Two big Trump critics are now gone from Breitbart. Ben Shapiro and Michelle Fields are both seeking new gigs according to BuzzFeed

Fields and Shapiro informed Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon of their decision Sunday night.

“Today I informed the management at Breitbart News of my immediate resignation,” Fields said in a statement sent to BuzzFeed News. “I do not believe Breitbart News has adequately stood by me during the events of the past week and because of that I believe it is now best for us to part ways.”

In his own statement, Shapiro said the episode was emblematic of how he believes the site’s management had sold out the legacy of its founder and namesake, the late Andrew Breitbart.

“Andrew’s life mission has been betrayed,” Shapiro wrote. “Indeed, Breitbart News, under the chairmanship of Steve Bannon, has put a stake through the heart of Andrew’s legacy. In my opinion, Steve Bannon is a bully, and has sold out Andrew’s mission in order to back another bully, Donald Trump; he has shaped the company into Trump’s personal Pravda, to the extent that he abandoned and undercut his own reporter, Breitbart News’ Michelle Fields, in order to protect Trump’s bully campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who allegedly assaulted Michelle.”

I’ll have more on this in a bit, as more news rolls in. Stay tuned. This whole thing is slightly shocking, even though we’ve seen it coming for awhile now. The news that Michelle Fields is leaving isn’t surprising at all, but Shapiro leaving the way he did is some classic bridge-burning. I can’t imagine Breitbart not responding to this, especially after he chose BuzzFeed, of all outlets, as the place to break this news. I guess we’ll see. I’m about to go look for some more reaction myself.

More from the BuzzFeed hatchet job…

“Both Lewandowski and Trump maligned Michelle in the most repulsive fashion,” Shapiro wrote in his resignation statement. “Meanwhile, Breitbart News not only stood by and did nothing outside of tepidly asking for an apology, they then attempted to abandon Michelle by silencing staff from tweeting or talking about the issue. Finally, in the ultimate indignity, they undermined Michelle completely by running a poorly-evidenced conspiracy theory as their lead story in which Michelle and Terris had somehow misidentified Lewandowski.”

Social media is pretty much on fire with this right now. In fact, Ben Shapiro is trending on Twitter. I would say that things are pretty split along the same lines we’ve seen throughout the election. A lot of people around me had already started questioning Ben Shapiro and his softness as of late and now they feel like that’s been confirmed. Of course, the usual anti-Trump and anti-Breitbart suspects are jumping for joy right now. I’m very interested to see how the company responds.


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