The Politex Report #1220


"...The key issues are trust and loyalty. By having subordinates tell lies on his behalf, Trump accomplishes two things:

Both of these things allow Trump to do a better job of operating in a low-trust environment. Any Republican who is willing to publicly echo Trump’s lies does two things. One is that he proves he is willing to incur costs to his personal reputation in order to defend Trump. The other is that having in fact borne costs to his personal reputation, he objectively ties up his success with Trump’s."

--Goodfellas: The best theory for why Trump tells such obvious lies: It's a Mafia test.


"Trump’s tactics in his war with the media bears some of the hallmarks of Stephen K. Bannon, his chief strategist and the former executive chairman of the “alt-right” (viz white supremacist) site Breitbart News, said Kurt Bardella, Breitbart’s spokesman until last year.

“There is no question that Trump’s confrontational and combative tone towards the media is choreographed by Bannon,” said Bardella, a former congressional aide who heads a Washington communications firm. “It’s textbook Breitbart. If the facts aren’t on your side, attack the gatekeepers of the facts. . . . From Team Trump’s perspective, they won this way and have no rationale to change their winning playbook. Their objective will be to cast as much doubt as possible on traditional sources of information to ensure the environment is ripe for them to win in 2020.”

In fact, in an interview with the New York Times Wednesday evening, Bannon called the news media, not the Democratic Party, “the opposition party” of the Trump administration. “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while,” he said. He added, “The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country."

--Trump/Bannon ‘war’ with the media (and the facts) forces journalists to question their role - WP


Trump Chief Lie House Strategist Steve Bannon Says Media Is the Opposition and Should ‘Keep Its Mouth Shut’ NYT

Donald Trump channels Steve Bannon in inaugural address

Lie House Concedes That Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller Wrote Much of Trump’s Speech | Mediaite

Joe: Trump's volatile weekend: 'The show has begun really badly' "Fire" Steve Bannon! MSNBC


D.C. businesses embrace diversity for inaugural weekend — but not Bannon's white nationalists - WP


Steve Bannon registered to vote in two states despite Trump's cries of 'voter fraud'

Trump adviser Bannon registered to vote in two states – which US President wrongly calls voter fraud. (Fire Bannon!)

Like Steve Bannon, Tiffany Trump is Registered to Vote in Two States | Mediaite

Both Trump's Treasury pick, Steven Mnuchin, and top aide Steve Bannon are registered to vote in two states


Bannon vs. Preibus: Rocky First Weekend for Trump Troubles Even His Top Aides. NYT

Steve Bannon hires Breitbart writer Julia Hahn, one of Paul Ryan’s fiercest critics, as a White House aide