Steve Bannon Is Stepping Down From Breitbart

Just days after President Trump snubbed an olive branch offered by his former chief strategist and putative "alter-ego", the New York Times is reporting that Steve Bannon - the "alt-right" icon and former Trump campaign manager - is stepping down from his position as executive chairman of Breitbart News.

Trump blasted Bannon in a public statement last week, saying the former senior White House official and - briefly - member of the National Security Council - "lost his mind" after Trump fired him. Bannon and the president had an abrupt falling out last week after excerpts from Michael Wolff's controversial book "Fire And Fury" - his account of the first year of the Trump administration - revealed Bannon making several embarrassing on-the-record statements. In one, he said Don. Jr.'s decision to organize the Russia meeting was "treasonous", and that President Trump definitely knew about the meeting. In another, he reportedly told Wolff that the possibility of removing Trump via the 25th amendment is discussed daily in the West Wing.

Breitbart published a terse statement about Bannon's departure on its website. It was stocked with several wooden platitudes from CEO Larry Solov:

Stephen K. Bannon has stepped down from Breitbart News Network, where he served as Executive Chairman since 2012.
Bannon and Breitbart will work together on a smooth and orderly transition.

Bannon said, “I’m proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform.”

According to Breitbart CEO Larry Solov, “Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he has helped us to accomplish.”

And the front page of Breitbart right now:


Incidentally, the top-rated comment under that article is:

Steve is a great guy but he dug his own grave ....what else can I say.

According to the Times, Bannon's departure was forced by Robert Mercer, a one-time patron who distanced himself from Bannon and abruptly retracted his financial backing (including dropping payment for Bannon's security detail) because of a detail in Wolff's book whereby Bannon told friends that the Mercers would back him if he decided to challenge President Trump in 2020.

In a statement, Bannon said he was "proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class platform," he said. He added that he would work with Solov to ensure a smooth transition.

Bannon's departure, as the Times makes clear, is the culmination of Bannon's rapid denouement. He was little-known outside of conservative circles before taking the reins of the shambolic Trump campaign two-and-a-half months before election day. When he first at the White House, he represented a power center and rival of Chief of Staff Reince Preibus. Bannon, like Preibus and several other senior West Wing aides, had so-called "walk-in privileges with the Oval Office. He also reported directly to Trump.

Trump has reportedly been making calls, asking all of his friends and political allies to turn their backs on Bannon. For his part, Bannon took to Breitbart radio earlier this week to publicly affirm his support for the president. Even though the two men publicly feuded this year following his firing - most notably over Bannon's early support for former Republican senate candidate Roy Moore - Bannon has persistently proclaimed in public that Americans should "thank God" that Trump is president.

For Bannon, it was too little too late.



Mr. Universe infotechsailor Tue, 01/09/2018 - 17:50 Permalink

Just one look at Bannon suggests he has likely had more to drink than he should.  I've heard nothing of him ever being drunk, but I'm thinking Donald has a very low tolerance to alcohol abuse, especially if it contributed to Bannon's comments to Wolfe. The book is full of lies to begin with, can you trust the source? Do presidents really act like this???

Trump has reportedly been making calls, asking all of his friends and political allies to turn their backs on Bannon.  

Could it be another game of 3D chess and it's all a ploy to get more of the swamp creatures to come out of their holes and be recognized? Perhaps, or not.

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sarz Mr. Universe Wed, 01/10/2018 - 09:18 Permalink

This piece from the (Jewish Daily) Forward is illuminating. Despite Bannon's endless pledges of loyalty to Judeo-Christian civilization, Kushner and Ivanka aren't buying.…

When you combine that with Trump's 150% loyalty to the AngloZionist empire, with that extra 50% reliably fucking up the game --consider Jerusalem, Iran and Pakistan /Afghanistan (after Trump's gratuitous tweet why would Pakistan continus allowing overland access?) -- it looks like Trump is going to let Kushner and Ivanka down gently somewhere along the way. Looks like excommunicatibg Bannon (who would never have dreamed that callibg Trump's son a traitor would be taken personally) gives him some necessary space.

It's just a guess, but who knows. It's the sort of thing a stable genius might do. 

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Dilluminati Occident Mortal Tue, 01/09/2018 - 17:41 Permalink

Surprised to this happened? said nobody!  The guys journalistic integrity was flushed through the floor, he has no honor in any segment of DC or politics.  If your partisan political that's fine but don't be a weasel about it, if you have issues then handle them like an adult and not some adolescent gossip bitch instead, and even if it didn't work out, even if there had been personality conflicts, then leave classy.. we don't have control over allot of things in life but we ALWAYS have control over our own behavior and response.  So leaving the way he did and then the tattletale bitch book was beyond poor decorum in any corner of DC. Sometimes your the statue, sometimes the pigeon, just don't be a pussy about it.  Private security??  Really your living wrong if you need security...

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TheGardener balz Tue, 01/09/2018 - 16:46 Permalink

Bannon faced a multitude of problems in the multitude of positions and of problem fixer for a nation to pass he was said to assume . But not yet even hired with that full mandate of sorts!? Did he leak ? Israel firster as he is, what not only short of a crime such as any your treason would he not commit ?

What has drink enhanced perception has got to do with it ?

He maybe be an alcoholic but up the dose and be a an just about average citizen or average politician of sorts, that accuse ain`t cutting it among the substance abuse

folks .


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