Paul Manafort, Christina Bobb, Roger Stone, Laura Loomer. Photo illustration: Shoshana Gordon / Axios. Photos: Yana Paskova, John Lamparski, Gabby Jones / Bloomberg, Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post / Getty

Sidelined characters from former President Trump’s past campaigns — “crazies,” some of his top advisers call them — are reattaching themselves to his inner circle now that he’s locked up the Republican nomination.

Why it matters: Trump’s 2024 campaign has been notable for its rigor: Top advisers have largely steered clear of the most controversial far-righters who surrounded Trump in the past. But ex-advisers, conspiracy theorists and convicted felons are now knocking on the campaign’s door — and some are getting in.

  • They’re returning as Trump more aggressively touts Jan. 6 rioters as “patriots,” ramps up his racist, incendiary rhetoric — and embraces some of his most provocative loyalists.

Zoom in: In recent weeks, several of these loyalists have moved to rejoin his team or have had a bigger presence at Mar-a-Lago.

  • Trump’s team is in talks to hire 2016 campaign advisers Paul Manafort and Corey Lewandowski, The Washington Post and The New York Times first reported.
  • Manafort spent two years in prison on a 7½-year sentence for […]
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