(AlterNet) -- Since the 1980 takeover of the Republican Party by its right wing, backstage passes to party proceedings and hijinks for its kooks, cranks and stealth operatives has been the norm. Think professional woman-hater Phyllis Schlafly writing the 1996 GOP platform. Or Roger Stone organizing a near-riot in 2000 at the Miami-Dade election board during the recount of presidential election returns, effectively stopping the proceedings.
With the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, however, no kook is deemed too crazy, no crank too cranky, no dark ops too dark for public view—as long as their efforts serve the candidate’s quest to foment fear and mayhem. But don't take our word for it. Here's Stuart Stevens, who ran the GOP's 2012 presidential campaign, talking to Bloomberg Businessweek's Joshua Green this week: “Trump is a nut, and he likes to surround himself with nuts. It’s a disaster for the Republican Party.”
Here we present a list—by no means comprehensive—of the fear-mongering, conspiracy-spinning and violence-inciting characters surrounding the Republican Party’s standard-bearer.
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