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Here’s what you need to know about Bill Stepien — the man who just took over Trump’s floundering campaign

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President Donald Trump announced that his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, is being shoved out of his role given the failures the campaign has suffered over the past seven months.

In his place, for now, at least, will be Bill Stepien.

If that name sounds familiar, it may be because Stepien was part of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s Bridgegate scandal, where, as punishment to Mayor Mark Sokolich, two of three toll lanes were closed during a Monday morning rush hour and weren’t reopened until Friday.

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The court case quoted Bill Stepien’s name over 700 times, including an email in which he claimed, “It will be a tough November for this little Serbian.” The mayor was born in Fort Lee, and his lineage isn’t Serbian, it’s actually Croatian.

Christie fired Stepien for Bridgegate, not for racist slurs. If Stepien remains in the position on Election Day, it’s unclear if he’ll order bridges to be closed, one person online half-joked.

Stepien is also not exactly the most politically astute individual. As conservative David Frum noted, a flattering Politico profile of Stepien in October 2018 quoting his heroic efforts to hold onto the House. Stepien swore that they wouldn’t lose more than 25 Republican seats on Election Day. The GOP lost 42 seats and the majority.

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“As one Trump adviser put it, the difference between losing 25 seats and 50 seats in the House ‘is very likely the difference of who stays in the building,'” Politico reported at the time. Ironically, not only did Stepien stay in the building, he was promoted to the top campaign job.

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Speaking to CNN on Wednesday, former campaign manager to President Barack Obama, David Axelrod, explained that the problem isn’t exactly the leadership of the campaign being a white supremacist or a Chris Christie conservative, it’s the candidate. Trump, he said, will never stop tweeting his asinine attacks or suddenly become the president the country needs to manage the crisis before us.

Former Republican operative Amanda Carpenter similarly explained on CNN that no spinmeister could save Trump, not Stepien or even Kellyanne Conway.

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Bank VP gets booted from family business after responding to Obama’s eulogy with racist Facebook screed

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According to the Valdosta Daily Times, an executive at a small family bank has been removed from his job after a racist, anti-Semitic Facebook post in response to President Barack Obama's eulogy of civil rights leader John Lewis.

"David Hollis has been asked by Citizens Community Bank to resign both his position and his role on the bank's board of directors, according to a CCB statement to the Valdosta Daily Times," reported Chris Herbert. "'The employee was asked to submit his resignation and is no longer employed by the bank, nor will he be serving on the board of directors,' the statement read."

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Trump donor revealed as a secret funder of the conservative outlet The Federalist: NYT

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For years, there has been speculation about the funding behind the right-wing publication The Federalist, which has turned into one of President Donald Trump's most reliable backers.

However, a new report from The New York Times appears to have partially solved this mystery.

Two sources with knowledge of The Federalist's finances tell the Times that packing supply magnate Dick Uihlein is one of the people who gives generously to the publication.

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‘Would be comical if it didn’t involve real lives’: Trump interview spotlights deadly failure of his COVID-19 response

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"If you wrote this as grotesque farce" for a movie script, wrote actor and progressive activist John Cusack, "no one would believe it."

In an interview with Jonathan Swan of Axios that aired late Monday, President Donald Trump sputtered, declared "You can't do that," and continued trying to downplay the massive and rising coronavirus death toll when confronted with the fact the U.S. has a higher mortality rate by percentage of population than major countries like South Korea and Germany.

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