It didn’t take a crystal ball to predict that Michelle Fields would not be working for Breitbart News for long. It was equally obvious that a principled conservative like Ben Shapiro wouldn’t last there either, given what the site has degenerated into since it rejected Andrew Breitbart’s legacy and devoted itself to assisting Donald Trump’s hostile takeover of the Republican Party. Here’s why both have resigned:
Breitbart has been riven by internal strife in recent days after Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, allegedly grabbed Fields and yanked her away from Trump as she was attempting to ask him a question after a press conference in Florida. The Trump campaign denied the incident, despite considerable evidence to the contrary.
Fields’ question probably enraged Lewandowski because it drew attention to Trump’s support for Affirmative Action, which gives the lie to Trump’s delusion-based reputation among his most energetic supporters as a champion of the white race.
Breitbart published a story casting doubt on Fields’ account, appearing to side with the Trump campaign over their own reporter. Joel Pollak, a senior editor-at-large at the organization, ordered staffers to stop defending Fields. One source with knowledge of the situation said some staffers who publicly defended Fields had been threatened with firing. …
The exodus, which began with the company’s spokesman Kurt Bardella, is unlikely to end with Fields and Shapiro. Three sources say multiple staffers are searching for a way out of the company — with several actively circulating résumés, according to two sources — and more resignations could follow in the coming days and weeks. The company is known for having editorial employees sign unusually strict contracts, at least some of which include non-compete clauses that could make it difficult to leave Breitbart for another news outlet.
The chaos at Breitbart is a microcosm of what Trump’s catastrophic candidacy is doing to the Republican Party and the conservative movement.
From Shapiro’s resignation statement:
As a close personal friend and mentee of Andrew Breitbart’s, it saddens me tremendously to announce that as of 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time, I have resigned from Breitbart News as editor-at-large. …
Andrew built his life and his career on one mission: fight the bullies. But Andrew’s life mission has been betrayed. Indeed, Breitbart News, under the chairmanship of Steve Bannon, has put a stake through the heart of Andrew’s legacy. In my opinion, Steve Bannon is a bully, and has sold out Andrew’s mission in order to back another bully, Donald Trump; he has shaped the company into Trump’s personal Pravda, to the extent that he abandoned and undercut his own reporter, Breitbart News’ Michelle Fields, in order to protect Trump’s bully campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who allegedly assaulted Michelle. I spoke with Michelle the night after the incident. She told me her story. That story was backed by audiotape, eyewitness testimony from The Washington Post’s Ben Terris, physical bruises, and video tape.
Both Lewandowski and Trump maligned Michelle in the most repulsive fashion. Meanwhile, Breitbart News not only stood by and did nothing outside of tepidly asking for an apology, they then attempted to abandon Michelle by silencing staff from tweeting or talking about the issue. Finally, in the ultimate indignity, they undermined Michelle completely by running a poorly-evidenced conspiracy theory as their lead story in which Michelle and Terris had somehow misidentified Lewandowski.
This is disgusting. Andrew never would have stood for it.
Andrew Breitbart saw through Trump and effectively endorsed Ted Cruz, as Breitbart News admitted back before it climbed aboard the Trump Train:
Conservative icon Andrew Breitbart was a huge fan of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Just weeks before he met his untimely death in March 2012, Breitbart “told close friends and associates that Cruz represented conservatism’s future,” as reported at Breitbart News.
Of front-runner Donald Trump, Breitbart said “of course” Trump is “not a conservative” and stated that unless conservatives “learn how to play the media,” America will end up voting for “a celebrity candidate.”
Here is why Andrew Breitbart supported Cruz, per the Breitbart News that no longer exists:
“It was because Breitbart saw in Cruz, first and foremost, a fighter who was fierce, principled, uncompromising, and relentless. These were the characteristics Breitbart first looked for and those who were a part of the ‘Army of Davids’ had in spades.”
Conversely, Andrew Breitbart warned “that a potential Donald Trump candidacy is a bad sign for America.”
That was putting it mildly. If Trump’s ego-driven campaign cripples the Republican Party by turning it against itself and by rendering it toxic in the public mind, there will be no effective resistance to the radicalized Democrats under Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.
On tips from Varla, Stormfax, Wilberforce, and Torcer.