Musical chairs as Trump’s campaign team undergoes major overhaul

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 August, 2016, 10:21pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 August, 2016, 11:33pm

Republican Donald Trump is overhauling his campaign again, bringing in Breitbart News’ Stephen Bannon as campaign CEO and promoting pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager.

The move comes just 82 days before the election and represents yet another shake-up for the tumultuous campaign.

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Trump said in a phone interview early yesterday that he has known both individuals for a long time: “They’re terrific people, they’re winners, they’re champs, and we need to win it.”

Trump said his campaign chair, Paul Manafort, will maintain his current role.

The development, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, came after a day in which Trump sent a Facebook message urging an end to bigotry and oppression.

Appearing for a speech on Tuesday in Wisconsin, the billionaire real estate mogul accused rival Hillary Clinton of “bigotry” and being “against the police”, claiming that she and other Democrats have “betrayed the African American community” and pandered for votes.

“We reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton, which panders to and talks down to communities of colour and sees them only as votes – that’s all they care about,” the Republican nominee said in remarks delivered not far from Milwaukee – the latest city to be rocked by violence in the wake of a police shooting.

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Trump, who is lagging behind in the polls, accused Clinton of being on the side of the rioters, declaring: “Our opponent Hillary would rather protect the offender than the victim.”

He said: “The riots and destruction that have taken place in Milwaukee is an assault on the right of all citizens to live in security and to live in peace.”

Clinton campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri responded with a statement yesterday accusing Trump of being the bigot instead.