Bannon Speaks: "I'm Going To War For Trump"

Update: that was quick. As Breitbart's Charlie Spiering reports, Bannon jas returned to Breitbart News as Executive Chairman of Breitbart News "and chaired our evening editorial meeting"

As The Hill adds, Bannon reclaimed the title of Breitbart's executive chairman and directed the outlet’s Friday editorial meeting, the website said in a statement on Friday.

“The populist-nationalist movement got a lot stronger today,” said Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow. “Breitbart gained an executive chairman with his finger on the pulse of the Trump agenda.

As chairman, Bannon oversaw massive growth of the populist website before leaving to be chairman of Trump’s campaign. Bannon never settled into his role as chief strategist in the White House, where he feuded bitterly with ideological rivals like Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, economic adviser Gary Cohn and national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

Breitbart eagerly accepted Bannon back into the fold. “Breitbart’s pace of global expansion will only accelerate with Steve back,” said Breitbart president Larry Solov. “The sky’s the limit.”

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While Breitbart has warned of war 'against' Trump - should he break from the policies upon which he was elected - former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has spoken for the first time since being fired today.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Bannon said he was "going to war" for Trump...

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,

So, war it is!

Presumably, being outside The White House allows him more freedom to pursue his tactics. The question is - given the narrative being spun is he resigned by mutual agreement - does Bannon stil have Trump's ear? And if so, will Cohn, Kelly, and Kushner stand for it? We already know his agenda is anything but in line with theirs.

Notably The White House formally launched a probe of China's intellectual property practices tonight - invoking Section 301 just as Bannon had said.

With regard his internal adversaries, at the departments of State and Defense, who think the United States can enlist Beijing’s aid on the North Korean standoff, and at Treasury and the National Economic Council who don’t want to mess with the trading system, Bannon was ever harsher...

“Oh, they’re wetting themselves,” he said, explaining that the Section 301 complaint, which was put on hold when the war of threats with North Korea broke out, was shelved only temporarily, and will be revived in three weeks. As for other cabinet departments, Bannon has big plans to marginalize their influence.


“That’s a fight I fight every day here,” he said. “We’re still fighting. There’s Treasury and [National Economic Council chair] Gary Cohn and Goldman Sachs lobbying.”


“We gotta do this. The president’s default position is to do it, but the apparatus is going crazy. Don’t get me wrong. It’s like, every day.”

Bannon dismissed the far-right as irrelevant:

“Ethno-nationalism—it's losers. It's a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more.”


“These guys are a collection of clowns,” he added.

And finally, Bannon scoffed at The Democrats...

“...the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.

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Kurt Bardella, a Republican communications specialist who worked for Bannon at Breitbart but later denounced him, predicts the strategist would "feel liberated" by his departure.

"Now, he will be able to operate openly and freely to inflict as much damage as he possibly can on the ‘globalists’ that remain in the Trump Administration."


Paul Kersey JSBach1 Fri, 08/18/2017 - 17:35 Permalink

It's looking more and more like it's Kushner's Presidency to lose.

Kushner and Bannon have battled for the position of Trump's Rasputin since before the election. One week Kushner might be on top, and the next week it could be Bannon.

Then came Trump's comments supporting the alt-right in Charlottesville. Bannon is blamed for putting those ideas in Trump's ear.

Then there was the "off the record" Bannon interview, in which Bannon denies Trump's potential military solution to North Korea, and in which Bannon talks about whom he is going to fire.

Then there's the Bannon rental house in Miami interview. A tub filled with acid, porn movies and a meth lab are all in the story. It's as if Bannon said, "Give me liberty, or give me meth".

We hear that Trump's cabinet members and advisors, former Goldman Sach Prez Cohn, former Soros partner Mnuchin, former Rothschild leader Ross, LBO king Ichan (who left Trump Town today) and goldmanite son-in-law Kushner, are highly offended by the Nazis chanting "Jews will not replace us".

Well, Steve Bannon will not be chanting, "Jews will not replace us", because he will be replaced. If one works in the Trump Administration, one shouldn't get close enough to a moving bus, because one never knows when one will be thrown under said bus.

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JSBach1 Paul Kersey Fri, 08/18/2017 - 17:54 Permalink

It seems he, Kushner, is being groomed for the role, for when, is the remaining question.Funny that you mentioned Rasputin, and quite apt, because that is what I have called Jared/Ivanka right after Trump dropped the tomahawkz in Syria.Bannon has been setup as the fall guy for weeks now, and the signs have been evident, the most recent attempt was by Roger Stone in yesterday's Daily Caller article: can deduce the intentions of the man by the company he keeps.Good points!

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general ambivalent Paul Kersey Fri, 08/18/2017 - 20:13 Permalink

Bannon is in the same situation as Trump: either he's a dumb fuck or he is a plant. What's the evidence for this? He went into this with some knowledge of the conservative disconnect as well as the need to connect to the Alt-Right. And now he has come out against the Alt-Right and returned to discussion of the conservative problem as if he was never aware of it to begin with.Why blame the conservative establishment for ruining the Trump administration while also condemning the opposition to that establishment? It makes no sense at all. No sense at all. On both sides. On both sides. This is leaving out the strangeness of the Breitbart empire. The strangeness of the Breitbart empire. Not to mention Trump's cultish manner of speaking. Cultish manner of speaking.

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Paul Kersey wcole225 Fri, 08/18/2017 - 21:29 Permalink

I don't see general as a "dumb ass". He makes a good point about Bannon trying to win a war by fighting on too may fronts. Hitler made the same mistake. In short:

"One of the most momentous decisions in history was Adolf Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941.

Operation Barbarossa transformed Nazi Germany's war from a one-front struggle, against a weakened Britain and a still-neutral United States, into a two-front conflict. The Eastern Front absorbed as much as three-quarters of the German army and inflicted two-thirds of German casualties."

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Cashboy Paul Kersey Sat, 08/19/2017 - 11:34 Permalink

Hitler had no choice but to invade Russia because Germany needed oil.Germany had been pushed out of North Africa so lost the oil there.The actual reason that Germany lost the battle in North Africa was because Germany had to take troops out of North Africa to go and finish off Greece because the Italians let the Germans down.  The Italians were supposed to finish off Greace and Malta and had even been supplied with all the necessary equipment and arms by the Germans but as usual the Italians messed around and did nothing.

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Matteo S. Paul Kersey Sat, 08/19/2017 - 01:45 Permalink

Nobody ever forced a president to name his son-in-law in such a position as Trump did with Kushner.

This was Trump's decision.

It's time to wake-up and admit that Trump is nothing else but an ambitious and narcissistic crook who fooled the people who wanted to have a genuine anti-globalist president and got a fake one.

All this was about personal ambition and ego. Trump wanted revenge against Obama who had ridiculed him. He doesn't give a shit about the people who elected him.

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JSBach1 Croesus Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:03 Permalink

Let me preface my response with an observation @ JS Bach is the other half of our name sake and I will let him speak for himself, but I get the gist ;-)Now, it bears to repeat what I stated as a reply to your well thought out response to Jim and Jeff keen observations, on the other thread: "They're going thermonuclear, Breitbart declares war...":@Jim, Jeff, and Croesus:   The only way to truly regain "civilian control" of our government is to wrest it away from those who are in control. Anything less is merely an "appearance" of civilian control -- an illusion of control. One axiom left to us by those that preceded us and it is literally inscribed in literature clearly spells out the true nature of power and those who hold it will not relinquish it willingly for they are consumed by it entirely.   It is only through the watchful eyes of it's subjects (citizenry) and ultimately action by enough of them united is a just cause that can overturn this varmint, a decadent colossus. In the absence of such a reaction the beast will grow ever larger and it's appetite grow insatiably out of proportion until it explodes in a near instant having lost any semblance of balance. Afterall, it is this very human hubris and its vacuous effect that that has led to the downfall of all empires and into the dustbin of human history.

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matermaker JSBach1 Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:56 Permalink

   It is all about controlling the narrative.  I would suspect Bannon would wield more power outside a dark corner in the WH doing what he does best.  You still have the name "Hearst" on almost every single local television station in the nation and the usual suspects on a national level.  But then, find me somebody under 30 years old that still watches television news.  You will see more and more tweeted videos of cops killing blacks, antifa folks running the streets with clubs, rural folks saying enough is enough.  The truth will come out.  It always does.  You can't beat somebody down into 'stopping the hate'.  Well, I reckon there is the stockholm syndrome...   anyway, Like I said, it is all about who is best at controlling the narritive.  What it is folks see and hear.  Bannon is better in the trenches, not in a tower.

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vato poco Croesus Fri, 08/18/2017 - 17:40 Permalink

go get em, Bannon. speak to us of election fraud, and Seth Rich, and pedogate, and the Obama Enemy Blackmail Team, and the motherfuckin Awan brothers/ISI spy & blackmail scandal, and so so much more. let "what would the deep state NOT want to see made public today?" be your guide.Steve Bannon, thou art loosed. use it well.

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mkkby vato poco Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:33 Permalink

Fail.  Magi is over.  The swamp won.  Globalists won.  Middle class americans just got fucked right up the ass.  As always.  As most of us always knew.Steve is just being gracious and classy.  He will never be heard from again.  Brietbart will continue to blow hot and cold, but be ignored by power.BTW, I knew he was gone when that interview came out yesterday.  Kelly wants nobody going off message and inflaming the media.

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vato poco mkkby Fri, 08/18/2017 - 19:27 Permalink

sure am glad you weren't a member of the US Navy command in, say, april 1942."fail! remember pearl harbor is over. the japs won. we never had a chance - they're just too strong for us. recommend suing for peace, boss"and therein lies the fundamental problem with the right: they'll give up at the drop of a hat, not one fucking ounce of staying power. we'll see if that's Bannon's problem, too. I tend to doubt it

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mkkby vato poco Fri, 08/18/2017 - 20:36 Permalink

Fuck tard -- If Trump valued Bannon's opinions over the globalists, he would have FIRED THE GLOBALISTS instead.Steve had Trump's ear every day.  He turned out to be a minor figure who wasn't valued.  The swamp creatures are the ones still standing, still able to make policy, still able to walk into Trump's office and make their arguments.Does your shitty little ineffective brain hurt from the logic?

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whatsupdoc mkkby Fri, 08/18/2017 - 21:23 Permalink

It is true that Trump has not landed a significant blow on the swamp.  They are eroding him.There will be nothing left soon.  A bit like a continuous dose of radiation.  It erodes matter away.I do not know where to from here for the American right.  There needs to be wholesale change in political parties for sure.  Basic problem in democracies is that people always see it as a two horse race.  Some democracies are setup so there can be only two horses in the race.

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vato poco mkkby Fri, 08/18/2017 - 21:31 Permalink

so Trump let go a guy you like - fucktard - and your internet SEAL badass response is to run to ZH to snivel "it's alllll lost!!! we're DOOMED, maaaaaaann! we can't beat these guys! they're just too strong for little me!! GAME OVER!!!!"and *I'm* the bad guy here for pointing out your gutlessness? LOLagain, thank God you weren't/aren't in charge of fighting a REAL war for us. fucktard.

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Oldwood vato poco Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:09 Permalink

If I only had a bitcoin for every time we heard that Trump was fucked. He heard that everyday of his campaign and every day since. Yes it may still come true, but this is not that.Sometimes simply surviving is winning, especially when faced with what Trump has endured. Everyone left and tight has shat upon him publicly, and probably far worse in private, and he keeps going. It gets to him sometimes and he loses it, and the response of all of the calm cool thoughtful minds of ZH is DOOM!No matter how foolish trump may sound in some of his responses to attacks, he is STILL making his point, and we KNOW this by the media and people like McCain and Graham's response. Everyday that these idiots are motivated to expose themselves for who they are, Trump is winning. As we know, it may ALL have to get burned to the ground to fix it, and Trump goading these people to make a complete and transparent display of their ignorance, broken ideologies and CORRUPTION, is the exact illustration that enables the fire that the swamp so terribly fears.For all the hate the left seems obsessed about their are oblivious to their own display of hate so over the top and extreme that they are forced to actually excuse and justify it as they did with leftists in Charlottesville. The useful idiot leftists, mindlessly supporting this progressive mental breakdown, are slowing coming to the point where they cannot deny the smell of their rotting ideological foundation. They are increasingly forced into reality or insanity. We talk about division and there most definitely is, but it is a division of reality versus deluded insanity, which is what makes it so dangerous.

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tr123 mkkby Sat, 08/19/2017 - 00:21 Permalink

It's entirely possible to listen to one person and value their inputs more than another, but then act on the inputs of that other person. Most people who have to work with an incompetent boss could probably relate.The swamp creatures have always had power, and Trump isn't a dictator so he needs to work with that. Bannon never had any power. Trump may very well value him, but as a practical matter he must work with the others. Obviously actions do speak louder than words, but I think this is a case where it's out of your hands and therefore doesn't really apply so well.Either way, unless Bannon was the person Trump spent most of his working time with, this doesn't really change anything at all. The guy is just a phonecall away, and Trump still has to work with the swamp creatures anyway.

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vato poco the artist Sat, 08/19/2017 - 01:17 Permalink

now you're talking. ask the imperial japanese army sometime about how Mitchell Paige, one (1) little old marine, single-handedly wiped out an entire fucking regiment all by himself - yes, really. look it up sometime - and never once thought about giving up. as a certain website put it, "Well, if the American High Command had wanted their forces (Guadalcanal) to surrender, they shouldn't have sent in the Marines."or we could just moan 'we're fucked without Bannon having an office in the WH', and surrender. hmmm ... what to do, what to do ... 

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Joe Mama 3 vato poco Sat, 08/19/2017 - 12:31 Permalink

If he were gonna do shit, it would have been front page news this morn. Get you an issue of Tx monthly, NY life, etc. find the most least dense pop area of your state, no matter how meth or white trash it is, and scoop ya up however much land you can get !!!!! Preferably as far from railroad lines and military bases as possible !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vato poco Joe Mama 3 Sat, 08/19/2017 - 14:34 Permalink

"it's been almost 24 whole hours already!! We can't win! We're doomed! I totally give UP!!!"couldn't even wait til Monday to surrender like a little bitch, eh? Jesus. look, I'm a big fan of 'plan for the worst', but I still believe it's really important that while you're doing that, you hope (and work for) the best. see how that works? so go sell your pathetic defeatism to somebody who's buying it

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general ambivalent TeamDepends Fri, 08/18/2017 - 20:30 Permalink

It's supposed to be a joke. They've been joking about this from the beginning.While Soros likely has connections to some of the parent groups on the Left, and the CIA has been infiltrating these groups for years, there's just no way there is direct control like you all suggest. These people strongly believe in their ideology and will travel all across the country for demonstrations. If you want to know how they fund such things then you just need to look at their culture. In many ways, they live like refugees, twice the tenants in a house and save every bit of money they can. Antifa and black bloc have been around so long and are so entrenched in the culture that it is something of a rite of passage for 'anarchists'.Conspiracy theory determinism is, very strangely, a lot like Marxism. Just topple the source of all these conspiracies and all will be well. It really isn't that simple. If it was we would all be living in utopia by now.

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Bes chunga Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:15 Permalink

this reeks of Bannon planting his flag with forever trumpsters (read those who actually still think the swamp is being drained)for the traffic to breitbartmeanwhiletrump himself flies off the rails with lovingisraelsaudi arabiathe FEDQEthe bubble economythe police statecivil asset forfeiturethe war on cashand the MIC#maga

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The Wizard Bes Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:50 Permalink

Looking at your list makes my head spin. I would think there is a number of those Trump would like to address but the swamp is so filled he can't stop from falling in. They are doing everything possible to divert his attention. Trump thought he could negotiate with them and as far as the Deep Staters are concerned, NO DEAL.

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Bes The Wizard Fri, 08/18/2017 - 19:04 Permalink

i see trump through one of two lenses based on HIS actions and choices:1. he bullshitted draining the swamp from the beginning and never had any intention of doing so or,2. if you can't beat'em, then join'em (and he threw in the towel kind of quick)----either way he is a part of the deep state, and willinglythis 3D, 4D, 11D chess is just a desperate hope that it isn't true

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