So, I go to the UK for a few days to see my sister and the next thing I know is that Bannon has been fired. I’m not in the least surprised.
Courtesy of The Telegraph:
A defiant Steve Bannon declared the Trump presidency he had campaigned for was over as he vowed to carry on the fight after being ousted as the White House chief strategist.
Within hours of leaving his office, Mr Bannon was back at Breitbart, the right wing website he ran, presiding over the evening news conference.
In interviews he made it clear he was not going quietly as he rounded on those he held responsible for his departure.
“The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” he told the Weekly Standard, a right-wing newspaper “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency,” he continued.
“But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”
He added: “I feel jacked up. Now I’ve got my hands back on my weapons,” he added as he vowed “Bannon the barbarian” would crush the opposition.
“There’s no doubt. I built a —–ng machine at Breitbart. And now I’m about to go back, knowing what I know, and we’re about to rev that machine up. And rev it up we will do.”
His loyalty to Donald Trump remained undimmed.
“If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America,” he told Bloomberg.
It seems as if although he has been fired, he’s really not going anywhere. He is still going to try and wreak havoc.
From a perch on the outside, Bannon reasoned, he could launch attacks on GOP leaders, stir up primary challenges, and rile conservative supporters — “going medieval,” he has said — much as Breitbart did against former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Bannon can also pressure the White House to allowing a government shutdown if Trump doesn’t get what he wants in a funding bill.
Such a barrage, should it materialize, would further exacerbate tensions that are deeply dividing Republicans during the Trump era.
Conservative writer Lee Stranahan, who formerly worked with Bannon at Breitbart, said Bannon wouldn’t be afraid to pressure Trump, reasoning that he was more concerned about pushing for populist priorities than offending the president.
“It’s all about the agenda, he’s a stalwart on the agenda. He’s never been about just Trump,” Stranahan said.
He’s going to remain a thorn in the GOP’s side. They won’t like that. And he has all of that Mercer money behind him!