President-elect Donald Trump officially chose conspiracy-theorist-in-chief of Breitbart Steve Bannon and mealy-mouthed Kenosha political operative Reine Priebus to serve as senior counselor and White House Chief of Staff, respectively, ensuring that two more representations of everything horrible will be employed at the White House in the near future.
Priebus is the living embodiment of spineless "business Republicans," along with fellow Wisconsinite House Speaker Paul Ryan. He was the subject of complimentary features about how he's "reinventing the Republican Party" as head of the RNC as recently as January 2015, but quickly abandoned any reform efforts as soon as it became Trump was going to win the primaries and dedicated himself to the white nationalist candidate, hitching the Republican Party's official arm to his campaign.
Bannon similarly tied Breitbart, which was a fringe far-right website dedicated to conspiracy theories (the last part hasn't changed), to Trump's rise. It's now a major media outlet, in terms of readership, and is the main media mouthpiece of the pro-Trump set.
"Bannon and Priebus will continue the effective leadership team they formed during the campaign, working as equal partners to transform the federal government, making it much more efficient, effective and productive," the transition team said in a statement. Sure.
He couldn't have picked two worse human beings.
Sam Stecklow is the Weekend Editor for Fusion.