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Donald Trump and Steve Bannon make their break-up official in nasty public spat

The bromance, or alliance of convenience, or whatever you want to call it… is over. Pass the popcorn; the former members of Trump’s inner circle are at war.

Trump essentially excommunicated his onetime chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, from his political circle on Wednesday, excoriating him as a self-promoting exaggerator who had “very little to do with our historic victory” and has now “lost his mind.”

In a written statement brimming with anger and resentment, Mr. Trump fired back at Mr. Bannon, who had made caustic comments about the president and his family to the author of a new book about the Trump White House. While Mr. Bannon had remained in touch with Mr. Trump even after being pushed out of the White House last summer, the two now appear to have reached a breaking point.

“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency,” Mr. Trump said in the statement. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”

Mr. Trump berated Mr. Bannon for the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama and said the former adviser did not represent his base but was “only in it for himself.” Rather than supporting the president’s agenda to “make America great again,” Mr. Bannon was “simply seeking to burn it all down,” Mr. Trump said.

“Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was,” he added. “It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.”

Readers, I’d like to draw your attention to that last paragraph. I’m going to blockquote it again, because it’s so incredible:

“Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was,” he added. “It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.”

Let’s see… pretending to be at war with the media… calling the media the opposition party… spending time at the White House leaking false information… manipulating people being one’s only real skill… writing phony books… gosh, does not that sound like the behavior of a certain current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that we know? Why yes, yes it does!

Congratulations, Donald Trump… you’ve just accused your former chief strategist of being too much like you!

It certainly takes a lot of chutzpah and narcissism to attack a former henchman for the very same conduct that one engages in themselves.

But then, Donald Trump has always been a glass house dweller who likes projecting his sins and bad behaviors onto others. It was arguably only a matter of time before he turned on Bannon, especially given that Bannon’s loyalty is to himself and his patrons Robert and Rebekah Mercer…. not to Trump.

Bannon all but invited Trump to attack him when he made a set of public disparaging comments about Donald Trump, Jr., which reportedly enraged Trump.

“They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” Bannon is quoted as saying in Fire and Fury, a new book by Michael Wolff obtained by The Guardian.

Bannon also referred to the meeting in the book as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”.

Wolff’s book is supposedly based on more than two hundred interviews with members of the Trump regime. Trump himself was among those Wolff interviewed, although the regime now says Wolff only met briefly with Trump once.

Bannon left Trump’s employ back in the summer and went on to champion Roy Moore’s losing campaign for the U.S. Senate in Alabama. Trump, following in the example of other Republicans, is now blaming Bannon for that fiasco.

While Bannon makes a convenient scapegoat, it was the decision of Trump and his remaining inner circle to hitch their wagon to Moore even after Mitch McConnell and Richard Shelby had decided to pull their support from Moore’s campaign. They chose to follow Bannon’s lead in the December 12th runoff. Not to mention Trump’s choice of Jeff Sessions set up the special election in the first place.

The Trump regime is a sinking ship. Trump’s presidency is not a year old and already it ranks, in our view, as one of the worst ever, if not the worst. Trump and his regime can’t be gone soon enough. They’re a cancer on the United States of America.


One Comment

  1. Gretchen Sand
    Posted January 5th, 2018 at 8:57 PM | Permalink

    You’re right, Andrew!

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