Shapiro: Trump's Plan B Could Be a 'New Media Empire' With Stephen Bannon, Roger Ailes, and Sean Hannity
Ben Shapiro, former editor-at-large at Breitbart News, argued that Donald Trump's hiring of Breitbart CEO Stephen K. Bannon as his new campaign chairman suggests that the GOP nominee's plan B could be the creation of a new media empire.
"Trump's campaign strategy could be the launch of a new media outlet," Shapiro wrote Wednesday, after the Trump campaign reported a leadership shakeup promoting Bannon, his former colleague. "If Trump wins, [Bannon is] in a position of high power; if Trump loses, Bannon could head up a new media empire with Trump's support and the involvement of new Trump supporter and outsted former Fox News head Roger Ailes. Look for Sean Hannity to be a part of any such endeavor."
Shapiro described Bannon as "a legitimately sinister figure," and warned that "many former employees of Breitbart News are afraid" of him.
He is a vindictive, nasty figure, infamous for verbally abusing supposed friends and threatening enemies. Bannon is a smarter version of Trump: he's an aggressive self-promoter who name-drops to heighten his profile and woo bigger names, and then uses those bigger names as stepping stools to his next destination. ...
He will attempt to ruin anyone who impedes his unending ambition, and he will use anyone bigger than he is — for example, Donald Trump — to get where he wants to go. Bannon knows that in the game of thrones, you win or you die. And he certainly doesn't intend to die. He'll kill everyone else before he goes.
"I joked with friends months ago that by the end of the campaign, Steve Bannon would be running Trump's campaign from a bunker," Shapiro added. "That's now reality."
Using this credibility, the former Breitbart editor argued that Bannon's leadership of the outlet followed the exact flirtation with power that Andrew Breitbart would have abhorred. "Andrew Breitbart used his memoir, Righteous Indignation, to target one thing above all else: what he called the Democrat-Media Complex," Shapiro explained. "He hated the merger of Democrats and the media, and particularly despised their lie of objectivity."
"Brietbart News never claimed to be objective," the former editor conceded. "But until Trump won the nomination, leadership at Breitbart News maintained that they had not become a loudspeaker for Trumpism. That was obviously a lie, and one Breitbart would hate. HATE. Now, it's clear that Breitbart News is indeed Bannon.com and Trumpbart News. That's pathetic and disgusting."
Next Page: If Shapiro's right, my prediction from last July was eerily accurate.