From bogeys to tweets: A rogues’ gallery of Trump’s team

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By Sunday, Feb 12 Viewpoints  3 Comments

Here’s a rare picture of Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway together with Rebekah Mercer (in sunglasses and fur), the right-wing executive director of the Mercer Family Foundation, who has been one of the biggest donors to them and Trump.

It was posted on Twitter on Jan. 22, 20017 by the guy on the left, Dan Scavino, Jr. (shown here with his wife Jennifer’s face peeking from behind).

Scavino, from Westchester County, started out at age sixteen as Trump’s former golf caddy, and went on to become general manager of the Trump National Golf Course and a Trump golfing companion.

Over the July 4th weekend, controversy arose when Trump posted on Twitter an image of Hillary Clinton with a text in the shape of a Star of David, calling her the “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever.” The image was discovered to have originally appeared on an anti-Semitic, white supremacist message board.

Word leaked out that the image had been selected by Scavino, a conspiracy theorist and purveyor of fake news, including the story that thousands of New Jersey Muslims had been shown on TV, cheering the 9/11 attack and other hoaxes.

Trump’s team defended its use of the Jewish star, claiming that the star was… a “sheriff’s badge,” although Trump’s Twitter feed eventually deleted it and posted a new picture with a circle replacing the star. But the alt-right got the message, and anti-Semites chuckled.

Scavino also made news by trashing Megyn Kelly after she challenged Newt Gingrich on Fox for his sexist bluster about Trump. After Scavino sent a series of tweets calling her names and saying, “Watch what happens to her after the election is over,” Kelly said she received death threats, which she attributed to Scavino.

In December 2016 Trump appointed Scavino as White House special assistant and director of social media. Now he appears to have a big hand (bigger, at least, than Trump’s) in Presidential tweets.

Now, Scavino’s thumbs are reaching millions.


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  1. Jim Potts says:

    Winston Smith, please do your homework. The ugly anti-Semitic underbelly is against Trump. Read their stuff and you’ll find they single out Jared Kushner as a Zionist menace pulling Trump’s strings. They rave about trump’s strong support of Israel. A popular theory on their sites is a fake Trump assassination (that he is in on) that will usher in some kind of world government controlled by Zionists. Was it intellectual laziness or is there some other reason to print such nonsense as this article?

  2. Tom S says:

    From my understanding, President Trump’s grandchildren are religious Jews. I know people who have worked with him, and he (Trump) has worked with MANY Jews in NYC his whole life. A business man such as Trump would not (knowingly) have an antisemite as an advisor; he would not stand for it.

    So I ask the same as Mr. Potts above: What is the purpose of this article?

  3. Scott Christianson says:

    Thank you, Winston Smith. I guess you don’t like to comment on your work and prefer to just let it speak for itself. Once again, I think you’re on to something. The facts and picture you presented open pathways for thought. And that seems to have made some Trumpsters squirm. These responses are also quite revealing. Talk about “nonsense”and things that Donald Trump would never “stand for.” Wow. Nowadays, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. Happiness can exist only in acceptance.

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