Bannon: "The Trump Presidency That We Fought For Is Over"

In his first interview shortly after the White House announced that it was parting ways with Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon told the Weekly Standard on Friday afternoon that "the Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over." After confirming his departure Bannon said that “we still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. 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.”

In his interview with the conservative publication, Bannon predicted that in the wake of his departure, Trump's administration would "be much more conventional" as his absence from the White House would make it “much harder” for Trump to pave a way forward on issues like “economic nationalism and immigration.” He also predicted that republicans would "moderate" Trump:

“I think they’re going to try to moderate him,” he says. “I think he’ll sign a clean debt ceiling, I think you’ll see all this stuff. His natural tendency—and I think you saw it this week on Charlottesville—his actual default position is the position of his base, the position that got him elected. I think you’re going to see a lot of constraints on that. I think it’ll be much more conventional.”

In Bannon’s view, his departure is not a defeat for him personally but for the ideology he’d urged upon the president, as reflected in Trump’s provocative inaugural address in which he spoke of self-dealing Washington politicians, and their policies that led to the shuttered factories and broken lives of what he called “American carnage.” Bannon co-authored that speech (and privately complained that it had been toned down by West Wing moderates like Ivanka and Jared).

“Now, it’s gonna be Trump,” Bannon said. “The path forward on things like economic nationalism and immigration, and his ability to kind of move freely . . . I just think his ability to get anything done—particularly the bigger things, like the wall, the bigger, broader things that we fought for, it’s just gonna be that much harder.”

He also warned that things are about to get worse for Trump as even more people depart his side, warning of a 'jailbreak' of moderate Republicans.

“There’s about to be a jailbreak of these moderate guys on the Hill”—a stream of Republican dissent, which could become a flood. Bannon also said that he once confidently believed in the prospect of success for that version of the Trump presidency he now says is over.

Asked what the turning point was, he says, “It’s the Republican establishment. The Republican establishment has no interest in Trump’s success on this. They’re not populists, they’re not nationalists, they had no interest in his program. Zero. It was a half-hearted attempt at Obamacare reform, it was no interest really on the infrastructure, they’ll do a very standard Republican version of taxes.

"What Trump ran on- border wall, where is the funding for the border wall, one of his central tenets, where have they been? Have they rallied around the Perdue-Cotton immigration bill? On what element of Trump's program, besides tax cuts-which is going to be the standard marginal tax cut-where have they rallied to Trump's cause? They haven't."

As for what happens next, as reported late on Friday, Bannon said that he is eager to get back to Breitbart and lead the opposition from there.

"Now I’m free. I’ve got my hands back on my weapons," he said. "Someone said, ‘it’s Bannon the Barbarian.’ I am definitely going to crush the opposition. There’s no doubt. I built a f-cking 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.”

Specifically, the target of his attacks will be the 'globalists' and liberals he believes have taken over the White House. They include National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, advisor Gary Cohn, Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

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With Bannon's departure conceding control of Trump's inner circle to the so-called "Goldman globalists", the question is how Trump's message will evolve in the coming days with the "nationalist" element purged. With Trump having been granted the option of sounding like a more centrist President, will he continue with his usual rhetoric. Bloomberg is convinced that the answer is "more of the same" especially since Trump won't risk losing his core base, although that may no longer be in his control, especially if Bannon is about to unleash a stinging attack on Trump's inner circle.

For the clearest sign of what Trump's post-Bannon posture - and administration - will look like, look no further than the coming debt ceiling negotiation (and/or crisis): on Friday, Goldman raised its odds of a government shutdown to 50%, a fact which also spooked the market sending the S&P to session lows at the close. If Trump is unable to build some political goodwill in the coming days on the back of the Bannon departure, those odds will steadily grow to 100% over the next few weeks.


Looney Sat, 08/19/2017 - 12:53 Permalink

  … They include National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, advisor Gary Cohn… Didn’t this Libtard, Gary Cohn, play in Cohnheads? Mrs. Cohnhead: Gary, the phone! Dah Big Phone! Gary Cohnhead: If it’s Goldman Sachs, patch them through. If it’s Remulak, tell’em I went Gefilte Fishing. Looney  ;-)

Life of Illusion Billy the Poet Sat, 08/19/2017 - 13:26 Permalink… next discusses the "battle line" inside America's great divide.

  That’s what the Democrats missed, they were talking to these people with companies with a $9 billion market cap employing nine people. It’s not reality. They lost sight of what the world is about.”He absolutely — mockingly — rejects the idea that this is a racial line. “I’m not a white nationalist, I’m a nationalist. I’m an economic nationalist,” he tells me. “The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia. The issue now is about Americans looking to not get f—ed over  He also slams the media: "The media bubble is the ultimate symbol of what’s wrong with this country....It’s just a circle of people talking to themselves who have no f—ing idea what’s going on.  

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Troll Magnet Life of Illusion Sat, 08/19/2017 - 15:37 Permalink

Unfortunately Breitbart is a Zionist Jewish site pushing for the same shit.

you got this site confused with Breitbart. That's where all these so-called Nationalist Republicans (Zionist Jews cover) hang to vent about all these "globalists" while providing cover for every Jew in and around government. Go say something bad about the Federal Reserve there and watch them freak out and go all ADL/AIPAC on your ass.

Not here.

Surely there are Trump supporters here but most people here aren't pledging allegiance to a party or individuals. Never have and never will unless they want to abolish the Fed.


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Pairadimes Troll Magnet Sat, 08/19/2017 - 15:38 Permalink

Everybody underestimates the power of the Deep State operation (including here the MSM), even Trump. Consider this. In any other earlier era, how likely is it that the Clintons succeed so easily at keeping their stunning decades-long crime spree from becoming a front page story? E-mails? Fuck that. Dozens of suspicious and outright obvious deaths of associates and cut-outs. Complete media blackout on the chorus of BJ's rape victims. Total DoJ disinterest. Boil it down, it works like this. Either Trump achieves the impossible and turns this shitshow around, or he gets blown up and millions of angry people get their rifles out. Or they don't, in which case Belize is looking pretty good. Costa Rica for you fuckers with lots of gummint cheese.

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Yog Soggoth Troll Magnet Sat, 08/19/2017 - 16:35 Permalink

They have had some good articles here and there, but overall Gateway Pundit has been more cutting edge. The comments are crowded with simpleminded squakers. I am noticing better comments on certain youtube channels (surprisingly). Sadly, Breitbart died after ingesting a single glass of poisoned wine, right after telling the truth about John Podesta. Things have never been the same since.

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jeff montanye Yog Soggoth Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:56 Permalink

indeed there are better comments on certain youtube channels.  and not just breitbart but his coroner died of arsenic poisoning.'s no statute of limitations on murder.  some day these crimes can be reexamined and tried, the perps convicted and punished.  dynamite bob chambliss slid by on the sunday school dynamiting of those little black girls in white down in alabama with the help of j. edgar hoover but the truth caught up with him when alabama attorney general bill baxley refused to take no for an answer long enough. same can and very well may happen to the murderous traitors who, now, control large parts of our government.we are coming for you and you will be found.  the fourth turning is going to screw you fuckers into the ground.

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jeff montanye moimeme (not verified) Sat, 08/19/2017 - 23:15 Permalink

more has been accomplished during the trump campaign and presidency to expose, delegitimize and defeat the legacy media, the corrupt parts of the clandestine and investigatory services, and the depraved dnc and rnc than all the other campaigns and presidencies since jfk's killing and its investigation.  that most of these accomplishments are by those not part of the campaign or administration is important and interesting but it is the existence of trump that has catalyzed events nonetheless.the occurrence of 9-11 and subsequent, read correctly, would challenge more recent events for influence but so far too few seem to read them correctly.  however the crooked clinton nomination, russiagate and, now, charlottesville have gotten some serious traction, not to mention that the utterly one sided take of the legacy media on clinton and trump has convinced a large and growing fraction of the electorate that the legacy media are part of the problem as well. 

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HardAssets Troll Magnet Sun, 08/20/2017 - 08:49 Permalink

What if one advocates a more even handed policy in the ME with no favoritism toward any party there ? A policy that looks out for America's interest First ? Its incredible that the wars over there have taken the #1 position in terms of length from the Vietnam War. Who benefits ? Not the USA.
Whats the Breitbart spin ? Is this why they're going after McMaster ?

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NAV Pairadimes Sat, 08/19/2017 - 17:44 Permalink

As Orwell might say it, the pigs have taken over the White House. Before taking sides, those on the fence are going to wait to see who emerges as the final victor in the coming conflict. And we’re going to be the winner. We are going to see a leader develop within the next few hours. It could be Steve Bannon. There will be a fight before weapons are used; it will be a war for control. Our side will have Joe Six-Pak on its side. The public is interested in the America it grew up in; an America of calm. In other words, the public will fight to keep George Washington. When it comes down to it, one side wants Mt. Rushmore destroyed and Washington, DC, renamed. The public wants normalcy – America back to what it was. The public is not going to join BLM and all its offshoots. The fight for the public is beginning; the (((globalists))) have gone too far. The attempted coup of America has reached the explosive point where Americans can see who’s responsible for this. A curtain has been pulled over America and the American culture and now the force behind the curtain has stepped forward and identified itself as the enemy of America. It’s not as clear as Khrushchev pounding his shoe on the table and declaring, “We will bury you,” but the face of international communism has entered the picture and the Bolsheviks who overthrew Russia's Christian government are attempting to overthrow an elected Christian American government. It is the same people who paid for Lenin and Trotsky to come by night and take over Ruissia. These new developments all have the characteristic look of a coup d‘etat. Their last victim in the coup was not Steve Bannon, it was Donald J. Trump. They own him, lock, stock and barrel. It is now up to the average American to decide if he wants to go fishing today, to work or to save his country.  As for me, I say, America was the greatest force for morality and justice and freedom for the individual since the beginning of the world. What could be a better cause to fight for; and I will fight. The leaders who emerge to take on the Establishment immediately will be identified by the politicians and media as anti-Semitic.

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libertyanyday NAV Sat, 08/19/2017 - 19:21 Permalink

Our efforts are better spent working on secession.   The LEFT has too much of the population, and like isis a skewed idealogy that is incompatble with our constitution and country.  If we were to go to guns.........the sickness on the surface would be eradicated, but the sick idealogy would always be lurking only to pervert and twist the restored country once again.............NO, the LEFT must be given 1/2 of the land to call their own,, with their own government , and their own perverted version of life............THERE MUST NEVER BE ANY WAY FOR A LEFTY TO EVER CROSS OVER INTO the conservative side.  Conservatives need to revert to the constitution of 1791 with some badly needed amendments..........and to once and for all restore the people to control.

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dark pools of soros libertyanyday Sat, 08/19/2017 - 21:36 Permalink

problem is too many republicans sell out their own kind... if there was a half worth saving they would be fighting now since they control all three parts of government... oh im sorry the 4th and 5th parts, media and deep state, are controlled by the zio bolsheviks and we see those are the only two that matter

so can Breitbart defeat the MSM? and how do you pry apart the deep state? bankrupt the country?

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Tarzan NAV Sun, 08/20/2017 - 07:27 Permalink

How many times has your wife asked you who "they" are? Going to war with "them" will be like fighting a ghost. It would devolve into "them" watching us kill each other, while "they" watch with glee.

A better option is to prepare to go John Galt, to not participate! That's not easily done, but civil disobedience is far more effective then shooting people.

To me, seeing oligarchs starve is preferable to shooting them. Stop feeding their machine, grow your own food, catch your own fish, stay away from mobs, and watch the system crash!

Then, unlike if we kill each other, we can rebuild.

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Calmyourself Tarzan Sun, 08/20/2017 - 18:08 Permalink

Tarzan, did you ever wonder why there needed to be a Galts Gulch?  why not just refuse to work in place, it would seem more logical.  Because the people we are up against have no problem filling work camps with your like or torturing and killing millions to get their way, read some soviet history starting with the Cheka

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Withdrawn Sanction NAV Sun, 08/20/2017 - 08:57 Permalink

"America was..."

Since our problems are not FUNDAMENTALLY political in nature, they are not amenable to political solution and we should stop looking there for redemption.

I think Armstrong is right: we have to crash and burn first. There is no guarantee that what emerges will be better, but there is no way for an alternative to emerge without the present system giving way. And it wont do so voluntarily.

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Crisismode Pairadimes Sat, 08/19/2017 - 18:12 Permalink

"Either Trump achieves the impossible and turns this shitshow around, or he gets blown up and millions of angry people get their rifles out. Or they don't, in which case Belize is looking pretty good. Costa Rica for you fuckers with lots of gummint cheese."You got that right, brother.Absolutely Fucking Nothing is going to happen with all these "people with rifles".They are (mostly) all hanging on the teat of the .gov weekly/monthly checks.They will not give up their Netflix, Amazon, WallMart, Facebook, comfort zones to (gasp) actually USE thosemassive armaments they supposedly own. Not a chance."Keep sending us the checks, .gov, we can't live without them."

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GUS100CORRINA Billy the Poet Sat, 08/19/2017 - 13:42 Permalink

Bannon: "The Trump Presidency That We Fought For Is Over"My response: I don't believe it is over, it will take another form. The real battle right now that should concern everyone has to do with the MARXIST PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL LEFT attack on America's heritage. If this battle is lost, then America will be lost and the Presidency will no longer matter.Remember: SATAN is a SOCIALIST and a MARXIST is a SOCIALIST in a hurry with a GUN!

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ONEwarrior Bumpo Sat, 08/19/2017 - 17:42 Permalink

The real reason Trump has no real power is not because lack of base support, but it is the lack of millions who are too lazy to even care about what goes on in our Republic. If Patriots were the majority peaple claim, then we should have been "Winning" (to borrow a Trump term) for years.The problem are the same type self-absorbed cowards that had their heads in the sand when Hitler started the NAZI movement in Germany.Looks like it might be the same outcome this time too. Concentration Camps for white freedom loving Patriots.

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