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Memo to Stephen Bannon: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT.

Short one today, because there's not much to say about Donald Trump picking the head of Breitbart.com to run his campaign that can't be said by the sentence "Donald Trump picked the head of Breitbart.com to run his campaign."

Longtime readers of this site will know that the Breitbart media "empire" was the standard-bearer for the deeply stupid far-right Internet for years. Mostly, I made fun of "Big Hollywood", the subset of their site devoted to letting Dirk Benedict and Orson Bean talk about how their conservative views have totally gotten them blacklisted from liberal Hollywood.

And that was when Andrew Breitbart was still alive. Since his death, the site has veered even further into what's known as the "alt-right", a rag-tag collection of white supremacists and men's rights types who all love Trump and tend to do things that get them permanently banned from Twitter. They called Bill Kristol a "Renegade Jew". And now their boss is the new go-to guy for the Trump campaign.

This means one thing, and one thing only. And it's not that the Trump campaign is "being shaken up", or "retooling", or any of the other verbs usually reserved for firing one generic campaign hack who doesn't know what the fuck they're talking about and replacing them with a clone of them wearing a slightly different-colored suit. Say what you will about Paul Manafort, and I have, and I will, but he was a nominally sane asshole.

By sidelining Manafort and hiring Stephen Bannon, the now-former chief executive of Breitbart.com, the Trump campaign has officially renounced all ties with objective reality.

Remember, most of Trump's most controversial statements come from him repeating crazy shit he heard from the far-right fever swamps. And when it comes to fever swamps, Breitbart is the motherfucking Everglades. Trump is committing to the Breitbart version of reality, where Michael Bay's "13 Hours" is a documentary that could be used at the capital trial of Hillary Clinton, and where, if all the top stories right now weren't about how awesome it is that Trump hired Bannon, one of the top stories would be "Two Months Left Until Obama Gives Dictators Control Of Internet".

So if the Trump campaign has given you any enjoyment over the past few months, you're going to love it going forward. Because there are levels of crazy even Trump hasn't reached yet, and Bannon's been responsible for loading most of them onto the Internet. The only downside is that news outlets are turning to Ben Shapiro as "the reasonable former Breitbart guy", but every silver lining has a cloud.