Thursday, July 20, 2017

Billionaire Mercers got Trump elected

Joshua Green (amazon, July 18, 2017), new book description, edited by Wisdom Quarterly
Whodunit? Robert and Rebekah Mercer. How did they do it? They funded Trump with millions of dollars and their full support and backing. In exchange for their money and influence, they were told to hire Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and to make Mike Pence the vice presidential nominee. Now they have more say than Putin, Ivanka, Kushner, or any Republican official on what Pres. Trump does in office.
Devil's Bargain (Joshua Green)
From the reporter who was there at the very beginning comes the revealing inside story of the partnership between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump -- the key to understanding the rise of the alt-right, the fall of Hillary Clinton, and the hidden forces that drove the greatest upset in American political history.

Based on dozens of interviews conducted over six years, Joshua Green explains a masterful narrative of the 2016 campaign from its origins in the far fringes of right-wing politics and reality television to its culmination inside Donald Trump’s penthouse on election night.

The shocking elevation of Bannon to head Trump’s flagging presidential campaign on August 17, 2016, hit political Washington like a thunderclap.
It seemed to signal the meltdown of the Republican Party. Bannon (editor for Breitbart News) was a bomb-throwing pugilist who’d never run a campaign and was despised by Democrats and Republicans alike. 

Yet, Bannon’s hard-edged altright ethno-nationalism and his elaborate, years-long plot to destroy Hillary Clinton paved the way for Trump’s unlikely victory.
Trump became the avatar of a dark but powerful worldview that dominated the airwaves and spoke to ["deplorable"] voters whom others couldn’t see.
Trump’s campaign was the final phase of a populist insurgency [or German-style putsch] that had been building up in America for years. Bannon, its inscrutable mastermind, believed it was the culmination of a hard-right global uprising that will change the world.

Any study of Trump’s rise to the presidency is unavoidably a study of mastermind Steve Bannon. Devil’s Bargain is a tour-de-force telling of the remarkable confluence of circumstances that decided the election, many of them orchestrated by Bannon and his allies.
They really did plot "a vast, right-wing conspiracy" to stop Clinton. To understand Trump's extraordinary rise and Clinton’s fall, we have to weave Trump’s story together with Bannon’s, or else it doesn't make sense. More

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