Steve Bannon is not only waging war on the GOP establishment, it appears he has now turned his attention onto his political protege, Donald Trump. In a truly astonishing series of excerpts from an upcoming book by Michael Wolff, the Guardian has revealed that Bannon believes the Trump Tower meeting between the Donald Trump Jr. and a group of Russians during the election in 2016 was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”.
The unreleased book 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House' promises to be one of the most important reads since the inception of the Trump administration, especially if Bannon's stunning statements are anything to go by. From the Guardian:
The [Trump Tower] meeting was revealed by the New York Times in July last year, prompting Trump Jr to say no consequential material was produced. Soon after, Wolff writes, Bannon remarked mockingly: “The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers.
“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”
Bannon went on, Wolff writes, to say that if any such meeting had to take place, it should have been set up “in a Holiday Inn in Manchester, New Hampshire, with your lawyers who meet with these people”. Any information, he said, could then be “dump[ed] … down to Breitbart or something like that, or maybe some other more legitimate publication”.
Bannon added: “You never see it, you never know it, because you don’t need to … But that’s the brain trust that they had.”
For a man who has staked his entire career on pushing Trump into the White House, this is more than a little shocking. What on earth is Steve Bannon up to?
Since being fired from the White House last year, Bannon has gone back to running the racist Alt-Right haven Breitbart.com. His strategy has been clear: destroy the establishment GOP and elect ethno-nationalist candidates to take over the party. Bannon also revealed his frustrations towards Donald Trump in the wake of his departure from the administration. “The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” he said.
“We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over.”
Bannon publicly blasted Trump for firing James Comey calling it the worst mistake "in modern political history", then vocally supported alleged pedophile Roy Moore in his Senate campaign in Alabama (against the wishes of Trump). It is clear that Bannon is sending Trump a very specific message: just as I created you, I also have the power to destroy you.
While Bannon may not understand that his presence on the political scene won't lead to a grand victory for the white race and a return to mythical 1950's America (he's simply turning more of the country blue), he does understand that the demise of the Republican establishment is within reach. Bannon is a dangerous sociopath with an immense amount of power in the Alt-Right community, and what he says ultimately goes. Should he decide that Trump no longer serves his agenda, Breitbart will stop backing him and exclusively turn its attention towards the GOP establishment. While Trump is an idiot, he has enough smarts to understand that this cannot happen. He cannot rely exclusively on Sean Hannity and his happy pals on Fox and Friends to keep the wolves at bay. He needs the internet kids, and his only access to that is through Breitbart.com.
Bannon will go unpunished for his incendiary comments, and Trump will have to come crawling back to keep him onside. Bannon's public disdain for the president's daughter and son-in-law was not enough to make Trump quit the disheveled drunk, and accusing his son of treason won't either. Bannon now owns Trump, and there's not a lot the president can do about it.