Missing from Joshua Green’s Trump-Bannon Tell-All: Russia

Missing from Joshua Green’s Trump-Bannon Tell-All: Russia, by Koel Pollack.

Reporter [no, left-wing journalist] Joshua Green’s lively tell-all about Donald Trump’s campaign for president is missing what Democrats are convinced was the crucial factor: Russia.

Green’s book, Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency, tells the story of the 2016 campaign as a daring effort by a hitherto marginal group of conservative activists and media entrepreneurs to create the agenda, and the audience, that fueled Trump’s unlikely rise. …

Green delves into the details of the relationships among the players in the Trump campaign, revealing how various personalities rose and fall. Yet what is most striking, given the ongoing hysteria in the media and on the left, is the near-total absence of any mention of Russia. The only reference is to Trump’s joke at a press conference that Russia should try to find Hillary Clinton’s emails. …

Last Sunday, Green evidently tried to make up for the “Russia gap” in his forthcoming book with an article in the New York Times claiming that Breitbart News had created a “mass hallucination” among Republicans, convincing them that Russia had not influenced the election. But his heavily-researched book gives the game away: there were many interesting and unexpected factors in Trump’s surprise presidential win, but Russia was not one of them.