Richard J. Cross III is a former political communications aide and speechwriter who lives in Baltimore. He wrote this for the Baltimore Sun:
I am a lifelong political animal and a longtime Maryland Republican. I worked on the staffs of Maryland Congresswoman Helen Bentley and Congressman/Gov. Bob Ehrlich. I also served on the GOP staff of the House Financial Services Committee.
I have lived my life, proudly, as a political moderate striving to make a positive contribution in and around the political arena — not an easy feat in deep blue Maryland, where an insular Democratic establishment has dominated state politics until very recently. But I have always been GOP to the core.
He's never met Donald Trump or talked with the Republican nominee on the phone.
Yet Peter Navarro, a 67-year-old UC Irvine professor who ran unsuccessfully four times for public office as a Democrat, is now one of the leading voices on Trump’s economic advisory team.
After Trump’s big economic speech in Detroit this month, it was Navarro who launched the most public defense of Trumponomics, sparring with Hillary Clinton backers in a series of national news programs.
Hillary Clinton dismissed Donald Trump's campaign restructuring as incidental, saying the real problem is the candidate himself.
At a campaign event in Cleveland on Wednesday, the Democrat cited poet Maya Angelou -- as she has often throughout the campaign during various Trump controversies: "When someone shows you who they are, believe them."
"I think it's fair to say that Donald Trump has shown us who he is," Clinton continued. "He can hire and fire anyone he wants from his campaign; they can make him read new words from a teleprompter. But he is still the same man who insults Gold Star families, demeans women, mocks people with disabilities, and thinks he knows more about ISIS than our generals."
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.