Donald Trump made some very questionable decisions during the 2016 presidential campaigns, all of which he justifies now with a shrug since his dishonesty worked out well for him. Whether or not those decisions had grave effects on the country does not concern the new president. Winning the election was all that mattered.
One of his most controversial decisions was the hiring of Breitbart executive and founding board member, Steve Bannon. Bannon, after all, led a fake news website peddling insane conspiracy theories with an openly racist, sexist, and xenophobic platform before becoming the CEO of Trump’s presidential campaign and then chief strategist to the Trump White House.
In light of recent news showing that others in Trump’s administration are having trouble working with Bannon, particularly Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, Trump has now decided to insist that he doesn’t really know Bannon all that well, and didn’t know him at all before hiring him to run his presidential campaign.
In a Tuesday interview with The New York Post, Trump said that:
‘I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late. I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve. I’m my own strategist, and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary.’
Not one bit of that is true, however.
PolitiFact rated Trump’s claim that he didn’t really “know Steve” before hiring him as his campaign CEO “Pants on Fire,” and with good reason.
When Trump announced that he was both hiring Steve Bannon and promoting Kellyanne Conway to key positions within his campaign, he told an entirely different story about his relationship with the Breitbart executive.
‘I have known Steve and Kellyanne both for many years. They are extremely capable, highly qualified people who love to win and know how to win.’
Just like Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort, once he became a threat to the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency in light of his alleged collusion with Russia, suddenly Bannon was never all that important to the campaign. In fact, Trump never really knew him, either.
PolitiFact rated the Manafort claims with another “Pants on Fire” rating, also. What else is new from the man who is easily the most dishonest person to sit inside the White House?
For video of the announcement of Bannon’s role in the Trump campaign, see below:
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