Last night, in 1% African-American West Bend, Wisconsin, Donald Trump read aloud his second “teleprompter speech” in as many days. Billed as a Law-and-Order speech, it was recognized among the GOP cognoscenti as an historic outreach to African-American voters, like never seen before:
“Consider how dangerous that was,” Giuliani said. “Going into Milwaukee in the middle of the riot and talking about law and order, but also talking about what needs to be done to help minority communities, African-American communities, poor communities, to come out of the situation that they’re in.”
“I think this is the best speech that any Republican, at least, has ever given,” Giuliani said of Trump’s address Tuesday night.
Poor Abe! Poor TR! Poor Ike! Poor Ronnie! The GOP pantheon brought low….
The very next day, however, Our Liberal Media shifted focus entirely, ignoring this ahistoric rehash of Richard Nixon’s 1968 anti-crime speechifying to instead cover minor changes in the Trump Campaign™.
LAS VEGAS — Donald J. Trump has shaken up his presidential campaign for the second time in two months, hiring a top executive from the conservative website Breitbart News and promoting a senior adviser in an effort to right his faltering campaign.
Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News LLC, will become the Republican campaign’s chief executive, and Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser and pollster for Mr. Trump and his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, will become the campaign manager.
Who is Steve Bannon? Why, only the most dangerous political operative in America, according to Bloomberg News:
Bannon’s life is a succession of Gatsbyish reinventions that made him rich and landed him squarely in the middle of the 2016 presidential race: He’s been a naval officer, investment banker, minor Hollywood player, and political impresario. When former Disney chief Michael Ovitz’s empire was falling to pieces, Bannon sat Ovitz down in his living room and delivered the news that he was finished. When Sarah Palin was at the height of her fame, Bannon was whispering in her ear. When Donald Trump decided to blow up the Republican presidential field, Bannon encouraged his circus-like visit to the U.S.-Mexico border. John Boehner just quit as House speaker because of the mutinous frenzy Bannon and his confederates whipped up among conservatives. Today, backed by mysterious investors and a stream of Seinfeld royalties, he sits at the nexus of what Hillary Clinton once dubbed “the vast right-wing conspiracy,” where he and his network have done more than anyone else to complicate her presidential ambitions—and they plan to do more. But this “conspiracy,” at least under Bannon, has mutated into something different from what Clinton described: It’s as eager to go after establishment Republicans such as Boehner or Jeb Bush as Democrats like Clinton.
Just the kind of guy to help Donald Trump pivot to being presidential in the general election, wouldn’t you say? A Palin-whisperer!
Roger Ailes righted the Reagan campaign with his cri du coeur: “Let Ronnie Be Ronnie!”
The question, three decades later: will “Let Donnie Be Donnie!” resonate as well?