Now that Steve Bannon is leaving the White House, the Alt-Right guru will be free to use his Machiavellian talents for his own purposes. Hamstrung by those opposed to fascism and white supremacy in the White House, Bannon has largely spent the past 6 months battling “globalists” and “cucks” rather than getting his nationalist agenda enacted. Now he is out on his own, Bannon can go to war with his enemies (Jews, globalists, traditional conservatives etc etc), and attempt to destroy those who defeated him.
Unfortunately for Donald Trump, this likely means the end of his fledgling presidency.
Bannon likely still sees Trump as the most potent vehicle for his political agenda, and will use the media — more specifically Breitbart.com — to encourage the president to follow through on the ethno-nationalist policies he promised he would enact. This means an all out war on Jared Kushner, John Kelly, H.R. McMasters and anyone else he sees as being a threat to Alt-Right. In the wake of Bannon’s exit, the Alt-Right has been up in arms declaring their intent to take out the “globalist”. Said Milo Yiannopolous to Mediaite:
Steve Bannon is a patriot and a hero — and far more dangerous outside the White House than in it. Does it say good things about the Trump Administration? Not at first glance. But boy am I looking forward to having Steve back in the trenches again.
And here was Breitbart Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak:
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) August 18, 2017
Now that the Alt-Right is ginned up for a war of attrition with the conservative establishment, Trump will be caught in the middle of it in a predicament he doesn’t have the political skills to survive.
Trump’s presidency is an unprecedented disaster and he is hanging on by the skin of his teeth. His hiring of traditional conservative military men like John Kelly and H.R. McMasters to bring discipline to the White House was designed to appease growing Republican concerns over his ability to govern. But this meant purging the ethno-nationalists and enraging Trump’s base who voted for him because of his anti-establishment views. Breitbart.com, the home of all things Alt-Right, has been giving the president cover since he emerged as a political force back in 2015, but if the site turns against the administration, Trump’s presidency will collapse. Now that Breitbart has openly declared war on its perceived enemies in the White House, regardless of who Trump sides with, he will have maneuvered himself into a politically untenable situation.
Bannon has shown himself to be one of the most dangerous political operators in U.S history. He took a bumbling, barely comprehensible, 70-year old reality TV star all the way to the presidency, corralled a fascist political movement and developed a mythical status as a political guru. Now that he has now been dumped from his position of power there is absolutely no way he takes it lying down.
Sadly for Trump, this almost certainly means the total collapse of his presidency. Trump is too stupid and too erratic to stay within the confines of Republican orthodoxy, but without it he has no leverage as president, and no hope of passing meaningful legislation. Without the approval of the Alt-Right, Trump has no base and no media cover, meaning his popularity could sink to new catastrophic lows (which is hard to imagine). The war between the Alt-Right and the conservative establishment will be long and brutal — and the only winner will be the Democrats. Bannon surely understands this, but his own base wants blood and Bannon will have to give it to them. Yiannopolous released this on his website today in a telling sign of what’s to come:
Of course there is no way Bannon gets anywhere near the White House in 2020, but that’s not the point. The point is that Steve Bannon and the Alt-Right created Donald Trump, and now they are going to destroy him.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.