White House just removed a monument to white supremacy
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) August 18, 2017
Literally the only people Trump made happy this week were the Nazis and he even fucked that up by Friday
— Local Milk Steak (@ZeddRebel) August 18, 2017
Bannon brought that ethos into WH: disruption as a way of using and keeping power. Eventually, many close to Trump had enough disruption.
— Robert Costa (@costareports) August 18, 2017
Since he first shambled into media view, I’ve thought of Steve Bannon as a mucker… which was not, in the Irish-American community when I was growing up, exactly a term of endearment. To us, a mucker was a guy known to be connected, not exactly a leader but intimately associated with the leadership — someone you called a friend because you sure as hell didn’t want to be known as his enemy.
The Dominican nun who taught theology at my parochial high school said that St. Peter was a mucker (possibly the patron saint of muckers): He was an early, enthusiastic supporter of The Big Guy; he seemed to be around for all the important events, usually making needless trouble; and when worse came to worst, he publicly denied any association with his chieftain, not just once but three times. And yet — as soon as Jesus the radical insurrectionist emerged triumphant from that whole torture-and-crucifixion incident, look who ended up in charge of the Jesus Empire, with his name at the top of the historical plaque!
Steve Bannon, also Irish-American, would’ve been taking catechism classes at approximately the same time as I was. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he heard some version of the the St. Peter, Patron of Muckers story. Everybody needs a role model…
Bannon going – admin officials say it was Trump, people close to Bannon insist he resigned. https://t.co/XuOvPjZN37
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 18, 2017
I’ve been working on a draft about Bannon for some time, but there was so much churn. Here’s Haberman’s Grey Lady, less than a week ago:
… For months, Mr. Trump has considered ousting Stephen K. Bannon, the White House chief strategist and relentless nationalist who ran the Breitbart website and called it a “platform for the alt-right.” Mr. Trump has sent Mr. Bannon to a kind of internal exile, and has not met face-to-face for more than a week with a man who was once a fixture in the Oval Office, according to aides and friends of the president.
So far, Mr. Trump has not been able to follow through — a product of his dislike of confrontation, the bonds of a foxhole friendship forged during the 2016 presidential campaign and concerns about what mischief Mr. Bannon might do once he leaves the protective custody of the West Wing.
Not least, Mr. Bannon embodies the defiant populism at the core of the president’s agenda. Despite being marginalized, Mr. Bannon consulted with the president repeatedly over the weekend as Mr. Trump struggled to respond to the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va. In general, Mr. Bannon has cautioned the president not to criticize far-right activists too severely for fear of antagonizing a small but energetic part of his base…
Now, “leaders” like Donald Trump always have a Bannon in their inner circle. In his heart of hearts, Steve Bannon — Naval Reserve officer, Glittering Steel mogul, Seinfeld backer, Chief Breitbart Mean-Nickname-Assigner — is the guy Donald Trump wishes he could’ve been. Even their names… Steve Bannon sounds like a James Bond pseudonym; Donald Trump sounds like Bond’s CPA.
And Bannon appeals to the people in Trump’s “group” who don’t actually trust Trump. The lifelong Repub barons, proud hayseeds and haters of all who are not exactly like them, eternally suspicious of city-folk globalists and liberal turncoats intruding on their turf…
Talked to Rep. Steve King, who says Trump agenda imperiled: “With Steve Bannon gone, what's left of the conservative core in the West Wing?"
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) August 18, 2017
WH chief of staff — not POTUS — delivered the news to Bannon.
— Eliana Johnson (@elianayjohnson) August 18, 2017
"…for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America.” 2/2
— Joshua Green (@JoshuaGreen) August 18, 2017
Don’t count Bannon out yet, is all I’m saying. Like shingles or herpes, he’ll be lurking in the GOP bloodstream, waiting to reemerge in his full ugliness as soon as the wounded beast’s immune system is sufficiently compromised.