Immediately upon announcing his exit from the White House last Friday, Steve Bannon hosted a number of interviews in which he made very clear that he was "going to war" with everyone from Congress to the mainstream media and even the globalists working in Trump's White House. Now, we learn via Axios that part of that war effort might include a brand new cable news network to the right of Fox News.
Axios' Jonathan Swan hears Bannon has told friends he sees a massive opening to the right of Fox News, raising the possibility that he's going to start a network.
Bannon's friends are speculating about whether it will be a standalone TV network, or online streaming only.
Before his death in May, Roger Ailes had sent word to Bannon that he wanted to start a channel together. Bannon loved the idea: He believes Fox is heading in a squishy, globalist direction as the Murdoch sons assume more power.
Now he has the means, motive and opportunity: His chief financial backer, Long Island hedge fund billionaire Bob Mercer, is ready to invest big in what's coming next, including a huge overseas expansion of Breitbart News.
Of course, this new speculation comes after Bannon declared last Friday that 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,”
Meanwhile, 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.”
Finally, perhaps no one can summarize what Bannon has planned for the future than Bannon himself:
"The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over … I feel jacked up … Now I'm free. I've got my hands back on my weapons. … I am definitely going to crush the opposition. There's no doubt. I built a f***ing machine at Breitbart. And now … we're about to rev that machine up."