Trump Bars Breitbart From Alabama Rally As Feud With Bannon Escalates

Tyler Durden's picture

Apparently, this is what Steve Bannon meant when he swore he would never turn on his old boss during a series of interviews he gave after leaving the West Wing.

The simmering feud between Breitbart and President Donald Trump intensified on Friday as the Trump communications team barred a Breitbart reporter from the press pool during a Trump rally in Alabama, where the president was campaigning for Luther Strange (aka "Big L") - his pick to permanently fill the Alabama senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Trump announced his support for Strange weeks ago, eliciting howls of outrage from Bannon and Breitbart, who have accused Strange of being a “swamp creature” and blasted him for his association with former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, who resigned earlier this year following a widely publicized sex scandal. Strange served as attorney general of Alabama (Sessions’ old job) under Bentley, and has been working with Trump for months after being appointed by Bentley to temporarily fill Sessions' old seat. 

But for better or worse, Strange is Trump's man - for now, at least - and the president showered him with praise during the rally. But while cycling through his greatest hits (everything from the second amendment, to Hillary-bashing, to his promised border wall), he found time to slip in a subtle dig at Bannon, joking that he had "fired" certain former staffers for disloyalty. Bannon and Breitbart have consistently supported  Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore, who will face off against Strange in Tuesday's crucial Republican runoff primary.

Anyone who has closely followed the many staffing changes at the White House will, of course, remember that Bannon and the White House communications department have offered conflicting accounts of the terms of his departure, with Bannon insisting that he left voluntarily, while the communications staff have suggested that he was fired.

A similar ambiguity exists surrounding the terms of Bannon loyalist and former Breitbart employee Sebastian Gorka's departure, who, as luck would have it, appeared on Fox Business just minutes before Trump took the stage to slam the president over his support for Strange.

In a brief segment, Gorka criticized Strange for his association with Bentley and claimed that Moore was the true “MAGA” candidate.

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Of course, when Bannon – who is back running Breitbart – promised that he wouldn’t use the website as a cudgel against Trump, he did so with the caveat that Breitbart would hold the administration accountable should it abandon the nationalist, populist agenda that Trump promised the American people during the campaign.

To wit, Breitbart has become increasingly frustrated with Trump’s perceived abdication of his nationalist agenda by sending more troops to Afghanistan (after promising to bring troops home) and, more intolerably, his decision to allow DACA to be preserved in law by striking a deal with “Chuck and Nancy.”

And now it’s decided to turn its guns on Trump, publishing now fewer than hald a dozen anti-Strange or anti-Trump headlines during the Trump rally last night.


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And now, Axios is reporting that Steve Bannon has been confirmed to headline a Roy Moore rally in Alabama Sunday night, alongside Phil Robertson of the popular show “Duck Dynasty.” Axios, which noted that Strange is also the pick of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a perennial Bannon foe, explained that “for Bannon to make a rare public appearance in such close proximity to Trump shows how invested he is in the race specifically, and attacking McConnell more generally.” But in attacking McConnell, in this instance, he is also striking at Trump.

In keeping with his promise to always support Trump against the establishment forces that Bannon says are trying to co-opt the Trump presidency, Axios reported that the Bannon camp is trying to spin the attacks against Strange as an indirect way of “supporting” Trump.

"Steve is coming to Alabama to support President Trump against the Washington establishment and Mitch McConnell. Steve views Judge Moore as a fierce advocate of Trump and the values he campaigned on."

To be sure, Breitbart’s strategy may be working. Trump appeared to admit during the rally last night that his Strange endorsement may have been a mistake, and that he would support Moore if he wins.

While the crowd at Friday’s rally cheered mightily for Trump, the cheers for his chosen candidate were less enthusiastic. As of Saturday afternoon, Moore leads Strange by nearly 9 percentage points in the RealClearPolitics polling average.

Whoever wins Tuesday’s primary has a virtual lock on the senate seat. And as the race draws closer, we expect to hear more from Trump. But will Breitbart succeed in convincing him to change his endorsement?

Given Trump’s distaste for “losers”, we imagine it’s not out of the question. 

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vortmax's picture

I was at that rally last night. It was ran by the Luther Strange campaign. Not Trump!

tmosley's picture

Good point.

Peanutz won't like it though. They always wanted to hate Trump. They get off on being oppressed.

TheReplacement's picture

Do you have kids of military age?  No?  Then STFU.

Pairadimes's picture

From what I understand, Breitbart was delayed for 20 minutes by a low-level functionary for Strange. Not quite the balls-out death match the media would have you believe.

whatamaroon's picture

That was an old Brietbart headline, they changed it to small one as you described.

Al Gophilia's picture

The ins and outs of intrigue of this presidency is so fucken crazy that I am reserving judgement until the the next election. One of my reasons for supporting the return of a peoples government through Trump was to achieve exactly what is happening now. I expected the whole swamp to be exposed and that's happening. Trump's grasp on my vote is tenuous but he is only a tool if he gets it again. I have no champions.

My glee is levened by the rising destruction of the perception of the "We're here to help!" bedtime story. The repugnant republican side is proving to be the repugnant democratic party. They submitted bill after bill to repeal Obamacare when in opposition but now they have a President just (aparently) awaiting to sign it and after 7 years of political knavery, (they can't) with all their years of experience of submitting one to Obama, summarize them all and expeditiously put it on DT's desk? Bullshit!

( Ah-ha moment); They're on the same team.

They're like NFL, one team off -(PUNT)-, the next one on. Regardless, it's great to see the turmoil; Trump making deals with democrats, Trump not vetoing the Russian sanctions, Trump not pulling out of the Ghan, Trump surrounding himself with MIC and Goldman Suchs turnstile-workers, not to mention the dems falling apart,; leaderless. Sessions nowhere to be seen (WTFJ? - Where The Fuck's Jeff?), Mueller holding kangaroo courts, Washerwoman-(I see nothing) Shultz compromised, Hillary in the House of Denial, Obama still thinking he's president, his partner thinking he's a woman. It's all too much for this bear to bear, without giggling.


Dizzy Malscience's picture


I hope Bannon trumps Trump in this election.


Manthong's picture


Anybody that would be Mitch McConnell’s pick would not be mine.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"To wit, Breitbart has become increasingly frustrated with Trump’s perceived abdication of his nationalist agenda by sending more troops to Afghanistan (after promising to bring troops home) and, more intolerably, his decision to allow DACA to be preserved in law by striking a deal with “Chuck and Nancy.”~

Breitbart isn't the only one.

Trader200K's picture

Yes, when you think about it, who is guilty of "disloyalty" here to begin with?


The Wizard's picture

Not only Seth Rich, consider Mattis, McMaster, Kelly, Cohn, Mnuchin, Sessions, DeVoe, Haley, Kushner, Ivanka, and the list goes on, and on, and on.

rbianco3's picture

Hit the nail on the head.

My vote was an FU to start with- and looks that way again- so let the parts go flying and see where that leaves us. Can it be much worse than the trajectory we were on? I doubt it considering we'd be under Obama/Clinton.

There will be days I'll rip President Trump a new one, if you know me- then you'll know why- but generally speaking- I'm seeing where the chips fall and realize I have zero power no matter how much I bitch. I'll support the Prez until his end- at which time if he fails- then I become an enemy along with millions of others.

Al Gophilia's picture

That's the story I present to both trump tub thumpers and Trump haters. They both get hell from me. Long live the Republic. We may be cloaked in darkness in these times but our obligations to duty as Americans are the same as if we were living in the light. When the time is ripe, we have to rise up. Like our forefathers, our failed petitions against the tyranny and injustice of their rule, will have to be addressed.

The Wizard's picture

What makes you believe Trump wishes to protect liberty and the republic? I never once heard him speak of liberty, the basis of our original government which is long gone.

Arnold's picture

If you had elected Hillary, this venue would be gone.
No doubt about it.
You protect your Liberty.
Not some governance.

The Wizard's picture

Hillary wasn't elected and Trump was elected on a mandate. The problem is people forget continuing to apply pressure. They want to talk about the election. I hope Bannon et al. force him to the mandate he was elected on. Quit making excuses using Hitlary.

Right now Trump is playing the political diversion game focusing on the NFL when he is doing nothing more than giving them the attention they don't deserve. There are too many issues facing this country and most go back to the fiat debt instrument currency.

Al Gophilia's picture

I didn't say that. I said I have no champions and I mean it. There is only one path and that is a return of my liberty under my constitution. It's a tyranny we have. A tyranny of oligarchs and criminal usurpers. They are nobodies in flimflam suits. He's a means to an end as will be the next punk. I relate to your points though, as there is little we've heard post-election about anything related to the Constitution and his promise to hand it back at the inauguration. The implications of that are mind boggling as it would be revolutionary of him to start that process. He would be assassinated and martial law would be decreed immediately. Both parties would endorse it. It's falling into place.

greenskeeper carl's picture

WTF does that have to do with anything?

runswithscissors's picture

Return the useless Jeff Sessions and get someone as AG that will actually prosecute the Hitlery Klinton and her ilk for the TREASON they committed. I guess that's too much to ask?

Internet-is-Beast's picture

You guessed right.

However, prosecuting and putting Hillary in an orange jump suit is an excellent litmus test for whether there is any hope for America.

Does anyone know the latest reading on the Clinton meter?

DjangoCat's picture

I think you misunderstand the extent of the problem.

j0nx's picture

My biggest disappointment in this entire fiasco of a Presidency is Jeff Sessions. I thought that guy was going to kick ass and take names. That video of him shooing away the creepy Biden's hand from that kid was proof to me that Sessions was a decent man. It has become clear to me that he is compromised in some way either through blackmail of something he did or threats of some kind that he takes seriously enough to completely disregard the duties of his office. Either way he is not fit for the job at this point. There is wayyyy too much proof of criminal wrongdoing in so many areas for him to be so completely and utterly MIA for the past 8 months.

rbianco3's picture

Sorry if you do- I don't and mine are daughters. I don't support military action at all- and will be first in DC should anything happen.

rbianco3's picture

Don't you think Trump's hint about what people ask for - to get his support was a hint as to WHY he was supporting this dude w/o ruining the appearance of supporting the dude?

ZH readers helped me see the light on the free speech bill - I'm trying to return the favor.

rbianco3's picture

Anyone know where Strange stands on the issue of (((them)))?

I've always believed Bannon to be on (((their))) side- it's the harded place to leave a critique comment about (((them))) so makes sense. Maybe President is playing long con against a clever & dangerous enemy.

Consider that Trump was not allowed to get near Netenyahoo while there- that speaks volumes no?

Blue Steel 309's picture

The alt-right doesn't call it "kikebart" for no reasons. He is absolutely an Israeli agent. At the moment, those in power in Israel are not very supportive of the radical cultural marxist agenda their diaspora kinsmen are promoting.

None of them care about America, Americans, or especially Whites.

Juggernaut x2's picture

The jews are smart enough to keep the whites around to skim off of- what parasite wants to kill the host?

BarkingCat's picture

They really aren't

They think a less intelligent cattle will be easier to utilize.

Maybe that's why they don't eat pork.

Pigs are very intelligent animals and it is probably too much effort for those (((farmers)))

opport.knocks's picture

A pig can also quickly and efficiently consume and digest a human body.

Clashfan's picture

Andrew Breitbart and other founders of the mag have always been ridiculously pro-Izrahole. Suspciously pro-Izrahole.


rbianco3's picture

I didn't know they called it kikebart, but did notice *any* criticism on that site drew instant attacks and/or censoring.

Now- if true and you happen to believe them an enemy- then we have cause for celebration.


  • Bannon pushed out
  • Trump not allowed to let Netenyahoo get too close when in IR (by general)
  • Attempted appointment of General Flynn
  • Pushing out of Kushner (serious blow against them)

But then we have

  • Goldman Sachs all over
  • Nutenyahoo praising Trump but could be long con (hope)

There is definitely a serious power struggle going on- so while they are rolling around the fight ring- let's see who wins before we crush what little political capital the President has left. It's 50-50 in my mind, maybe 60-40 agaisnt them. 


Thom Paine's picture

You got it absolutely backwards. Trump is close with Bibi.

Kushner will never go unless he has Meuller problems.

Trump got rid of all the Maga guys, and bought in Swamp people, and supports a 100% swamp person for Senate. Trump is swamp now, even if you like his style.  Lots of people loved Obama's style.

Why the fuck did Trump bring Kushner in when he totally knows this guy.

Don't get too butt hurt over Briebart, unless they do something to be but hurt over.  

Youwouldn't sack your lung sergeon because HD is Zionist. Sometimes the group you consider your enemy can be useful, when your goals align.

sarz's picture

About Bannon being on (((their))) side, as of the moment I would say the chances that Trump is actually loving (((them))) to death is five percent and that Bannon is doing so around ninety.

I have been pushing the 'anti-semitism' envelope at Breitbart comments for a while now. They will publish anything immediately if it's just a few lines. And half of my longish 'extreme' comments get through. They won't do two long ones in quick succession, though. 


Got The Wrong No's picture

Zh has upped it's click bait headline game lately. Why not. Huff Poo and Yahoo do the same thing. LOL

rbianco3's picture

It's like a race to the finish line-- and nothing held back. Everyone went "all-in"

Now would be a good time to ask- who went all in on this September 23 end of the world scam? Publishers pushing that insanity are taking a beating on Jootube. What doesn't destroy you makes you stronger- we are (slowly) getting smarter & stronger. 

Did someone hope for more fear, possibly unrest, or possibly persons selling prime property for unrealistic fears? Who would do that?

Forgot what my main point was- so if off- apologies.

BobEore's picture

Cat fight!


palace coup!

Stevie always wanted that rococo furniture collection... and the big four poster where the POTUS lies awake at nights, dreading another encounter with the ice-cold disaffected trophy wife, while pathetically beckoning memories of Marla pre ski slope dayz/

Some things even an (non)ex-Goldmanite can't buy... they just have to wait and garner by stealth n deception!

ElTerco's picture

So much for freedom of speech. The conservatives are now no better than the liberals.

natxlaw's picture

Look a CIA/NSA troll ^^^^^^^^

rbianco3's picture

If anyone wants to see where free speech ends.

Try Tweeting about ((them)) your account will be locked same day. Oh want an example: look at @RichBianco starting at 2nd to last tweet. They are NOT ban worthy.

I've criticized the President many times- nothing happens. 

Speaks volumes about WHAT we need to unite over. Screw this small sheet. 

rbianco3's picture

Respectfully disagree.

President made the suggestion via personal account- and it was obvious that it's a business decision not related to free speech whatsoever. But surely the President understand that this attack is coming from Obama and/or the deep state (Msm, Nfl, Nba, Blm, Isis, Antifa et al). 

If you want to see what gets you silenced take a look at my 2nd to last tweet for banned tweeker account @RichBianco then tell me who is silencing critics. And then you could look at @SubotexGuy also locked (not banned) for some pretty nasty comments most at them. Thankfully I had a dozen accounts but the remaining ones don't have much a voice.

You have to click through the warning that the account had suspicious activity to see the tweets. It'll be worth the minute of your time- not ban worthy at all.

Deep In Vocal Euphoria's picture

Ha ha ha..............................


The trumpers love it............finally a fascist bully in the white house.....................

Juggernaut x2's picture

Trump has abandoned most of his base and has a few million diehards left

chunga's picture

The maverick outsider is on a roll today. C'mon Bannon, drop and give me ten mandatory national anthems!