PRESIDENT LAMBASTES FORMER ADVISER IN DRAMATIC FASHION
|| by Will Galloway ||
Columbia – President Donald Trump hit back Steve Bannon in the most Trumpian way possible after Bannon accused Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner of treason. Bannon had served as both CEO of Trump’s 2016 Campaign and joined him in the White House as Senior Counselor, until he was forced out in August of 2017. Bannon and his Breitbart News website have pledged to wage war against Mitch McConnell and the Republican establishment.
Here is the President’s full statement:
Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party.
Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base — he’s only in it for himself.
Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he has spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.
We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda. Like me, they love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply burn it all down.
The Trump-Bannon feud escalated even further when Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter with a series of tweets hitting Bannon.
“Steve had the honor of working in the White House & serving the country. Unfortunately, he squandered that privilege & turned that opportunity into a nightmare of backstabbing, harassing, leaking, lying & undermining the President. Steve is not a strategist, he is an opportunist [sic]”
This marks a new low for the former White House Senior Counselor, who had already been brought low by after his hand-picked candidate, Roy Moore, lost to democrat Doug Jones in deep red Alabama. Moore had a history of questionable statements, and has credibly been accused of sexually assaulting minors.
Before these events, Bannon had been traveling the United States to recruit and elect candidates against virtually every incumbent Republican Senator, and had been one of the most highly sought endorsements among insurgent populist candidates. After Trump’s statement, it is likely that Bannon will now be radioactive in both Republican primaries and competitive general elections.