David Plouffe, Democrat political strategist and former Obama campaign manager, said Thursday during a panel discussion on the 2020 election that the “most important people” in determining the direction of the Republican Party are Breitbart News and other conservative media outlets.
The McCain Institute held the roughly hour-long virtual panel discussion, moderated by Showtime host and Atlantic contributor Alex Wagner, which featured New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, Never Trumper and former Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) campaign manager Rick Davis, and Plouffe. C-Span broadcasted the event live.
Plouffe’s remark weighed in on the future the Republican Party after the election. He said in response to a question from Wagner:
[I]n the future, 2024, whether it’s [former Vice President Joe] Biden or [Sen.] Kamala Harris [D-CA] or some other Democrat who’s running for the presidency, whoever emerges on the Republican side — if it’s [President Donald] Trump, we know he’ll just