By JONATHAN MARTIN, JIM RUTENBERG AND MAGGIE HABERMAN
Good Thursday morning.
Donald J. Trump named as his new campaign chief on Wednesday a conservative media provocateur whose news organization regularly attacks the Republican Party establishment, savages Hillary Clinton and encourages Mr. Trump’s most pugilistic instincts.
Mr. Trump’s decision to make Stephen K. Bannon, chairman of the Breitbart News website, his campaign’s chief executive was a defiant rejection of efforts by longtime Republican hands to wean him from the bombast and racially charged speech that helped propel him to the nomination but that now threaten his candidacy by alienating the moderate voters who typically decide the presidency.
It also formally completed a merger between the most strident elements of the conservative news media and Mr. Trump’s campaign, which was incubated and fostered in their boisterous coverage of his rise.
Mr. Bannon was appointed a day after the recently ousted Fox News chairman,Roger Ailes, emerged in an advisory role with Mr. Trump. It was not lost on Republicans in Washington that two news executives whose outlets had fueled the anti-establishment rebellion that bedeviled congressional leaders and set the stage for Mr. Trump’s nomination were now directly guiding the party’s presidential message and strategy.
Mr. Bannon’s most recent crusade was his failed attempt to oust the House speaker,Paul D. Ryan, in this month’s primary, making his new role atop the Trump campaign particularly provocative toward Republican leaders in Washington.
Party veterans responded on Wednesday with a mix of anger about the damage they saw Mr. Trump doing to their party’s reputation and with gallows humor about his apparent inability, or unwillingness, to run a credible presidential campaign in a year that once appeared promising.
For Mr. Trump, though, bringing in Mr. Bannon was the political equivalent of ordering comfort food. Only last week, Mr. Trump publicly expressed ambivalence about modifying his style. “I think I may do better the other way,” he told Time magazine. “They would like to see it be a little bit different, a little more modified. I don’t like to modify.”
On the Trail
Mr. Trump hosts a rally in Charlotte, N.C., while Gov. Mike Pence of Indianawill hold a town-hall-style event in Manchester, N.H.
Mrs. Clinton will meet with law enforcement officials in New York City, a day after Mr. Trump accused her of being anti-police. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia will hold fund-raising events in Wyoming, but he has no public events on his schedule.