Donald Trump has appointed Breitbart News' Steve Bannon to be chief executive of his presidential campaign, and those familiar with the conservative media mogul's style claim he is ready to win the White House race "at all costs."
Bannon, a Harvard graduate, ex-Goldman Sachs banker and former naval officer, is taking a temporary leave of absence from Breitbart.com to preside over the Republican presidential nominee's political team for the remainder of his campaign against Hillary Clinton.
The move, announced Wednesday morning, was unsurprising to Republican operatives and reporters who claim Breitbart has morphed into a propaganda machine for the GOP nominee, or an "unaffiliated media super PAC for the Trump campaign," as one outgoing employee said in mid-March.
So who is Steve Bannon and what will he do to transform candidate Trump and his campaign into an election-winning machine between now and Nov. 8?
"Steve's job is going to be to keep the populist grassroots fired up and keep the pressure on Clinton," veteran GOP strategist Ford O'Connell told the Washington Examiner.