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Bossie Confesses: There Was A Right-Wing Conspiracy Against Clinton

More than 20 years after the fact, following decades of smug denials, one of the operatives in the “vast right-wing conspiracy” has confessed to its existence.

The longtime far-right activist David Bossie of Citizens United offered that confession on Fox News Sunday, where he appeared to promote a new book he co-authored with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Bossie, who also toiled in the Trump campaign and remains close to the president, blurted the truth to host Chris Wallace almost inadvertently. But with someone who lies almost as routinely as his idol Trump, Americans have to be satisfied with his moment of truth.

Describing several White House aides attacked by Bossie and Lewandowksi, Wallace said that “they wanted to control the president instead of, as you said in your first book, to ‘let Trump be Trump.'”

“Exactly,” replied Bossie (although his diction isn’t always easy to follow). “Let us remember what is going on here. There’s a vast left-wing conspiracy going on that has been going on since the president won this election. All throughout the transition and during those first two years — a vast left-wing conspiracy. Very similar words to what I’m using to what Hillary Clinton called the vast right-wing conspiracy.”

Wallace said, “Which didn’t turn out to be true.”

“No, it did turn out,” he insisted. “There was an effort by the conservative movement to undermine President Clinton.”

Wallace replied, “I understand, but he did have a relationship with Monica Lewinsky.”

For the full story of Bossie’s role in the conspiracy against Clinton — which dated back to his dirty tricks campaign during the 1992 campaign — see my account with Gene Lyons in The Hunting of the President. Among his allies in that crusade was the late “Justice Jim” Johnson, diehard segregationist ringleader in Arkansas and a close Bossie pal.

The more things change, the more dismally they remain the same.

h/t to Crooks and Liars

 

 

 

 

 

The Racism Isn’t Surprising Anymore

Can we stop pretending to be shocked when a member of the Trump administration — or one of its prominent supporters — emits a squib of stinking racism?

In the latest episode, which should have surprised exactly nobody, former Donald Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie shouted at an African-American guest on a Fox News show: “You’re out of your cotton-pickin’ mind.” The guest naturally took exception, noting that his family members had picked cotton as slaves. Fox News officially scolded Bossie, an employee of the network, with a two-week “suspension” — and he tweeted a dutiful apology.

But while everyone noted the apology and moved on, the underlying problem remains. The political culture embodied by Fox News, Donald Trump, and David Bossie is steeped in racial antagonism as both strategy and ideology. And to anyone who knows the history of these people and institutions, their outbursts of bigotry are numbingly routine.

Look more closely at Bossie, a figure whose history on the Republican right dates back to the Reagan era, when he dropped out of college to work on political campaigns. He soon joined up with Floyd Brown, the Citizens United impresario responsible for the infamous “Willie Horton” ad that helped to bring down Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis in 1988. That ad featured a mug shot of Horton, a convicted murderer, with a frightening scowl and a bushy Afro. This race-baiting classic was so offensively divisive that George H.W. Bush sought to avoid any association with it — although there was plenty of evidence that his campaign consultant Roger Ailes had been involved in its production. At Citizens United, where Brown worked closely with Bossie, they were proud to claim credit for the Horton ad.

That Bossie was attracted to the vilest of racists became even clearer four years later, when he and Brown showed up in Arkansas to bring down Bill Clinton. They latched onto “Justice Jim” Johnson, a vintage segregationist politician whose corrosive hatred and ancient prejudices were a parody of extremism. He had run for governor as the candidate of the White Citizens Councils, a marginally more respectable version of the Ku Klux Klan. He had whipped up the mobs that assaulted black students during the historic 1957 confrontation at Little Rock’s Central High School. He even lived on a farm that he named “White Haven,” where he plotted against Clinton with Bossie and Brown.

When the pair published a ludicrous anti-Clinton booklet titled Slick Willie, which accused the Arkansas governor of a long list of offenses that included promoting socialism and witchcraft (as well as coddling the state’s black citizens), its acknowledgments included a “special thanks” to Johnson.

Flash forward to 2018, and here is Bossie, a top political lieutenant of an openly racist president, appearing on the cable network that Ailes created, where he blurts a stupid racial epithet. Bossie is an appalling character with a long rap sheet, but he is really nothing special on today’s Trumpist right — where ambitious hustlers like him have long been eager to promote prejudice, against any vulnerable minority, if that advances their candidate or party.

Does Bossie hate people of color, or Mexican-Americans, or the little immigrant children this administration is victimizing? Did Roger Ailes? Does Trump? It is impossible to know their hearts. But by their poison fruits, we already know them. These “conservatives” have spent decades doing what they still do every day, which is to weaken our country by dividing its people against each other by race and ethnicity for personal gain. More and more, they are assisted by a hostile foreign power in that effort.

We all can see where this is leading, as we watch the victimization of disfavored people, the abrogation of their human rights, and the building of camps to imprison them. Don’t act surprised when we get there.

 

 

Trump Hires Citizens United Head As Deputy Campaign Manager

Donald Trump’s latest campaign hire is David Bossie, the longtime president of Citizens United, the infamous conservative organization named in the 2010 Supreme Court ruling scaling back regulations on corporate financing of political messaging.

Trump called Bossie “a friend of mine for many years,” according to the Washington Post. “Solid. Smart. Loves politics, knows how to win.”

The addition of Bossie comes after Trump’s latest round of hires saw the appointment of Kellyanne Conway as campaign manager and Breitbart News head Steve Bannon as the campaign’s CEO.

Bossie plans to take a leave of absence from Citizens United. He is also a member of an independent anti-Clinton group and will leave that post for Trump’s campaign as well.

According to CBS News, Trump personally requested Bossie join his team. Bossie’s will be tasked with running the field operations of the Trump team — a remarkably sparse group of offices nationwide — as well as helping the GOP nominee with debate preparation — though Trump is said not to enjoy preparation much.

Bossie has ties with Trump’s current and former staffers, including former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and has apparently been informally advising Trump for some time. Hopefully he gets paid.

Photo via Flickr/Gage Skidmore