Steven Bannon and the White House have parted ways. The New York Times reports that a source close to Mr. Bannon insists that it was Bannon who,
“Had submitted his resignation to the president on Aug. 7, to be announced at the start of this week.”
There is a different version of the events coming from the White House, through Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who said that it was a mutual decision to part ways with Bannon. Secretary Sanders said,
“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.”
This was a bad week for 45th* and his administration, starting with the tragic events taking place last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. His initial public response assigning fault on many sides, was followed by a prepared statement that he dutifully read at the White House on August 14, 2017, when he refused to take any questions. This was followed by the bizarre and disgusting press conference on August 15, 2017, when 45th* doubled down, repeating his many sides remarks and taking the opportunity to defend the Neo-Nazis, White supremacists, and KKK groups that participated in the violence on August 12, 2017.
Bannon followed up the multiple fumbled public responses from 45th* by calling Robert Kuttner, co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect,
“A proudly liberal and defiantly anti-Trump journal.”
The call, which Mr. Bannon claimed he did not know would be on the record, was used as his opportunity to explain his strategy of promoting a trade war with China, and to encourage the Democrats to focus on the issues of racial and social justice, saying that,
“The longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”
Newsweek and Axios have both reported that just days before this parting of the ways Bannon met with Robert Mercer at a five hour meeting at Mercer’s Long Island, New York estate, to plan the strategy on how to become the leaders of the nationalist movements taking place worldwide. The connection between Steve Bannon and Robert Mercer is strong, as Robert Mercer and his family, major donors to the campaign of 45th*, are part owners of Breitbart News. Bannon is connected to the Robert Mercer owned, Cambridge Analytica, which is,
“A data mining firm that uses personality profiling, claims Steve Bannon as a board member.”
Bannon was expected to return to Breitbart News where he was the Chairman of the online platform prior to being hired as White House chief strategist one year ago today. According to Breitbart News, Bannon has in fact returned, chairing today’s late evening editorial meeting. The work that Bannon will continue to do spreading the views of White and right wing nationalists at home and abroad through Breitbart News and Cambridge Analytica, can only continue to widen the ever growing divide between people around the world.
After the news of Bannon’s departure broke, Joel B. Pollak, the South African born Breitbart News Senior Editor, tweeted an apparent reference to going on an offensive against the White House, saying “#WAR”.
While some are expecting Bannon and Breitbart to “go to war” against the White House, Mr. Bannon told Bloomberg News shortly after his departure, that,
“I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America.”
Bannon has also told The Weekly Standard that,
More bad news has piled up this week for the administration as Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, the 32 year old woman killed by vehicular terrorism last weekend in Charlottesville, VA, told ABC’s Robin Roberts on Good Morning America today that she would not be speaking to the President saying that,
Ms. Bro explained that there had been numerous calls from the White House, the first attempt coming on Wednesday,
“The first call, it looked like actually came during the funeral. I didn’t even see that message,” said Bro. “There were three more frantic messages from press secretaries throughout the day and I didn’t know why.”
Senator Bob Corker, (R-TN) , the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who had once been considered a candidate for Secretary of State in the new administration, also was a source of bad news this week. Senator Corker said yesterday that 45th*,
“Has not shown the stability or competence required for an American president to succeed.”
Corker joined other Republican Senators, such as Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Tim Scott (R-SC), the latter who said that he would not,
Senator Scott also said that,
“There is no doubt the last couple of days complicates this administration’s moral authority.”
Bannon might now be gone, but according to Credo,
“Even after Bannon’s departure, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will remain the White Supremacists’ House as long as Stephen Miller, Sebastian Gorka and the Nazi terrorist cheerleader-in-chief Donald Trump continue to occupy the Oval Office.”
Gary Cohn, the Chairman of the President’s Economic Council; Steve Mnuchin, the Secretary of the Treasury; the First Son-in-Law, Jared Kushner; and Ivanka Trump, the First Daughter, all Jewish, stayed publicly silent in the face of 45th*’s responses to the events in Charlottesville. The Washington Post said that they disgraced themselves through their silence. The team now closest to the President had been derisively referred to by Bannon as the Democrats and globalists in the White House.
Parting ways with Steve Bannon will not change the fact that the President has no business occupying the office he unfortunately holds. We must nevertheless say bye, bye Bannon, it was long past your time to go. We can easily predict the revolving door out of this White House continue to spin, perhaps at an even faster rate.