The Hillary Clinton campaign has been turning up the heat on new Donald Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon. In an ad aired last week, the Clinton campaign uses KKK imagery to tie Bannon and the Alt-Right to white nationalist neo-Nazis. In a speech in Reno, Nevada on Thursday, Clinton accused Trump of giving a megaphone to a “paranoid fringe … steeped in racial resentment.”
On Sunday, Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway responded to Clinton’s accusations during an appearance on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. Asked whether Bannon, the former chairman of Breitbart News, is the right man to be leading Trump’s campaign, Conway diminished his role and asserted her own leadership.
“The new CEO of the campaign — I guess he’s your boss — is Steve Bannon, who’s the head of Breitbart News,” Wallace said. “This is the man Trump chose to run his campaign?” Conway replied:
“Well he chose me to manage his campaign, and I report directly to him. But I will say this — the idea that Hillary Clinton, who’s been in public life for 30 years, gives a speech this week, Chris, about — it was totally content-free, policy-free address about consultants, is just remarkable to me. I understand Hillary’s campaign is now a hot mess.”
Conway could be downplaying the CEO’s involvement over his Alt-Right ties. Then again, the campaign has other good reasons to back away: Bannon is reportedly illegally registered to vote in Florida with the address of a vacant home last week. The press dug up some domestic violence charges on Bannon too, so he may not be around for long.