It was shocking yesterday to read the headline on Drudge that said Bannon has turned on Trump and declared that Don Jr. acted treasonously by meeting with Russians.
What’s going on? Steve Bannon worked hard to get Trump elected and saw him as a vehicle for turning this country around. Why the flip?
And can it be believed?
The author Michael Wolff has a long history of dubious stories. Most of his books are 90% off at Amazon today. This one, Fire and Fury, will put a few bucks in his pocket as Snowflakes and Trump loathers are drooling to get at the stories.
But back to Bannon.
There were warning signs that popped up along the way.
First, Bannon was a Cruz-er.
ith all that’s coming out today, regarding the early days of the Trump White House and all the conflicting attitudes, it should come as no surprise that Buzzfeed News has their own reveal.
The website obtained several email exchanges between Steve Bannon and employees of Breitbart News, before Bannon was eventually brought in to work for the Trump campaign.
In January 2016 there was an exchange between Bannon and then-tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos, regarding an email sent to both Bannon and Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow.
It was 3 weeks before the Iowa caucus and the email contained a draft of a piece called “How Trump Can Win Iowa.”
“Why r we doing this,” Bannon responded.
“We want him to win, don’t we?” Yiannopoulos wrote back. “Well, I do…”
“No,” Bannon replied, and told his staffers to hold the story. “I’m totally indifferent. I’m Darwinian…he who wins, wins.”
He (Bannon) wanted then-Breitbart editor-at-large Ben Shapiro to write a counter-piece supporting Ted Cruz.
In response to Bannon’s criticism of Trump’s lack of humility before God, Breitbart’s Washington political editor Matthew Boyle chimed in. “…He can’t do anything wrong, at least in his mind,” Boyle wrote. “Trump is a genius at showing absolutely no weakness whatsoever and projecting macho man confidence. He is a giant walking, living, breathing self-fulfilling prophecy.”
“Narcissist,” Bannon wrote back.
So Bannon just wasn’t a fan of Trump’s it appears.
It was seven months later that Bannon left to join Trump’s campaign. I can only imagine the Mercers had some input in that area.
The Mercers are the big buck folks who bankrolled Ted Cruz for a long time, then joined the Trump team. They recently cut ties with Bannon.
Right after he was fired, Bannon went on 60 Minutes. That was a quick turn around, wasn’t it? The CBS show and network are no fans of Trump. Bannon used it to criticize some of his colleagues. That was not a good thing to do.
Bannon also has violated – if the quotes are true – the non disclosure clause Trump had in every campaign workers’ contract. A loyal and trustworthy person does not go against is word.
Bannon is now on the outs with Trump. He has made a critical error. He had already marked himself as inept with losing the Alabama senate seat with his candidate Roy Moore. He has played right into the GOPe hands by marking himself as a loser. Meanwhile, Trump will not lose his base.
Maybe he should have noticed the Trump effect. Many people who go against the president find that fate seems to catch up with them in a negative way.
Another effect will be on Breitbart. That site will have to distance themselves from Bannon if it wants to stay relevant.
It would have been a different thing to criticize Trump policies. By making it personal and dragging in family members, he’s crossed the line.
So long, Steve. You did it to yourself.