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CNN's Brian Stelter: New Trump CEO is 'Master of the Dark Arts'

CNN's Brian Stelter: New Trump CEO is 'Master of the Dark Arts'

Brian Stelter (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Turner)

By    |   Wednesday, 17 August 2016 01:22 PM

CNN host Brian Stelter said that Donald Trump's recent hires, including Stephen Bannon of Breitbart News as chief executive officer, are "masters of the political dark arts" that would send Trump's campaign into more right-wing conspiracy territory.

"When I first saw this news over night, my first thought was, 'OK. Nothing is off limits now," Stelter, the host of CNN's "Reliable Sources" said. Stelter made the comments during a discussion on CNN, which he released in a tweet: 

 

Trump's recent hires include Breitbart's Bannon, former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, and the promotion of senior adviser Kellyanne Conway to serve as Trump's campaign chairman.

"We're going to see the most 'fringey' ideas, the most right-wing ideas, bubble up to the surface in a way we haven't even seen before," Stelter said.

CNN political director David Chalian noted the questioning of Hillary Clinton's health by Trump and Fox news commentator, Sean Hannity.

Stelter said that led to a pathway in which he believed topics get to Trump.

"That's the kind of conspiracy theory that starts in the fever swamps of the right wing, ends up on Twitter and Facebook, and on sites like Breitbart, eventually reaches Sean Hannity, and then reaches Donald Trump," Stelter said.

"We're going to see more of those. It's only August. I can't imagine what they'll be saying by October," Stelter added.

The panelists then focused on Bannon's style and the effect he might have on the Trump campaign. Stelter posted a clip in another tweet.

 

 

Commentator Mary Katherine Ham said that Bannon's confrontational style is "very come-at-you, punch-you-in-the face," which might be at odds with other members of Trump's staff.

"Half of them appear to be intent on professionalizing the campaign. The other half is pure Trump," Ham added.

Stelter said a Clinton campaign official told him, "We're going to now see the full Trump. More offensiveness, more bigotry."

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CNN host Brian Stelter said that Donald Trump's recent hires, including Stephen Bannon of Breitbart News as chief executive officer, are "masters of the political dark arts" that would send Trump's campaign into more right-wing conspiracy territory.
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