The Clinton campaign said it was now expecting more of the kind of ugly, conspiracy-theory driven attacks from the Republicans that they have faced throughout the campaign, calling the shake-up a sign that Trump has "decided to double down on his most small, nasty and divisive instincts."
Speaking with reporters, campaign manager Robby Mook focused most on Breitbart chief Stephen Bannon's role in the campaign, noting the Southern Poverty Law Center's rebuke of his "so-called news site" for veering into racist and anti-Semitic postings.
"No matter how much the establishment wants to clean Donald Trump up, get him on teleprompter and get him on message, he has officially won the fight to let Trump be Trump," Mook said. "He keeps telling us who he is. It is time for us to believe him."
Donald Trump's campaign shake-up won't change his nature, a top backer of Hillary Clinton warned Wednesday.
Trump announced that Breitbart News executive Steve Bannon will run his campaign. But Trump's temperament is what really concerns voters, argued Paul Begala, a former aide to Bill Clinton who now heads the main super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton's presidential run.
“He plows right through that fence, he goes and bites the neighbor’s kid or … the POW, or the disabled folks, right, or people from Mexico or people who are Muslims,” Begala said on CNN’s “New Day.” “This is all about Trump.”
Donald Trump's newest campaign leaders “want to win at all costs,” former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Wednesday.
Lewandowski was fired in June and replaced by Paul Manafort, who will stay on but will no longer run the campaign after Trump hired Breitbart News’ Steve Bannon as CEO and Kellyanne Conway as campaign manager.
Bannon's hiring suggests that Trump wants to return to the looser style of campaigning he did under Lewandowski. Manafort's hiring in June was portrayed as a desire to make the campaign more disciplined and in line with what Republican Party leaders sought.
Donald Trump's new campaign chief executive comes from Breitbart, a media outlet so friendly to Trump that even conservative critics have labeled it "Trumpbart."
Amid the heated GOP primary season, The Times' Matt Pearce examined how, under Bannon, the site helped fulfill founder Andrew Breitbart's prediction that Republicans would eventually cede their party to a celebrity candidate.
But the pro-Trump editorial direction of the site also caused a deep division within Breitbart's site that he did not predict, Pearce wrote.
Brian Williams is getting a new — and for now temporary — late-night news program, his first regular time slot since joining MSNBC.
Starting in September, the former “NBC Nightly News” anchor will helm a live wrap-up of the day’s political coverage at 11 p.m. ET. According to an MSNBC executive not authorized to comment publicly on the matter, the program will run through the presidential election in November.
Donald Trump's new campaign CEO, Steve Bannon, brings with him from conservative news operation Breitbart News a combative and feisty personality.
Bloomberg News has a good look at Bannon, its reporter having spent time with him last year just as the wild Republican primary season was heating up. Bannon did stints as a Hollywood producer and investment banker before getting into politics, spurred in part by the 9/11 attacks; he met website founder Andrew Breitbart at a screening of a documentary Bannon made about former President Reagan, "In the Face of Evil."
His ascension into Trump's inner circle comes from his full-throated backing of the nominee; during Trump's campaign, Bannon has steered Breitbart to a decidedly pro-Trump bent, and not without controversy.
Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte may be voting for Donald Trump, but she really doesn’t like talking about it.
Unfortunately for the New Hampshire senator — and several of her GOP colleagues in battleground states — it’s a question that keeps coming up.
“Listen, I’ve said what my position is,” she said with slight exasperation during an interview at a campaign stop in her hometown of Nashua to help volunteers stuff care packages for overseas military troops.
Republican Donald Trump has shaken up his campaign again, it was revealed Wednesday, bringing in Breitbart News' Stephen Bannon as chief executive and promoting pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager.
The move comes just 82 days before the November election and represents yet another overhaul of the organization in a tumultuous quest for the White House.
In a brief phone interview with the Associated Press early Wednesday, Trump confirmed the news, calling the pair "big people" who he said would help him defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the fall.
After a year of waging a campaign marked by divisive and racially coded rhetoric, Donald Trump delivered his first overt plea to African Americans on Tuesday night, vowing to improve schools, create jobs and foster safer communities.
Trump, speaking 30 miles from a Milwaukee neighborhood engulfed in riots and protests over the weekend in the wake of the shooting of a black man by a police officer, said he would restore safety within inner cities beset by violence, while castigating Democrats as out of touch with the needs of minority voters.
“Our job is to not make life more comfortable for the rioter or the robber or the looter,” said Trump to supporters in West Bend, Wis., a city where the black population hovers around 1%, according to recent Census data. “Our job is to make life more comfortable for the African American parent who wants their kids to be able to safely — safely — walk the streets and walk to school. Or the senior citizen waiting for a bus.”