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Friday, August 18, 2017

President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon has been fired, multiple White House officials told CNN on Friday. Sources told CNN that Bannon's ouster had been in the works for two weeks and a source said that while Bannon was given the option to resign, he was ultimately forced out. ... The President has privately stewed over Bannon in recent days, including Thursday night from his golf course in New Jersey. He was furious with his chief strategist after he was quoted in an interview with the American Prospect contradicting Trump on North Korea and asserting that Bannon was able to make personnel changes at the State Department.

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Buh-bye, Stephen "Lockstep" Miller.

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-08-18 01:05 PM | Reply

Well, I have tears in my eyes, I can tell you.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2017-08-18 01:07 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

Trump Tells Aides He Has Decided to Remove Stephen Bannon

www.nytimes.com

Steve Bannon, Unrepentant

AUGUST 16, 2017

Trump's embattled strategist phones me, unbidden, to opine on China, Korea, and his enemies in the administration.

prospect.org

So, Bannon as the sacrificial lamb for Trump's Nazi coddling. Nice!

He was on his way out anyway, unable to exist under the new Chief of Staff.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-18 01:12 PM | Reply

Well, there go a lot of Trump supporters. Aw, too bad.

#4 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-08-18 01:13 PM | Reply

$20 says trump's base nominates Bannon to succeed Jefferson Davis.

#5 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-08-18 01:16 PM | Reply

"He also bad-mouthed his colleagues in the Trump administration, vowed to oust a diplomat at the State Department and mocked officials as "wetting themselves" over the consequences of radically changing trade policy.

Of the far right, he said, "These guys are a collection of clowns," and he called it a "fringe element" of "losers."

"We gotta help crush it," he said in the interview, which people close to Mr. Bannon said he believed was off the record.

Privately, several White House officials said that Mr. Bannon appeared to be provoking Mr. Trump and that they did not see how Mr. Trump could keep him on after the interview was published."

from the NYT link... the intertwine cited is the liberal prospect.org link

Guess he won't get his job at Breitbart back, either, lol.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-18 01:16 PM | Reply

interview cited

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-18 01:17 PM | Reply

Breaking from THE HILL...

[Bannon's] departure is another sign that new chief of staff John Kelly has broad authority to clean house in a West Wing that has been hobbled by infighting and leaks.

Trump this year has fired two other aides who helped him win the White House -- Reince Priebus and Michael Flynn -- but the departure of Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, is perhaps the most monumental change yet.

The president signaled Bannon stood on shaky ground Tuesday when he was asked by a reporter if he still had confidence in his chief strategist.

"We'll see what happens with Mr. Bannon," Trump responded, adding that while he believes he is a "good person" he "came on very late" to the campaign.
thehill.com


"We'll see what happens with Mr. Bannon," Trump responded, adding that while he believes he is a "good person" he "came on very late" to the campaign.

Boy, talk about the proverbial Kiss of Death in Trumplandia.

Future uncertain? Check.

"Late" to "the campaign"? Mid-August 2016 too tardy? Check.

But the real killing-point? Taking limelight away from Guess Who.

All this would be hilarious if carried out inside a sealed geodesic dome in the Upper Sonoran Desert somewhere around Tucson.

But as a national spectacle with real-world consequences? Unfunny, in the extreme.

#8 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-08-18 01:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Well, there go a lot of Trump supporters. Aw, too bad.

#4 | POSTED BY THETOM

Nah...with Trump's statement on Tuesday he usurped Bannon as the Head Racist in Charge. He's got the Nazi and Confederate vote sewn up.

#9 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-08-18 01:18 PM | Reply

15 Minutes ago on ABC News

"Steve Bannon resigns from Trump administration, ABC News reports"

abc7ny.com

#10 | Posted by danni at 2017-08-18 01:24 PM | Reply

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Donald Trump didn't like that Steve Bannon was on the cover of Time with the headline "The Great Manipulator." And now he's not mad that Bannon encouraged his terrible Charlottesville position (because let's be real, it's also Trump's terrible Charlottesville position). No, he's mad about Joshua Green's great book Devil's Bargain about Bannon and the Trump campaign. And why is he mad? Because it makes Bannon out to be the brains behind the campaign's success.
- GQ

#11 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-08-18 01:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Now, from NYT:

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."
www.nytimes.com

Translation: "Thanks, now get the f*

#12 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-08-18 01:44 PM | Reply

pretty soon all the right wingers on this site will show up saying that trump got rid of bannon to show that he isn't a white supremacist.. pretending like they didn't defend bannon from accusation of being a white supremacist before.

#13 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-08-18 01:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

- GQ

I remembered reading that, Bruce, but couldn't think of where. Thanks for posting it.

#13

I liked the part where Bannon trashes the far right to a liberal journalist in #6.

He may have to move to China.

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-18 01:48 PM | Reply

Maybe I'm wrong about #9. The comments on the Breitbart article about Bannon's exit are delightful schadenfreude. www.breitbart.com

#15 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-08-18 01:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Prediction: Mueller's job just got a lot easier. Bannon flips like he's on a griddle at IHOP.

#16 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-08-18 01:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Stop by the comments section at breitbart today. It's delicious:

www.breitbart.com

A bunch of stupid racist crybabies all blaming different people.

#17 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-08-18 01:58 PM | Reply

They are freaking out over at SNL! First Spicer is gone, now Bannon. Who's next?

#18 | Posted by danni at 2017-08-18 01:58 PM | Reply

This all supports my theory that the bankers incited the nazi march to inflame racial tensions and get rid of bannon, who they feared would start a trade war and cost them money.

They got rid of Occupy Wall street by infiltrating the demonstrators and instigating bad behavior.

They just applied the same technique to bannon this time.

#19 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-08-18 01:59 PM | Reply

Who's next?

#18 | POSTED BY DANNI

Trump, hopefully

#20 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-08-18 02:00 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

#19 |

I hope that's supposed to be funny and not an actual conspiracy theory. The reality of the situation is bad enough without bringing Alex Jones into it. It's not like Richard Spencer Nazis need anyone to instigate them to bad behavior, lol.

#21 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-18 02:03 PM | Reply

#18

I'm voting for John Goodman to play Bannon this week.

#22 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-18 02:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

They can spin it and rationalize it all they want, but if you are an alt-right supporter of Trump, this has to sting. Bannon was their boy.

#23 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-08-18 02:09 PM | Reply

It says something positive about the effect of the media and popular opinion when Trump can feel pressured to fire a piece of ---- such as Bannon who he obviously was enamored of.

#24 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-08-18 02:10 PM | Reply

Who's next?

#18 | POSTED BY DANNI

Trump, hopefully

#20 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce

Be careful what you wish for. The next two in line after Trump aren't as crazy as Trump and probably will get a conservative agenda done..

#25 | Posted by boaz at 2017-08-18 02:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#15 | POSTED BY JOHNNY_HOTSAUCE
"Maybe I'm wrong about #9."

Great link, Johnny. Here's a highlight reel:
"Trump throwing Bannon under the bus to please establishment hacks? WTF!"

"I just dont get it!? How can we support him when bannon was one of the main reasons we elected him!?"

"I sent WH a telegrim just now: DEMAND YOU RE-HIRE BANNON, STOP. HE IS THE BRAINS STOP. THIS WILL NOT STAND."

"Bannon was our saving grace for the country and now what do we have?!"

"I'm done with trump. bannon was only I trusted in his circle. the swamp has sucked trump in."

"We nead 2 get ridd of Tramp and make BAnnin POTUS, he is are leeder." [personal favorite]

"It shows the real face of Kushner. Jews are never loyal to anyone but themselves."

"But not only do you damage yourself Mr. President, you damage us. We who loyally support you, this is a slap in our face."

"I don't know if I'll be able to vote for Trump in 2020 after this. Bannon was the heart of my confidence in this administration."

"So Steve Bannon is out, but Trump's Jewish son-in-law is still there. Something is definitely wrong here."

#26 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-08-18 02:16 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

"I only fire the best people, believe me!"

~donald

#27 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-08-18 02:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

[personal favorite]

rofl!!

#28 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-18 02:18 PM | Reply

I hope they do start directing their hatred at each other:

Alt-Right Ringleader Mike Cernovich Threatens to Drop ‘Motherlode' If Steve Bannon Is Ousted

"If they get rid of Bannon, you know what's gonna happen? The motherlode. If Bannon is removed, there are gonna be divorces, because I know about the mistresses, the sugar babies, the drugs, the pill popping, the orgies. I know everything," said Cernovich.

"If they go after Bannon, the mother of all stories is gonna drop, and we're just gonna destroy marriages, relationships -- it's gonna get personal."

www.thedailybeast.com

#29 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-08-18 02:21 PM | Reply

Be careful what you wish for. The next two in line after Trump aren't as crazy as Trump and probably will get a conservative agenda done..

#25 | POSTED BY BOAZ

The ship may drift starboard but at least the Captain wouldn't be aiming the bow directly at every single iceberg.

#30 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-08-18 02:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

- Alt-Right Ringleader

That must be a title like Himmler's Reichsfuhrer.

#31 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-18 02:25 PM | Reply

"If Bannon is removed, there are gonna be divorces, because I know about the mistresses, the sugar babies, the drugs, the pill popping, the orgies. I know everything,"

Doesn't everybody at least have the rough outline of this?

It's no secret he partied at Studio 54 and did boatload of blow. In fact the night after the election I heard some of those stories firsthand from Karen Centerfold at a tiny club in L.A.

#32 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-08-18 02:26 PM | Reply

"Be careful what you wish for. The next two in line after Trump aren't as crazy as Trump and probably will get a conservative agenda done."

It's a fair point but it's not entirely clear the Republic can function with Trump at the helm. He's entirely too petty and self-absorbed to manage anything bigger than a beauty pageant for underage girls that he only created so he could look at them naked.

#33 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-08-18 02:29 PM | Reply

Who knew the Trump presidency could be so much fun?

#34 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-18 02:29 PM | Reply

I think Cernovich claims to have dirt on more that just Trump. On the folks around him too. Some of whom, like Spicer and Priebus, are now gone.

#35 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-08-18 02:30 PM | Reply

You know, if his enemies would just leave him alone, President Trump would be fine. People keep stirring the pot. The problem is the Republican establishment! Well, and obviously the protesters. And the Clintons. And Obama. And, of course, the entire Democratic party. And Steve Bannon. Duh.

And also Mexico and France. And China, for sure. And Germany and Australia, and the mayor of London! And the people of Scotland.

And CNN, NBC, the New York Times, Associated Press and the Washington Post, and all other media (except Fox - they're so nice), Latinos, black people, BLM, the "alt-left," the regular left, women, Muslims, trans people, gay people, bi people, the healthcare industry, insurance companies, arts organizations, the Boy Scouts, the intelligence community, environmentalists, Amazon, Macy's, Apple, and that stupid group of losers on that stupid advisory council that he disbanded because he doesn't need them. They are stupid losers. Sad!

Don't forget New Hampshire, New York, the stupid people of Iowa, the attack on Bowling Green, scientists, Bette Midler, Neil Young, Megyn Kelly, Saturday Night Live, Hollywood, disabled people, the pope, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Richard Blumenthal, George Will, National Review, the leakers in the White House, Trump appointees such as Jeff Sessions, everyone else working for the federal government, Seventh Day Adventists, Wall Street, critics of Wall Street, the judiciary, NATO, the United Nations and that one kid with the hat at the Easter Egg roll. Terrible kid.

Take those people out of the picture and Donald J. Trump could make America great again!

#36 | Posted by cbob at 2017-08-18 02:32 PM | Reply | Funny: 4

Director of the Office of Public Liaison, George Sifakis, is also leaving the White House.

"Sources familiar with situation said White House started looking for candidates to replace him in early August. Sifakis is a close ally and personal friend of former chief of staff Reince Priebus."

www.politico.com

#37 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-08-18 02:33 PM | Reply

We'll know we are close to his resigning when he fires Ivanka.

#38 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-18 02:34 PM | Reply

I guess that NOW The Don starts hiring the best people...

#39 | Posted by catdog at 2017-08-18 02:35 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Cernovich"

Is that a Jew name?

I'm only asking because Nazis are operating freely in society with the blessing of the President.

#40 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-08-18 02:36 PM | Reply

"Ivanka served brilliantly and was a fine daughter for many years. We are saddened by her forced departure and are sure she will find another family." - WH Statement

#41 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-18 02:36 PM | Reply | Funny: 6

Bannon is not the disease that infects the nation. He is merely one of its many symptoms. The tumor is Trump, and he must be excised as quickly as possible.

#42 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-08-18 02:48 PM | Reply

Does this get filed under 1) So much winning! or 2) Well oiled machine?

#43 | Posted by 726 at 2017-08-18 02:51 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I think Cernovich claims to have dirt on more that just Trump. On the folks around him too. Some of whom, like Spicer and Priebus, are now gone.
#35 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

Cernovich is already claiming Pence is conducting a coup and the GOP Congress is counting impeachment votes.

#44 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-08-18 02:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

We'll know we are close to his resigning when he fires Ivanka.
#38 | POSTED BY CORKY AT 2017-08-18 02:34 PM | FLAG:

And get cut off from all that daddy/daughter spooning?

#45 | Posted by 726 at 2017-08-18 02:52 PM | Reply

The Nazi's over on The Breitbart comment section are losIng their crap.
Great entertainment.

#46 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-08-18 02:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

GOP Congress is counting impeachment votes.

Trump put that plan into motion when from the golf course, he demanded they get back to work via Twittler.

Nobody tells Mitch to get back to work. That much stress would surely cut into his beauty sleep.

#47 | Posted by 726 at 2017-08-18 02:54 PM | Reply

Rosie Gray‏ @RosieGray

"Steve is now unchained," source close to Bannon tells me. "Fully unchained."

#52 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-08-18 03:06 PM | Reply

We should insist on drug tests for all government workers up to and including the president.

#58 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-08-18 03:15 PM | Reply

The establishment strikes back.

#59 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2017-08-18 03:17 PM | Reply

The deconstruction of Steve Bannon.

Winning!

#60 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-08-18 03:22 PM | Reply

Trump's staff is like Pavlov's dog. Every time a breaking news story comes on, they all instinctively grab their groin.

#61 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-08-18 03:27 PM | Reply

"President Trump on Friday dismissed his embattled chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, an architect of his 2016 general election victory, in a major White House shake-up that follows a week of racial unrest, according to multiple administration officials.

The decision to fire Bannon was made by Kelly, officials said. It came after almost exactly three weeks on the job as chief of staff, a position in which he was given unilateral power to overhaul the West Wing staff in an effort to staunch warring factions, aides and advisers going rogue, and repeated leaks to the news media.

"This was without question one man's decision: Kelly. One hundred percent," one senior White House official said. "It's been building for a while."

The president, meanwhile, had been upset about Bannon's participation in a book by a Bloomberg News reporter Joshua Green, "Devil's Bargain" -- particularly the shared photo billing on the cover between Trump and his chief strategist.

This week, at a moment when even his allies and confidants agreed his job security was as precarious as it has ever been, Bannon further imperiled his own standing by giving an interview to the liberal American Prospect magazine, in which he sniped by name at his enemies within the White House ..."

www.washingtonpost.com

"an architect of his 2016 general election victory"

Sometimes people don't give Bannon enough credit for pushing the "cultural anxiety" (see racism and xenophobia) buttons for Trump and putting him over the top in the election.

Fear-mongering Spoken Here was his motto.

#62 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-18 03:29 PM | Reply

"Defending the groups' right to protest is deemed support of Nazis by every left wing zealot here and yet the ACLU came to their defense and helped them get the permit reinstated."

First off, no, not everyone believes that. Second, the ACLU has reassessed their position and will no longer "defend groups that wanted to incite violence or march "armed to the teeth" such as those who help the "unite the right" rally.

www.newsweek.com

#65 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-08-18 04:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


BloombergTV is mentioning that Mr. Gorka may be next to see the door.

#66 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-08-18 04:01 PM | Reply


"the ACLU has reassessed their position and will no longer "defend groups that wanted to incite violence or march "armed to the teeth" such as those who help the "unite the right" rally."

Golly gee, ya think?

It's about time to go beyond the theoretical into the practical with these laws.

#70 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-18 04:50 PM | Reply

"That joy could well turn to ashes in their mouths. (Shouts to Tyrion Lannister!) Why? Because although Bannon won't work in the White House any longer, his worldview and mindset have been adopted almost in toto by the one person whose opinion matters in this White House: Donald John Trump.

Bannon became a formal adviser to then-candidate Trump on August 17, 2016. But, his influence on Trump's thinking far pre-dates that.

The two men met via conservative activist David Bossie in 2011 when Trump was mulling the possibility of running for president in 2012.

Breitbart -- and Bannon in particular -- gave Trump a policy architecture on which to frame his beliefs. That's not to say that Bannon alone is responsible for Trumpism.

But it is to suggest there was a fated convergence between Bannon and Trump. At a time when Trump was looking for the words and policy proposals to shape his loosely-formed ideas, Bannon and Breitbart were there to supply them -- by the ink barrel.

And, as Trump supporter and former Georgia Congressman Jack Kingston noted on CNN on Friday afternoon: "Trump and Bannon believe in the same things."

Bannon didn't invent Trump. But he amplified him -- bigly.

Consider:

see the link

www.cnn.com

#71 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-18 05:09 PM | Reply

Bannon is not the disease that infects the nation. He is merely one of its many symptoms. The tumor is Trump, and he must be excised as quickly as possible.

#42 | Posted by e1g1

No the tumor is conservative media and the stupidity it creates.

Trump would never have been elected without fox news lying to people for years about the state of the nation, economics, hillary, illegal immigrants, birtherism, etc.

Even after trump is gone, the morons who elected him will remain and fox will keep inspiring them to drive our nation into the sea.

Fox has done more damage to america than ISIS, al queda, north korea, the viet cong, all combined.

#72 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-08-18 05:11 PM | Reply

trump had better hope that when they drove the stake through his his heart they had the good sense to decapitate the corpse and bury the two separately and make sure the grave is on hallowed ground. not very likely ...

#74 | Posted by b_al at 2017-08-18 06:46 PM | Reply

Hey Steve Bannon.

YOU FIRED!

Don't let the door hit you in the patooty on the way out.

#75 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-08-18 07:03 PM | Reply

Bannon Is 'Going Nuclear'

The ousted White House chief strategist is back at Breitbart News, and he's planning to make mischief.

"Steve is now unchained," said a source close to Bannon. "Fully unchained."

"He's going nuclear," said another friend. "You have no idea. This is gonna be really ------- bad."

Breitbart News announced on Friday evening -- in a post lauding him as a "populist hero" -- that Bannon had returned to the site as the executive chairman and had led the evening editorial meeting.

Already, Breitbart is on a war footing. "It may turn out to be the beginning of the end for the Trump administration, the moment Donald Trump became Arnold Schwarzenegger," editor Joel Pollak wrote on Friday, referring to the actor-turned-California governor, who won office as a populist outsider and exited with a 23 percent approval rating.

www.theatlantic.com

I guess that you just can't keep a good Nazi down.

#76 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-18 07:15 PM | Reply

He's already back as the executive editor at Breitbart. He will continue coordinating disruptive white supremacist messaging, but outside of Kelly's purview. They are not surrendering. They believe they can turn this inflection point towards race war.

Hopefully Muller is investigating his methlab whore house from the florida days so they can lock him up when they charge the others.

#77 | Posted by leadbelly at 2017-08-18 07:16 PM | Reply

to the donald keep poking the bear. mr. alt-right has a ------------ full of manure to spread. i guess we'll have to see how deep hi loyalties fun. i thinking of machiavelli here ...

#78 | Posted by b_al at 2017-08-18 07:35 PM | Reply

I think you guys are overestimating any animosity with Trump. He's the absolute best that the Nazi's are going to do in elected office. They are getting everything they could hope for on immigration and within the justice dept. They just can't stay on the WH payroll under Kelly.

Breitbart will probably focus on further driving the republican congress off the far right cliff through the next election cycle. Hacking away at Trump would only leave them dealing with more a moderate, sane, establishment Republican in his wake.

The comments section doesn't understand the chess game afoot. They think they are watching NASCAR.

#80 | Posted by leadbelly at 2017-08-18 07:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

A car, driven by a neo-nazi goes into a crowd and those same right-wingers lecture that not all neo-nazis are to blame.

#69 | Posted by LampLighter

Because you know... some of them Nazi's are very fine people.

#81 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-08-18 07:57 PM | Reply

Good.

#82 | Posted by hamburglar at 2017-08-18 08:07 PM | Reply

Looks like we can finally get these wars started. Let's do Syria and Nork at the same time.

#83 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2017-08-18 08:40 PM | Reply

I hope Bannon doesn't let himself go, now that he's unemployed.

#84 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-08-18 09:18 PM | Reply

donald has finally drained the swamp a wee bit. Bannon's job was the first new WH position he created out of thin air.

If it is not filled, government gets back to where it was. If not...

#85 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-08-18 09:40 PM | Reply

Trump had to do something to keep Susan Bro off the news cycle refusing Trump's invitation to the WH. "Bannon you're out"

#86 | Posted by Badcat at 2017-08-18 10:36 PM | Reply

Mike Cernovich @Cernovich

With Bannon Back at Breitbart, a Right-Wing Army Prepares for War

www.vanityfair.com

#87 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-08-18 10:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Baked Alaska™ @bakedalaska

Bannon is back at Breitbart going to war for Trump against his opponents on capitol hill, in the media, and in corporate America. #WAR

#88 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-08-19 12:21 AM | Reply

Fake News again.

Bannon resigned on Aug 7. He was not fired. So he left. Big Deal.

Won't bother Trump supporters much. Trump was not the candidate of conservatives. He only had the support of about 25% of the conservative base.

Most conservatives did not like or support Trump whom they considered and still consider a Regan Democrat, with far to liberal leanings. The conservative candidate was Cruz. Trump took support from Cruz by demonstrating superior street fighting skills. As is well known Cruz has lost every fight he started.

Bannon was a part of that. But the "Street Fighting" phase of the Trump presidency is over and rightly so. Bannon does need to get back to Breitbart where he can be far more effective than he can be in the White House. In the White House Bannon is in fetters! Why stay?

#89 | Posted by AWinter at 2017-08-19 09:18 AM | Reply

We haven't seen the last of Bannon:

Steve Bannon May Be A Bigger Asset To Trump Outside The White House Than In It

Watch, carefully, what Breitbart publishes in the coming months.

Steve Bannon has never been subtle about his desire to destroy the US government

In 2016, Bannon described himself as a Leninist. When a Daily Beast reporter asked what that meant, Bannon replied: "Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that's my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today's establishment."

That was Bannon's goal before he became a federal employee, funded by U.S. tax dollars. But Bannon's views did not change when he became Trump's chief strategist. In his February speech to CPAC, Bannon said his objective was to "deconstruct the administrative state" and that many of the injurious incompetents who fill Trump's cabinet–the EPA head who opposes environmental protections, the HUD secretary who opposes public housing–"were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction."

Bannon sought to destroy the United States as we know it from both from within the White House as Trump's advisor, and from outside it, back when he was the editor of white supremacist outlet Breitbart. Bannon sought to build a movement, not serve our government. In many ways, he succeeded: his white nationalist views became sanctioned at the executive level, and the US government is chaotic, understaffed, and weaker on the global stage than at any point this century.

www.fastcompany.com

#90 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-08-19 10:31 AM | Reply

Also from above article: Trump thinks riots are necessary for America to be great again:

What is essential to realize is that, despite reports of a feud, Trump shares much of Bannon's dark outlook. Trump spent his business career eagerly anticipating both social and economic disasters. "I sort of hope that happens because then people like me would go in and buy," Trump said of the housing crash in 2006. Before that, Trump spent decades exploiting the damaged economies of towns like Gary, Indiana and Atlantic City, leaving them as bad or worse off than when he arrived. In 2014, Trump openly longed for the U.S. to "go to total hell" and cited riots as necessary for true American greatness–words that should worry all of us as we head into this tense weekend. Over the past two years, Trump has rarely condemned his white supremacist supporters who attack ethnic and religious minorities; at one point, he offered to pay legal fees for violent fans.

#91 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-08-19 10:40 AM | Reply

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