Political lightning rod and campaign strategist Steve Bannon is officially stepping down.
Fittingly for someone who had run a website named after Andrew Breitbart, he was what you could call a ‘happy warrior’… someone who enjoyed being in the thick of the political fray.
Bannon, the larger-than-life character the Left has loved to hate and hold up as their whipping-boy since day one is the latest from the Trump team to step down.
No word yet what will become of the Left’s line about calling Trump Bannon’s ‘puppet’.
What do we know so far?
It's official. 🚨 Steve Bannon is out, a year and a day after he became chairman of the Trump campaign. pic.twitter.com/bz2Tg2bSXq
— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) August 18, 2017
It’s possible this aspect of his Scaramucci-like conversation with the press had something to do with it:
Bannon told the magazine political opponents at the State Department and Pentagon were “wetting themselves” over his plans to root out employees he disagreed with over policy. And despite the president’s threats of a swift military response to provocations from North Korea, Bannon conceded “there’s no military solution here” that wouldn’t result in millions of deaths.
Even before the interview, the president signaled Bannon’s fate could be in jeopardy. Asked about Bannon’s job security during a freewheeling press conference Tuesday at Trump Tower in New York, the president was noncommittal. He said Bannon was “not a racist” and was treated unfairly by the press, but contended he “came on very late” to his presidential campaign.–Bloomberg
It’s not Bannon’s job to ‘oust’ people he disagrees with. That’s Trump’s call.
Also… what was he thinking, talking so freely about military plans with the press? How did he possibly think that would ‘end well’?
Here’s another wrinkle to the story — by no less than Breitbart.
UPDATE: The White House confirms with a statement from Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”
Maggie Haberman reports that President Donald Trump plans to remove White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News. She writes that Bannon submitted his resignation from the White House over a week ago. —Breitbart
It was probably just General Kelly deciding that Bannon’s ego and desire to ‘oust’ people he disagreed with wasn’t a good fit for the White House, and it was a matter of Housekeeping, but they wanted to make their replacements in a measured and deliberate fashion, rather than just clearing house.
Truth be told, there are some things about Bannon that we did appreciate…
For all the talk of him being ‘racist’ he POUNDED on the idea of ‘white nationalism’ calling them losers, fringe and a collection of clowns… but don’t expect the media to report that.
He could really POUND on the press when he wanted to. He wasn’t afraid of a good fight. And he is keen to expose the Left’s hypocrisy. (Identity politics, for example.)
Something tells us Bannon won’t be quietly riding off into the sunset.
*Update 1*: looks like we were right about that!
However, while it was unclear what Bannon’s next move would be, a source close to Bannon told Axios: “Get ready for Bannon the barbarian.” –Breitbart
Even so, we at ClashDaily would much rather deal with the reputation of OUR ‘controversial figures’ than the Left’s controversial figures…
Bannon had one hell of a run…
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) August 18, 2017
Very sorry to see my friend Steve Bannon go. His political brain will be hard to replace.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) August 18, 2017
The Swamp Strikes Back – Steve Bannon Out!
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) August 18, 2017
Bannon is out. EXCELLENT choice by POTUS. I applaud the President.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 18, 2017
Who will media decide @realDonaldTrump has to fire next?
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 18, 2017
STEVE BANNON OUT! Media is the most powerful branch of government.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 18, 2017
By cutting Steve Bannon, Trump is cutting the biggest ties he has to his own base. Removing Bannon is a mistake…
— Kristin Tate (@KristinBTate) August 18, 2017
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) August 18, 2017
Like everything else he touches… even his departure is polarizing.
*End Update 2*