Steve Bannon Is OUT At The White House [VIDEO]

Steve Bannon Is OUT At The White House [VIDEO]

Steve Bannon Is OUT At The White House [VIDEO]

Eight plus months into this administration, the millstone that Steve Bannon has been is finally being cast off.

Steve Bannon in 2013 (photo: Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
The news broke this morning that Bannon, of the Breitbart News website and an early supporter of Trump, was being let go.

From the NYT article

“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a statement. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”

Earlier on Friday, the president had told senior aides that he had decided to remove Mr. Bannon, according to two administration officials briefed on the discussion. But a person close to Mr. Bannon insisted that the parting of ways was his idea, and that he had submitted his resignation to the president on Aug. 7, to be announced at the start of this week. But the move was delayed after the racial unrest in Charlottesville, Va.

Yeah, no, not buying that this was totally Bannon’s idea. The handwriting was on the wall, so to speak.

Ben Shapiro, who has a long history with Bannon, says that this will get ugly.

Bannon is deeply vengeful, and supremely ambitious. He has already held the most powerful job he will ever have – unless, of course, his new job is to destroy Trump from the outside. And he set the groundwork for that job over the past week.

First, he pushed Trump not to alienate the alt-right – Bannon’s base – and succeeded. Bannon was widely credited in the media with encouraging Trump’s bizarre Tuesday press conference, at which Trump rehabilitated the alt-right and said there were “very fine people” protesting with white supremacists in Charlottesville. Trump could have easily carved off the alt-right and not lost much; Bannon, however, had to keep them in his pocket. Without them, he is merely another former government employee searching for a home. With them, he can threaten Trump with political Armageddon.

Second, he gave an insane interview with The American Prospect that isn’t insane at all in retrospect. In that interview, he laid out his own foreign policy and contrasted it with Trump’s – a fully isolationist foreign policy that the Trump administration almost certainly will not pursue, a militant and protectionist foreign policy with regard to trade with China, an “anti-globalist” policy totally at odds with some of Trump’s closest advisors like Gary Cohn.

And of course, Bannon will continue to sully the name of Andrew Breitbart to set up his rival throne.

Bannon’s play for Trump’s populist and alt-right bases will be partially successful. Outside the White House, Bannon can be more powerful than he was inside: if Trump doesn’t do what Bannon likes, Bannon will declare that he was ousted because the globalist insiders have taken over, and Trump has sold out the base. Bannon will attempt to claim the leadership of the movement he believes he built.

And he’ll do so from his platform at Breitbart.

That makes sense, since no one else will have him. There’s no interest in him from any of the major conservative think tanks: he’s toxic, he works poorly with others, and he’s utterly self-promoting. He has no real political future in electoral politics: he’s unattractive, deeply disliked across the country, and widely perceived as a class A a**hole. But that doesn’t matter for the people Breitbart has been catering to for more than a year. They see Bannon as their champion, and in leaving now and under these circumstances, Bannon has set himself up admirably as a Trumpian foil.

This was a necessary, overdue separation – whether it was by firing or resignation, I don’t care. It won’t be enough for the left…

… but it is a welcome moment that conservatives, who remember what Andrew Breitbart REALLY stood for, have to be relieved to see.

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  • GWB says:

    Trump rehabilitated the alt-right and said there were “very fine people” protesting with white supremacists in Charlottesville

    OK, I guess I missed a Trump-pas on that one. While there might have been, it’s citing facts not in evidence.

    I honestly don’t know what to make of all the drama queen crap surrounding Trump. What of it is catty back-stabbing, what is real policy issues, what is “holdovers”, what is Trump’s people, what of it is outright lies?

    I begin to think, though, that Bannon (as repulsive as he might be) was the one that pulled Trump over to the right. If so, then we could be in for a full collapse of why Trump was elected. If not, then maybe the drama will stop being a distraction.
    I hold out hope, though, that we’ll continue to see a full-out meltdown of the progressives, culminating in their final (for certain values of ‘final’) defeat and a return of the country I love.

  • Marta Hernandez says:

    Bye, Felicia!

  • Scott says:

    I have no idea what the truth is on this, so I’ll just go into my wishful thinking mode…
    This is an orchestrated move by the President, with Bannons assistance… Bannon will now go out and “attack ” the President, thereby drawing away the nazi’s and other scum, so that they too denounce Trump. By doing this, it takes away ammo from the left, while, as you pointed out, not taking away much of his base at all (no matter how the left would like us to believe different,,)
    Like I said, I have NO evidence to support the above, but DAMN i hope it’s true… maybe the President really is crazy like a fox? We can only hope that he is, and this is just one more instance of him playing the left like a finely tuned Stradivarius…

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