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With President Trump lashing out via twitter again this morning at the “Fake Book” – referring, obviously, to Michael Wolff’s “Fire And Fury” – as he departed Camp David, the news coverage of the book’s contents is set to continue into its second week.
I’ve had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President. Now I have to put up with a Fake Book, written by a totally discredited author. Ronald Reagan had the same problem and handled it well. So will I!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2018
And as the president works the phones, demanding that his political allies help him bury “Sloppy Steve” in retaliation for his former chief strategist’s disloyalty, Bannon is now desperately trying to get back in the president’s good graces.
In recent days, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have run stories about Bannon’s political allies and patrons distancing themselves from the Breitbart executive and former Trump campaign chairman. The billionaire Mercer family told the Times that it has retracted all financial backing for Bannon and that they’re weighing whether to fire Bannon from his role as executive chairman at Breitbart. They reportedly have stopped payment on his personal security detail.
“…Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!“
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“When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind…”
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Stephen K. Bannon, the Executive Chairman of Breitbart News Network and former White House chief strategist for President Donald J. Trump, is slated to speak at the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) dinner in November this year.
H/t reader kevin a.
The firing of Steve Bannon is in my opinion the most significant event to happen during the Trump administration thus far. Moreover, it will have massive reverberations across the U.S. political spectrum for years and years to come. I wasn’t planning on writing today, but this news is so incredibly significant I find myself with little choice.
Taking a step back, part of the reason I was immediately able to see through the Trump con was due to my upbringing in New York City. The guy was constantly in the news my entire life, so I had a pretty decent understanding of where he was really coming from and what makes him tick. The mindset of your typical NYC-based billionaire real estate developer is filled with all sorts of perspectives and priorities, but thoughts of populism are not amongst them.
The love affair between Breitbart, whose former head Steve Bannon was just fired by Donald Trump, just turned to hate, as confirmed by Joel Pollak, a Breitbart Editor, who moments ago tweeted one word:
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) August 18, 2017
As Axios’ Jonathan Swan explains, “Joel is a Breitbart editor. They’re going thermonuclear, I’m told. ”
Joel is a Breitbart editor. They’re going thermonuclear, I’m told. Story tk on Axios. https://t.co/92z4nrZnbT
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) August 18, 2017
Separately, as iBankCoin reports, investigative journalist and former Breitbart employee, Lee Stranahan, offered a quick quip on today’s news that Bannon has resigned from the White House, suggesting that Steve would ‘unleash the beast’ through his online publication and call out those working against the Trump agenda in the White House.
After weeks of speculation about his future, Trump White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has broken free of his self-imposed exile, unloading a torrent of Scaramucci-esque comments to none other than Robert Kuttner – the editor of The American Prospect, a progressive publication (the cover lines on whose first two issues after Trump’s election were “Resisting Trump” and “Containing Trump.”
Kuttner sets the surprising scene…
Trump’s embattled strategist phones me, unbidden, to opine on China, Korea, and his enemies in the administration…
Needless to say, I was a little stunned to get an email from Bannon’s assistant midday Tuesday, just as all hell was breaking loose once again about Charlottesville, saying that Bannon wished to meet with me.
But unload Bannon did:
He began with China…
“Donald Trump doesn’t know anything about anything…. TIME magazine was right: Steve Bannon is the president of the United States.”
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“Where did Steve Bannon get his worldview? From my book…”
* * * by Neil Howe via WaPo,
The headlines this month have been alarming. “Steve Bannon’s obsession with a dark theory of history should be worrisome” (Business Insider). “Steve Bannon Believes The Apocalypse Is Coming And War Is Inevitable” (the Huffington Post). “Steve Bannon Wants To Start World War III” (the Nation). A common thread in these media reports is that President Trump’s chief strategist is an avid reader and that the book that most inspires his worldview is “The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy.”
The new boss is starting to look a bit like the old bosses…
Trump is an elite puppet, just like Obama, Bush and Clinton.