I have to admit that I didn’t think that President Trump’s warhead-launching button measuring contest with Kim Jong Un would be so easily knocked out of the headlines. It just goes to show that nothing can divert attention away from a Trump feud so much as another Trump feud.
In Round One, it was revealed that erstwhile Trump adviser Steve Bannon had this to say about Don Trump, Jr’s meeting with Russian spy lady. I’m too lazy to spell it. Is it Valashinaya or something? That sounds more Indian.
Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”, according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian.
Bannon, speaking to author Michael Wolff, warned that the investigation into alleged collusion with the Kremlin will focus on money laundering and predicted: “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”
That’s incredible. I didn’t wake up this morning expecting Bannon to jump on the TrumpRussia bandwagon. I waited around for the president’s inevitable counterattack tweet. I wasn’t sure if he would go after The Guardian or Bannon first. In the end, it wasn’t a tweet but an official White House statement.
Trump totally torches Bannon: “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.” Full statement: pic.twitter.com/ElhChPiOx8
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) January 3, 2018
That was…worse than what Trump would have dropped in a tweet. Bannon just got smashed harder than a foreign leader who has been threatening to nuke us. Imagine it. I can’t top this one right here.
Condolences to Steve Bannon’s family on him becoming the first American citizen rhetorically droned on U.S. soil
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) January 3, 2018
Some Bannon supporters are questioning whether or not he really said this. That debate would seem to have been rendered moot by the White House
sodomization in print written response. The White House did eventually call the book “tabloid trash” which would make for an interesting play to discredit Bannon for saying what the book said he said but also saying that what the book said isn’t true. But let’s say it matters.
In that case, I think it’s pretty clear that Trump saw in this an opportunity to crush Bannon for good and decided to take it without waiting to find out if it was true or not. Bannon was a problem for the White House when he worked in it. After he was fired/quit/was escorted out/climbed over the fence and ran, he made a complete disaster of the Alabama Senate race (specifically mentioned in the WH statement), and has apparently continued badmouthing the Administration and the president’s inner circle to anyone writing a book who will buy him a drink.
Sure, Bannon could still deny that he said it or claim that he was taken out of context or whatever. After all, his statement about DJT Jr flatly contradicts what he said to 60 Minutes as recently as September. But it’s likely that he was going to keep making these statements and–worse–continue trying to influence primary elections to put additional Roy Moores into otherwise-winnable races. I think that Trump saw the opportunity to put down a political nuisance from the Right and gladly pulled the trigger. Rare occurrence to come from that direction, but there it is.
Now it looks like not only is Bannon finished as a political player as far as the Republican Party is concerned, but he might manage to take Breitbart down with him. How long until he steps down from his role there to save it?