenna Johnson, Washington Post
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