Stayne Bannan, CEO of BrightFog news, came to Rump’s attention via Alex Clamz. Clamz and Bannan shared the same basic world view, that beneath apparent “facts and truth” was a conspiracy to camouflage a tissue of lies. BrightFog often fielded exclusive stories through Clamz’ microphone to reach a wider audience. These included:
“The government plans to abolish the second amendment and forcibly remove your guns by armed Democrat appointees.”
“Democrats are planning to forcibly sterilize white women to increase the percentage of minority voters in the future.”
“Newborns will soon be implanted with a chip that will allow the government to track them forever.”
“The National Institutes of Health will soon offer $1000 to every white woman willing to have an abortion.” Etc.
Alex thought that Stayne would be a valuable asset on the Rump team. Unlike others in this story, Bannan came from a warm, loving middle-class family. He did well in school and had many friends. Unfortunately, a rabid weasel nipped him at age twelve while he was shooting pigeons for fun. The rabies wasn’t discovered until late in its incubation, and doctors thought he wouldn’t survive. But he did. Miraculously, he seemed to fully recover except for one odd residual effect. Occasionally he would foam at the mouth for no reason. Sometimes this would occur during a hissy fit, but sometimes just while eating corn flakes. The foaming moments would pass, and no one made much of it.
“Mr. Bannan. Alex thinks the world of you, and I think the world of him. So what can you do for me?”
“Donald, I have the inside lane to the kind of press you’ll need to win this thing. In addition to BrightFog, I have contacts at Fox, Drudge, and forty of the most revered blogs on the internet. My words, or rather your words can reach into the minds of millions of people and make them your willing supplicants.”
“Followers, folks who’ll do anything you say.”
“That sounds good.”
“More to the point, I can give you information to really scare people into voting for you. It’s not enough to parrot Alex; you need some original ideas of your own. And I can give them to you.”
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