Steve Bannon’s alma mater Breitbart has rushed to his defense after he was booted from the National Security Council, saying that it was all because Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, was leaking negative stories about Bannon to MSNBC. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.
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This has been a pretty bad week for Steven Bannon and to be honest, the guy completely deserves it. Earlier this week, he was booted off the Principals Committee of the National Security Council. According to reports, a top Trump donor actually had to beg him to not resign from the White House, not just because of his lost position on National Security Council, but because, according to insiders in the White House reported by Politico, there’s so much infighting in the West Wing that Bannon has simply had enough. This boot from the National Security Council certainly didn’t help things.
But the story has taken a bit of an interesting turn this morning when Breitbart News came out and said they figured out why Steve Bannon got removed from the National Security Council. Stick with me here because this is a very complicated web that Breitbart has weaved. First of all, Breitbart says that it’s because Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, was leaking negative information about Steve Bannon to Joe Scarborough at MSNBC and this information somehow influenced Donald Trump’s opinion of Steve Bannon and that’s why Steve Bannon was kicked off the National Security Council 100%, according to Breitbart, Roger Stone. Because Jared Kushner was leaking information to Joe Scarborough at MSNBC and somehow got back to Trump and blah, blah, blah. A completely disastrous little theory they have going on here that really holds no water whatsoever. But it’s funny to see Bannon’s former employer, the company that he ran, rush to his defense regardless of the actual circumstances.
Rebekah Mercer is the Trump donor, according to Politico, who begged Steve Bannon to not resign from the White House. Bannon’s office actually says that, no, he’s never considered resigning. This move from the National Security Council is just the natural evolution of what happens to people in the government when they work for the President.
If you’re having trouble keeping up with all of the craziness surrounding Steve Bannon, don’t worry. Most of us are. But here is the thing you need to know. Steve Bannon has not lost any power whatsoever. He is the guy who helped Donald Trump create this faux populist message that hoodwinked millions of American voters. Steve Bannon’s not going anywhere. Breitbart is the closest ally that the Trump administration has in the media, even more so than Fox News, so they need Steve Bannon. If they lose him, they lose Breitbart, they lose their biggest mouthpiece. So no, President Bannon is not going anywhere.
Although what’s interesting is that before these stories erupted, it had been quite some time since we heard anything about Steve Bannon. In fact, right around the time when everyone on Twitter was calling him President Bannon, that’s about the time that all the Steve Bannon stories started to disappear from the media. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. Donald Trump is a little angry with Steve Bannon. He’s angry at the public for calling him President Bannon. There probably is quite a bit of infighting going on in the White House because Donald Trump understands that he wouldn’t be where he is if it weren’t for Steve Bannon. So don’t worry. Bannon’s not going anywhere. Trump’s not going anywhere for the time being. Bannon’s going to continue to pull all the strings that he has always pulled from behind the scenes and puppet Trump is going to be more than happy to play along.